Not Just for Harleys

All Saints skirt
All Saints skirt; Bloomingdales, scarf; Calypso, cotton shirt; Portobello Road

A few years back, leather may have seemed too casual or edgy to wear to work – to me anyway! It was for weekend wear, mostly with jeans….well, times have changed and styles have expanded……while I am very much conscious of sending a serious message in my role at work, it can certainly include leather pieces. The skirt shown above is actually a waxed cotton, but looks just like leather at a fraction of the cost. If you do wear leather to work, keep a few tips in mind:

– Not skin tight! Form fitting is good, but don’t look like you are out of the movie Grease! (These pics make my skirt look tighter than it really is)
– Keep length of skirt to the knee or just below, no shorter
– Wear a conservative shoe or boot; no spike ankle-straps
– Balance the other parts of your outfit with a conservative style.
– One piece of leather is enough – don’t wear leather head to toe.
– A black motorcycle style jacket probably still best for the weekend!

Worn with conservative cotton shirt, Ginger's Chanel bag
Worn with conservative cotton shirt, Ginger’s Chanel bag
'work appropriate' Tory Burch pump
‘work appropriate’ Tory Burch pump
Theory bronze leather jacket; Neiman Marcus
A different day…..Theory bronze leather jacket; Neiman Marcus

What’s nice about leather is that is adds another texture, so makes an outfit more interesting and current….it’s weight is also perfect for the fall season……..another added plus is its versatility – when the work day is done, some sexy shoes and bold earrings and you are ready for fun!

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  • That’s a great look–love the print blouse with the leather skirt. Do you ever pair a traditional jacket with a leather skirt? I have a brown Theory leather skirt with stitched down pleats that is fine for the office but needs a more conservative jacket or dressy sweater. I have trouble finding a color and style to balance with the skirt.

    • I actually put a tweed blazer with this “leather” skirt this weekend and it looked great (had no time to take pic!)….it is a very fitted 3 button blazer in a traditional gray tweed, like menswear, has tortoise shell buttons….something like that would look just as nice with a brown skirt, I got it years ago at Ralph Lauren outlet store…..or how about a deep navy blazer? The style will make a big difference, I think something that is not cropped will look best….:-)

      • Thank you! I have a tweed jacket that might work. Probably just need to experiment with different options. I really enjoy your blog and the separates you put together for work and weekends!


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