Two Ways: Leather Pencil Skirt
Sep 5, 2013
From Left, Earrings: Micro Knot Studs ($75) Tights: 120 Denier Topshop Tights ($16) Bag: Vince Camuto Riley Satchel ($278) Shoes: Brinda Suede Ankle Boot ($129) Jacket: ALC Black Blazer ($166) Shirt: Tory Burch Gigi Blouse ($325)
From Right, Ring: OdlR Gold Plated Ring ($135) Clutch: VC Horn Clutch ($158) Shoes: LAMB Nadeen Stilettos ($225) Necklace: Pim + Larkin Deco Necklace ($48) Sweater: Schraut Cashmere Button Back Sweater ($405)
For the Office. As I mentioned this morning, a leather pencil skirt can do anything a wool skirt can do. Here, I used it as the foundation for an outfit that would normally be made with suit separates.
I added the soft, feminine blouse to balance the strong look of the leather skirt. The mixing of textures helps create a balance that brings the leather skirt into the workplace without being so jarring. I thought about adding a grey tweed jacket with leather details, but opted for the simpler black blazer in the end. You could also skip the jacket if it’s not your speed and go for a black cardigan in a v-neck to complement the blouse.
For the accessories, I chose thick 120 denier tights (the blacker and more opaque the better, in my opinion) and a suede bootie. You can wear a leather pump or a leather bootie, but I think the balance the suede provides next to the leather skirt is nicer. And if you go for a pump, I think that a round toe looks a little harsh with tights than a pointed one.
I also like the grey bag with the outfit as an alternative to black. This pebble leather bag from Vince Camuto has a great, stylish shape. However, if you need something under-$100, this Steve Madden bag is very similar with pewter hardware and an optional crossbody strap.
For the hair, I would wear it in a really soft style. Probably down and curled at the ends. If you wanted to wear it up, make it a low, loose updo with some waves. For the makeup, I would wear a burgundy nail color like Pop Beauty Radiant Ruby and a glossy lipstick in a similar shade.
For a Dinner Date. This outfit would be great for dinner with friends, your boyfriend of an after work event at a conference. It’s dressed up and sexy without being too overdone, and I like the way the softness of the cashmere plays with the leather.
This sweater is so expensive, but I love the oatmeal color and the button details up the back. Looking for a similar sweater for less? This Neiman Marcus sweater from Last Call has the button back and the peplum in a gorgeous wine color for under-$125. It’s a total find.
Not feeling the peplum? Land’s End has a really nice half sleeve cashmere sweater that comes in a gorgeous plum color. That would be a great alternative, and it also comes in plus-size. I’ve been really surprised by how many great, staple pieces I’ve been finding at Land’s End. Who knew?
The jewelry is more modern and heavier than I usually choose, but I wanted to give the skirt some support. I love this Pim + Larkin necklace, it’s a great price and I think it could go with anything. I also found this Banana Republic necklace that isn’t quite as structural, and the beads have a great texture to them.
For the hair, I would wear it up in a Gibson roll. For the makeup, I would go with a red lip, like MAC Ruby Woo, and black eyeliner with lots of mascara.