5 Wearable, Versatile Leather Skirts

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Does the idea of a leather skirt conjure up images of tarty women in skin-tight black minis? You're not alone. When I first heard whispers that a leather skirt was going to be a must-buy for Fall 2011, my mind immediately went to the black mini... and shuddered. But, thankfully, designers had something totally different in mind this year. I think you'll agree, just about anyone can pull off one of these stylish leather skirts.

For Fall 2011, the leather skirt is anything but mini and available in a range of colors beyond basic black. The new generation of leather skirts can even go to the office -- albeit a fairly creative office, but we'll take what we can get. Check out some of my picks for the best ways to snag a truly wearable leather skirt, and how to style it.

It's the color of this beautiful lambskin skirt that pulls me in. The rich gingerbread color paired with royal purple looks just right for Fall.

Leith Leather Midi Skirt

→ Buy the Leith Leather Midi Skirt, $328.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.

This midi-length skirt with silk lining provides a perfect backdrop to Fall's '70s-inspired tie-neck tops. The look is ladylike, but still slightly subversive.

Raoul Leather Midi Skirt

→ Buy the Raoul Leather Midi Skirt, $395.00, at shopbop.com; shipping and returns are free.

Stella McCartney is the go to label for snagging leather looks in 100% vegan-approved materials. This chic faux leather front pencil skirt is proof that "vegan fashionista" is not a contradiction.

Stella McCartney Faux Patent Leather-Front Skirt

→ Buy the Stella McCartney Faux Patent Leather-Front Skirt, $695.00, at neimanmarcus.com.

A leather skirt with movement and swing? Sure, why not. This silk-lined lambskin skirt pulls it off. Click through to see a video of the swing in action.

Lyn Devon Molly Leather Skirt

→ Buy the Lyn Devon Molly Leather Skirt, $1,150.00, at shopbop.com; shipping and returns are free.

Get the look on the cheap -- without sacrificing the 100% leather construction -- with this super affordable find. It's available in 3 different colors, in sizes 4 to 18.

Excelled Leather Skirt

→ Buy the Excelled Leather Skirt, $89.99, at sears.com.