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Shop Your Closet: Leather Skirt

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[When moving into either a dorm or an off-campus apartment, your wardrobe will face two major challenges: 1. A major lack of funding (to add more to it), and 2. A major lack of storage space. For these two reasons, maximizing what you already own becomes essential. That’s why you need to learn to Shop Your Closet. Each week, I’ll show you how to wear 1 item 3 ways – with the stuff you most likely already own! – to get the most out of your purchases.]

This week I’ve decided to choose a fall trend that you may not already own but totally, totally should: the leather skirt. Stay with me, K?

The leather skirt is super versatile and can be worn with a wide variety of items for many different occasions. Though this item may seem tricky to incorporate into your wardrobe, it’s a challenge everyone should take on. Especially because it’s possible to build outfits around a leather skirt with stuff you’ve already got lying around (because lord knows you haven’t had time to hang anything up since midterms started….). And since the leather skirt is so popular right now, everyone from uber expensive Michael Kors to budget friendly Forever 21 has a version to try.

So try it! And then try one of these looks:

For Somethin’ More Serious:


Leather Skirt
, Blazer, T-shirt, Statement Necklace, Booties

This first look is perfect for a job interview, internship or other occasion that calls for professional dress (class presentation, anyone?). “How could a leather skirt ever look profesh?!” you ask. Easy! By pairing it with more subdued pieces.

Throw on one of the many basic tees you’ve got and dress it up with a statement necklace (or you could wear a shirt with an embellished neckline). Top on a boyfriend blazer with the sleeves rolled up and a pair of fabulous ankle booties (or your favorite pumps) for a look that is chic, trendy and totally professional. And if the weather is getting chilly, solid black tights will work perfectly with this look.

For Something More Fun:

Leather Skirt, Lace top, Tights, Heels.

For a night on the town, there is no pairing quite like leather and lace. Although, if you want to avoid looking overtly sexy, I’d go with a cami rather than a bandeau under that top. Just tuck it in to the skirt, add a statement shoe (anything from a pump to a flat will do) to finish off the look and you’re done. Seriously, it’s that easy.

For Everything Else:

Leather Skirt, Blouse, Trench, Handbag, Flats.

For another classic look, wear your leather skirt with your favorite button-up shirt – either patterned or solid will work – then toss on your fall trench. Add a pair of comfy, colorful flats for some contrast and your go-to handbag and you’re all set for wherever life takes you.

[Check out the other ways Leah’s re-thinking her wardrobe.]

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