Pleated skirts are statements in leather

When I saw a pleated leather skirt the first time, I knew I had to had one. It is such a contrast. Pleats, the incarnation of proper school girl and leather the equivalent to tough girl. Here I am wearing my pleated black leather shirt with a gray cashmere turtleneck sweater, gray tights and gray Vince Camuto suede boots. I was going for a street chic look.

#advancedfashion over50 year old woman in a winter outfit with a pleated leather skirt
Brooks Brothers turtleneck cashmere sweater with Oliveo pleated leather skirt, GNW tights, Vince Camuto suede boots, Hermes collier de chien bangle, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, and DIY coin necklace (all own)

Accessorize a pleated leather skirt with edgy jewelry

I added my coin necklace. My dad and I planned to have this necklace done. He sent me coins for my birthday in 2010 and we designed this necklace over the phone. We, on purpose, did put them on in random order and not by size. It makes the necklace more interesting and gives it a little edge. Or let us put it this way: It makes the necklace more me.

#fashionover50 Woman wearing a turtleneck sweater with a pleated leather skirt
Side view of Brooks Brothers turtleneck sweater with Oliveo pleated leather skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Vince Camuto boots, DIY coin necklace and 3.1 Phillip Lim bag (all own)

Style your outerwear, it’s an outfit for the streets

While the photos above show the outfit that I wore at the office, the photo below shows the outfit I wore on my way to work. Temperatures are now below zero. This means they call for a thick coat. I paired my gray boots and tights with my black faux fur A-line style coat. This coat is one of the few pieces in my wardrobe that I got in town. Unfortunately, the store where I got this went out of business two years after Gottschalk went down. Gottschalk was the main reason why people visited the mall. Thus, smaller boutiques would get their crumbles. It is sad that now there is only one department store left in town.

Add a pop of color

To add a pop of color I took my 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, a gift from my husband on our wedding anniversary.

#styleover50 mature lady with a faux fur A-line coat and leather glove and skirt
A-line faux fur coat over pleated leather skirt, with Rack chevron cashmere scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc leather gloves, Vince Camuto boots, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, GNW tight, and LeatherCoatsEtc winter white beret (all own)

Do you like pleated skirts? How do you wear them to not look like a schoolgirl? Do you style your outerwear or just throw over a coat for insulation against the cold air? Let me know by email. I am curious. Let me know your dressing challenges so I can help you.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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