How to wear a long leather skirt (style guide)

over 50 years old fashion blogger in maxi leather skirt with camo jacket and graphic Tee
    1. What to wear with a maxi leather skirt
      • Try the maxi leather skirt with a cardigan
      • Long over long and over short
      • Pick two colors and work with their different saturation
    2. How to wear a long nappa skirt on dry, below freezing winter days
    3. How to style your outerwear when wearing a maxi skirt

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What to wear with a maxi leather skirt

Today’s post provides tips and tricks how to style a maxi leather skirt. When I saw the long hide skirts on the runway at fashion week, they called my name. I have loved leather since I was a child (read this post to find out why). Thus, I bought this tea-length beauty in cherry red. It’s perfect for windy, but dry weather when temperatures are in the 50 to 60F (10 to 15o. Of course, tights underneath permit wearing the skirt also at temperatures below the freezing point.

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Try the maxi leather skirt with a cardigan

In this post, I show how to wear a leather skirt that is almost floor length. This outfit example shows this cherry red A-line leather skirt with fall snake skin open-toe booties, a short-sleeve cashmere black knit sweater, and a gray cashmere cardigan.

Like with fabric maxi skirts, you have to balance the skin/fabric to not look old-fashioned. Thus, when it is already too cold to go bare legs, fake the look with pantyhose like in the inspiration photos below. Also you have to create a balance between the long skirt and whatever you wear on top. Knotting the tails of the cardigan “shortens” it visually, and adds some shape. The bold necklace that I made in a recreational class when I was in college, adds further interest. The bright cherry red added a pop of color to up the mood on this rainy fall day. Its leather is a great wind protection.

stylist with a long red A-line leather skirt with sweater and cardigan

fashion blogger styling a Long leather skirt
Outfit details: Oliveo long leather skirt (similar here), Moda International cashmere cardigan, Moda International sweater, structured bag, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Bulova watch, unbranded pantyhose, open-toe snake print sandals, and DIY necklace (all own)

Long over long and over short

While in the above look, the knotted tails of the cardigan create a long-under-short look, the look below shows a long jacket over the top, and hence a long-over-long look. Again the right balance for the hem lines is important for the look to work. Pulling the drawstrings a bit gives the illusion of a peplum. It creates some curves and highlights the waistline of the skirt. All these efforts serve to balance the look.

fashion blogger over 50 in camouflage jacket with red leather skirt

style blogger in casual look with leather skirt
Outfit details: Orvis camouflage floral print utility jacket, Keep Calm Let the Meteorologist Handle It T-shirt, Oliveo maxi leather skirt, Steve Madden fall sandals, unbranded pantyhose, studs, headband, Hermes collier de chien cuff (all own), and green sandelwood watch c/o Jord

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Try a 3/4 sleeve Tee

Another way to create a skin-leather balance is to go for a short-sleeve or 3/4 sleeve top. The outfit idea below features a 3/4 sleeve striped T-shirt with the nappa bottom. The plateau sandals add height which helps to not overwhelm the frame. A high heel is a Must for all petites when wearing anything “maxi.”

fashion blogger in maxi leather skirt with striped T-shirt

fashion blogger donning a pre-fall look with long skirt and sleek top

midlife woman in maxi leather skirt
Outfit details: Oliveo long leather skirt with Dr. Scholl wedge sandals, DIY long necklace, Festina watch, pearl studs  (all own) and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer

Pick two colors and work with their different saturation

The following example shows this long cherry red leather skirt with a menswear cable-knit sweater and a big statement necklace in beige and rose. The necklace’s beads are a darker and lighter version of the sweater’s and skirt’s colors, respectively. The Hunter boots pick up the color of the beige strands in the necklace. The wide sweater offsets the slim cut of the skirt (or vice versa). This means the looks is an example of bulky  with slim.

fashion blogger over 50 wearing a long leather skirt with oversized sweater

older woman in an ankle length nappa skirt and oversized sweater

How to style your outerwear when wearing a maxi skirt

Long skirts are a summer thing? No way! They are great on dry winter days as well. Especially when the material is leather. The temperatures just have to be low enough that even around the warmest time of the day there is no risk of snow melt. Under these conditions, long leather skirts are great. One can wear warm leggings underneath for nobody to see. Even long johns would work. Everything is covered up and the full length provides some protection from the wind too. However, you have to pair the maxi skirt with a short jacket or cape to create a balanced outerwear outfit.

Under the sweater I wear a long sleeve layering top to provide some extra insulation. Note that coarse knits like this sweater are “cold bridges”. The air can easily enter or leave through the loops of the knit. Thus, a fisherman cable-knit sweater like this one is not a good protection from the cold in windy climates. Even in cold climates with calm or no winds like in Interior Alaska, it needs some extra thoughts. My solution was to wear the cape shown below that does not easily let air in or out. Paired with the beret the outfit gets a 70s French twist.

fashion over 50 Winter look with cape and long leather skirt
Vintage cape worn over long leather skirt with oversize cable-knit sweater outfit accessorized with LV bucket bag, gloves, statement necklace, LeatherCoatsEtc beret and gloves, Hunter boots (all own)

Note that when wearing rubber boots in snow it is an urgent need to wear wool socks in the boots. The rubber conducts the cold very well and one gets quickly cold feet outside when one forgets to put on thick socks. Actually, here I am wearing two pair. The one you can see in the photo below that I rolled over the top of the boots for some extra stylish twist and the socks of the tights.

style book author wearing a maxi skirt with a jens jacket and plateau sndals in early fall
Outfit details: Hermes collier de chien leather band, Dr. Scoll plateau sandals, Great Northwest medium wash jeans jacket, Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel, Festina watch, DIY achate pendant  necklace (all own) and striped 3/4 sleeve T-shirt c/o Marine Layer

A waist or upper hip long jeans or (colored) denim jacket is a great cover-up to stay warm in the already cool morning and evening hours in fall.

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