Pleated Skirts Get an Edge in Leather
Oliveo pleated leather skirt, Ugg faux fur fall sandals, Rebecca Collins necklace, unbranded leather beret (all own), zebra top c/o Covered Perfectly and nude opaque tights c/o Hipstik

Usually, I am not a big fan of pleats. There are two exceptions tartan sewn down pleads and leather pleats like in this skirt. Both type of pleats have an edge of street style which I like. In this post, I share how to style a pleated leather skirt to not look like a biker chick.

Contents
  1. Pleated Skirts Are Statements in Leather
  2. Try Your Pleated Leather Skirt with a Cashmere Sweater
  3. Accessorize a Pleated Leather Skirt with Edgy Jewelry

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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.

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Try Your Pleated Leather Skirt with a Cashmere Sweater

In the first outfit idea, I styled the pleated leather skirt with white cashmere sweater working along the eternal classic of a black and white look. It’s foolproved when you keep your cleavage covered.

Hermes collier de chien leather bracelet and cuff, onyx flower ring

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Oliveo pleated leather skirt with Brooks Brothers mock neck winter white sweater, Nine West camouflage booties, Hermes collier de chien bangles, pantyhose, Hermes collier de chien bracelet, onyx flower ring, and my late grandma’s brooch, which is a gift from my late Dad, and Paloma Picasso sunglasses (all own)

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In the second look, the top is a turtleneck sweater. The turtleneck gives the look a modest vibe and counteracts the sexiness of the leather. Thus, it makes the look even office appropriate when your work dress code allows wearing leather. Gray tights and gray suede boots make for a cool street chic look. At the office, switch into pumps. Learn why you should switch your shoes in this ultimate guide on how to avoid cold feet in frigid temperatures.

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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

The first look is dressed the sweater up with a brooch that once belonged to my late grandmother. In 2010, my father gave me this former brooch of his mother for my birthday. In addition, the look is accessorized with a leather and the collier de chien cuff that my husband gave me for the 20th anniversary of my first PhD. I am a big fan of anything studded. To keep the edge of the look despite of the classic color combination, add some booties that draw attention to the ankles. In this example,my pony hair camouflage booties and sunglasses for an Alaska type spring look made the finishing touch of the look.

In the second example, the coin necklace make a statement and takes the attention away from the skirt. My dad and I planned to have this necklace done. He sent me coins for my birthday in 2010. 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.

Takehome Message

Pleated leather skirts are a statement. However, you can style the the same way as a pleated skirt. Keep the tops on the modest side to counteract the sexiness of the leather. The big benifit of a leather skirt? It doesnt bear the risk too look Old Lady like many pleated skirts do.

Do you like pleated skirts? What about a pleated leather skirt for a change? When you are in the market for adding the leather trend to your wardrobe, learn what to look for when shopping leather clothes.

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