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The Best Leather Skirts of 2021

A cool-girl staple.

essentials leather skirt
Design by Susanna Hayward

Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

I know what you're thinking: A leather skirt paired with a bodysuit and some strappy heels is a night-out staple, and nothing else. But it's time to let your leather skirt see the light of day. These skirts come in all different styles, lengths, colors, textures, and patterns, and there's one for every occasion. If you work in a laid-back office environment, try a leather midi skirt in a neutral color and pair it with a chic sweater and some boots. Or, experiment with a fun texture by rocking a mock croc leather skirt with a classic black t-shirt. The styling options are endless, and a great leather skirt—like these options below—is guaranteed to add an instant cool factor to any look.

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Perfect Pleats
Pleated Faux Leather Midi Skirt in Chocolate
Frankie Shop thefrankieshop.com

Elevate your winter wardrobe with a pleated leather midi skirt. This one from The Frankie Shop will pair well with snakeskin boots and a chic sweater. 

Wavy Leather Skirt in Black
Veda thisisveda.com

The wavy skirt by Veda is loosely inspired by the yin-yang symbol.

A Classic Black Mini
Chai Vegan Leather Mini Skirt
Nanushka intermixonline.com

You can't beat the classics. This leather mini is perfect for a night out on the town. Pair it with a bodysuit and some sexy sandals. 

Pop of Red
Red Faux-Leather Pocket Skirt
MSGM ssense.com

This red leather midi is super versatile. Rock it during the day with a sweater and boots, or hit the town in some strappy sandals and a sexy bodysuit.  

A Touch of Texture
Arabella Croco Skirt
Stand 24s.com

Add a touch of texture to your look with this mock croc printed skirt. Style it with a white blouse, a black blazer, and some black boots for a chic outfit. 

Mix it Up
Faux-Leather and Chiffon Wrap Skirt
Self-Portrait matchesfashion.com

If a full leather skirt is a little too hardcore for your taste, try this Self-Portrait wrap skirt. The chantilly lace and pleated chiffon add a feminine touch to an otherwise edgy piece. 

A Patent Piece
Patent Faux Leather Midi Skirt
Marni mytheresa.com

Don't let patent leather intimidate you. When styled right, the touch of shine can make your look special. I suggest keeping things casual and styling the skirt with a simple black or white t-shirt and some cool combat boots.  

Keep it Neutral
Faux-leather Pencil Skirt
MANGO mango.com

If you work in a laid-back environment a leather pencil skirt can totally be office-approved. Stick to neutral colors and style the skirt with sweaters or blazers. The length is appropriate and the fit is not too tight. 

Try a Print
El Poema De La Selva Faux Leather Skirt
Johanna Ortiz mytheresa.com

Don't be afraid to try printed leather! In my opinion, snakeskin is a neutral and super easy to wear. Since the skirt is so bold, I suggest keeping the rest of your look simple. Rock this midi with a black turtleneck and some black boots.  

Add Some Edge
Distressed Leather Mini Skirt
GANNI selfridges.com.us

Add some moto-inspired edge to your look with this Ganni distressed mini skirt.

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