Take It to Work: How to Wear Leather to the Office

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Everyone needs a go-to office uniform. But when your weekday rotation starts to feel a little too routine, the result can be a bad case of wardrobe fatigue. To keep things fresh, why not add a little leather (or faux leather) into the mix? It's guaranteed to shake things up, whether in the form of directional accessories or super sleek separates. And styled properly, it's totally workplace-appropriate. These ten outfit ideas will inspire you to get edgy at the office.

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Classic, But Cuter

The standard pencil-skirt-and-button-down combo is taken up a notch thanks to a melange of pattern and print. The key to keeping it polished? A black-and-white palette and architectural leather accessories.

BUY IT: Tommy Hilfiger shirt, $60; macys.com. Jill Sander skirt, $960; net-a-porter.com. Pamela Love earrings, $240; shopbop.com. Avec Les Filles slide, $178; macys.com

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Just Proper Enough

A leather skirt can sometimes feel a bit too biker to be professional, but shades of pink and floral prints instantly make the vibe a whole lot sweeter. Stick to straightforward silhouettes to keep it from looking overly prim.

BUY IT: Tommy Hilfiger top, $70; macys.com. DKNY skirt, $99; macys.com. Steve Madden shoe, $80; stevemadden.com. Kate Spade bag, $328; katespade.com

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Wide-Leg Wonders

The right pair of black pants are anything but boring; choose a pair with an updated, wide-leg silhouette and oversized buttons to keep things fresh. When topped with a textural striped cardigan and luxe leather accessories in unexpected colors, the result is definitely not blah.

BUY IT: M Missoni cardigan, $436; farfetch.com. DKNY pants, $49; macys.com. Vince Camuto sandal, $160; vincecamuto.com; Coach satchel, $395; macys.com

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Printed Polish

A silky pullover hits office-wear levels with the addition of crisp white palazzo pants. Slip on a pair of leather mules and top with a glitzy cross body bag for an ensemble that goes from desk to dinner in a snap.

BUY IT: DKNY top, $99; macys.com. Diane von Furstenberg culottes, $370; net-a-porter.com. DKNY mule, $140; macys.com. Steve Madden bag, $78; stevemadden.com

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Cool Colorblocking

It's no secret that a little black skirt is the wardrobe essential that goes the extra mile. Here, it serves as the backdrop for eye-catching separates like a chunky colorblock sweater, brocade mules, and golden jewelry.

BUY IT: MSGM jumper, $342; farfetch.com; Wishbone earrings, $37; macys.com. DKNY skirt, $99; macys.com. DKNY mule, $140; macys.com

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Wrapped Ruffles

An asymmetrical, ruffled top finds balance in a cascading leather skirt. Keep it streamlined by tucking in the blouse and anchor the look with a pair of sturdy mules.

BUY IT: DKNY top, $79; macys.com. Helmut Lang skirt, $1,618; matchesfashion.com. DKNY mule, $140; macys.com. Nine West watch, $49; ninewest.com

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To mix things up a bit, why not swap your usual blazer for a super soft leather jacket in a rich merlot hue? Pair it with a pale pink blouse and embroidered skinny trousers for an elevated take on business casual.

BUY IT: Iris & Ink blouse, $195; theoutnet.com. DKNY jacket, $139; macys.com. DKNY sneaker, $100; macys.com. Gucci trousers, $980; mytheresa.com

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Boss-Lady Bold

Important meetings call for timeless pieces that make a lasting impression. A shift dress in a geometric print and silver-heeled pumps feel just right, especially when accented with a colorful bag.

BUY IT: Tommy Hilfiger dress, $129; macys.com. Alexander Wang bracelet, $595; shopbop.com. Coach satchel, $245; macys.com. DKNY pump, $120; macys.com

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Metallic Mod

An unexpected combination of texture and print is the perfect way to pull yourself out of a sartorial rut. A pale blue button down pairs nicely with a shimmering leather skirt and '60s-esque earrings without being too over the top. Open-backed shoes in rich black suede keep everything grounded.

BUY IT: Tommy Hilfiger shirt, $70; macys.com. Topshop skirt, $210; topshop.com. DKNY mule, $140; macys.com. Kate Spade earrings, $68; katespade.com

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Shifted Priority

A tan leather shift makes a stunning alternative to your usual LBD pencil dress. Style it for the office by layering it over a silky, printed blouse. Futuristic platform sneakers and an embellished purse keep it totally of-the-moment.

BUY IT: DKNY blouse, $119; macys.com. Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, $278; theoutnet.com. DKNY sneaker, $125; macys.com. Coach clutch, $250; macys.com

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