How to Wear a Leather Miniskirt

by Jennifer Blair
Sarah Winters gives a black leather mini some polish with an elegant button-down blouse.

Sarah Winters gives a black leather mini some polish with an elegant button-down blouse.

When you want a bold, sexy look, it's tough to top a miniskirt -- unless you opt for a leather style, which can catapult you from cool to rockstar in an instant. Pulling off the look definitely takes some confidence and the right complementary pieces; since the skirt is such a sultry item itself, avoid sexy tops that show off too much skin. Instead, pair your leather miniskirt with items that are a little more modest so you look stylish and chic instead of over the top.

Go Polished

Since a leather miniskirt has an edgy vibe on its own, pairing it with elegant, polished pieces can create a striking contrast. Wear your skirt with a simple white button-down blouse and black pumps for a sexy, sophisticated look. You can also pair the skirt with a cropped black blazer and white shell or a fine-gauge, boat-neck sweater. Add sophisticated jewelry like a thick gold or silver chain necklace and small hoop earrings to finish off your look.

Keep It Modern

A leather mini is an ideal centerpiece if you want to create a sleek, modern appearance. Wear your skirt with a fitted black or white turtleneck for a minimalist ensemble. Add black suede ankle booties -- an open-toe pair has plenty of modern flair that fits the look to a tee. Jewelry is best kept to a minimum, so all you need is a pair of simple silver hoops and an unadorned silver cuff bracelet to pull the outfit together.

Go Girly

Since a leather mini has a tough rocker chick look to it, it can be fun to pair it with delicate feminine pieces for a contrast between edgy and sweet. Try your leather mini with a lace blouse in a pale color like white, peach or blush. Add heels with girly details like bows or rhinestone embellishments to keep the look soft, and opt for classic jewelry like a strand of pearls or pearl studs. You can also wear the mini with a blouse that features other feminine details -- think a floral pattern, ruffles or a tie-front neckline -- for the perfect balance of hard and soft.

Keep It Casual

A leather miniskirt is such a statement piece that you may think you can only wear it with other bold, dressy items. But pairing the skirt with relaxed, casual pieces creates a fresh, stylish ensemble. Try wearing your skirt with a simple striped T-shirt or cropped sweatshirt. A denim or chambray shirt can also work well -- tuck it or knot it at the waist of your leather mini for a flirty look. Add a pair of flat ankle boot or your favorite ballet flats to keep the vibe understated and relaxed.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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