Leather skirt: outfits and models to show off


Passepartout garment for every occasion, from the most formal and elegant ones, also ideal for the more casual ones: we are talking about leather skirt or leather skirt, which since 1970 has established itself as an evergreen trend to show off in a different way but perfect in every season.

A beloved garment in all its cuts, whether mini or midi, in all its souls, from the most elegant and refined to the most rock and daring ones and in all its forms, whether it is soft and fluttering or tight like a sheath dress.

There are many brands that season after season they re-propose the leather skirt in their collections, from catwalks to fast fashion chains. In recent years, soft and enveloping colors such as white and beige are preferred to classic black, alongside natural and earthy shades, such as brown, khaki and forest green.

The story of the leather skirt

The history of the skirt dates back to 1963 thanks to the invention of Mary Quant, who letting himself be guided by his intuition launched the first miniskirt in the Swinging London of those years, thus uncovering the legs of all women.

With the emergence of the fashion of the 70s and all the styles that have marked and characterized the decade, such as hippies, skirts lengthen and reach the knee. But it is thanks to the experimentation and discovery of new materials during the Seventies that the first models of leather skirts also appear on the market.

The 1980s crowned power dressing with the introduction of the pencil skirt, which becomes the new women’s work uniform. The fashion of the 90s is instead inspired by the origins and re-proposes the miniskirt, revisiting it: tartan and denim are replaced by leather, and buttons on the front are adopted for the front closure.

leather skirtMeghan Markle and her personal stylist love the leather skirt very much! Source: pinterest

Today the leather skirt is an absolute trend and is sported especially during the mid-season: easy to match and perfect for any occasion in the early hours of the day it will be enough to combine it with a pair of tights, but if the temperatures allow it can be easily worn even without socks, thanks also to the new materials with which is made.

Undisputed protagonist in the daily looks of recent years, the leather skirt has established itself as an evergreen trend thanks also to Meghan Markle who showed it off in some public extras. For her always and only soft and warm colors, while her favorite model is the pencil skirt, knee-length and high-waisted.

Most popular types and models

leather skirtLeather skirt, the most popular models. Source: asos

Who said the leather skirt only has to be black? In the ASOS winter catalog, the River Island brand offers one of the most loved models, the high-waisted miniskirt: with quilted detail and decorative buttons, it is perfect to be worn with both romantic and elegant blouses and sweaters with a more sporty cut.

Stradivarius is instead inspired by the very popular miniskirt of the 90s, with front closure with buttons. The khaki model has two maxi side pockets and is high-waisted, to combine with turtlenecks, maxi cardigans and cuissardes boots.

The longuette is undoubtedly the most loved and sought after type of leather skirt, thanks to its elegant and sober mood. In its winter collection River Island proposes “Ponte”, a high-waisted model with knee length and slit on the back, perfect to wear even at work.

Those who love details, on the other hand, will fall in love with the model with cross on the front proposed by the brand. Thanks to the high waist the central slit extends to mid-thigh, thus lengthening and enhancing the figure.

Knee-length leather skirt Only

Knee-length leather skirt Only

If you are looking for a knee-length leather skirt, the model proposed by the Only brand is right for you! Available in a single black variant, the pleating extends over the entire length of the skirt, has a practical and comfortable elasticated band that rests on the waist. Perfect to show off both with an oversized sweater and an elegant shirt!

34 € on Amazon


  • The length of the skirt is enriched by a delicate pleating
  • With a high waist, the skirt has a very comfortable stretch band


  • Available exclusively in the black variant

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Outfits and combinations to inspire you

leather skirtThe outfits and combinations to inspire you to show off your leather skirt! Source: pinterest

The leather skirt can be flaunted on many different occasions, from a day at the office to a more elegant appointment. The short model is perfect for those who want to slim their figure, especially when combined with a pair of ankle boots with heel or, for a more rock version, with a pair of amphibians and sheer stockings.

The more elegant and formal occasions, on the other hand, prefer more sophisticated cuts and midi lengths. If you are planning a gallant date or a special occasion you can also opt for models in particular cuts, such as the slit on the thigh that reveals the leg, or focus on overlapping.

But the leather skirt it is also an excellent ally in office outfits: boys with stocking in sight and over cardigan resting on a shirt, a sweater or a t-shirt and that’s it!

If your soul is more sporty and casual, we advise you to combine your leather skirt with a pair of sneakers, a well-visible terry sock with a patterned bomber jacket. Play with contrasts and combine the various styles to create a unique and original outfit!

The leather skirt in the 2020/21 fashion trends

leather skirtThe leather skirt in the fall / winter 2020 and spring / summer 2021 fashion shows. Source: pinterest

In the fall / winter 2020/2021 fashion shows we saw a very wide range of different types and models of leather skirts, but the real protagonist is (and will be) the color. Black is almost totally forgotten in favor of softer colors, such as sage green, pastel shades and all shades from white, from cream to more candid.

At the presentation of his winter collection Valentino showed a black model with a bold central slit up to the thigh, while Coach proposed a version in intense sage green with central buttons, belt at the waist and calf length.

Next year, however, the shades of which the leather skirt will be dyed will be beige, pastel shades and the inevitable shades of earth. Hermès, in its spring / summer 2021 collection, proposes a high-waisted miniskirt with belt detail at the waist.

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