Based on my fall/winter style board on Pinterest, it’s safe to say leather is on my radar for fall in a major way. I’m really hankering for a super cool leather jacket this year, but here in AZ we are still several weeks away from weather that it’s even remotely close to being cool enough to don a jacket of any sort. An easy way to begin wearing leather or leather inspired looks now is to find a killer skirt in either a pencil or A-line cut. Certainly, a leather skirt is going to be a tad heavier, and warmer, than its cotton, linen, or polyester counterparts, but it’s a far less sweaty way to delve into leather for fall and an easy way to incorporate leather in a day time, work appropriate way.
Leather, or its faux counterparts, can read a bit tough/rock ‘n roll, so look for pieces in classic cuts without too much sheen and with a soft, almost buttery, texture. This will prevent the piece from coming across as too severe or cheap. A classic silhouette and dull sheen will also make it easier to pair with work appropriate tops and shoes you already own. Leather is one of those wardrobe pieces that I believe it is important to invest in; you don’t have to break the bank and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars, but it is also the time to skip over a fast fashion, budget friendly retailer and head to one that caters to a working adult. Below are some great leather pencil skirt options under $100:
I purchased this leather pencil skirt eons ago back when Isaac Mizrahi was designing capsule collections for Target. I probably spent about $50 on it, which was quite an investment as a young, single teacher. Initial sticker shock aside, that $50 has turned out to be one of the wisest fashion investments I have ever made. By sticking to a classic silhouette and a duller sheen, I managed to pick up a piece that looks great each fall. To give this skirt a fun little update for this season, and to keep it from looking to heavy while it’s still 100+ outside, I paired it with an ivory blouse in a t-shirt cut. The hue helps balance out the black skirt so things don’t read too austere, while the embellished collar adds a little more femininity to the look.
Accessories are another great way to indulge longings for fall garments even when the weather isn’t cooperating. Each accessory in this look, the jeweled collar, owl purse, and metallic shoes, is a statement piece in and of itself, but they work together because of the repetition of fall inspired hues and textures.
What’s on your style radar for fall?
Style Notes: Ann Taylor shirt (summer 2014; on sale) / Isaac Mizrahi for Target skirt (years ago; love) / Kate Spade purse (fall 2014; purchased during a recent sale) / Ann Taylor shoes (fall 2014; similar) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; love)