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Outfit Ideas: 1 Leather Skirt, 3 Ways

Take fall’s biggest trend for a spin with a sassy pleated skirt.

Leather is everywhere this season. We’ve seen it pop up on skinny pants, contrast-sleeve coats, and everything in between—and we definitely don’t hate it. The buttery fabric doesn’t have to scream edgy, though—when picked in the right silhouette and properly styled, it can just whisper it. Here, we’ve fashioned three polished outfits using a feminine semi-pleated skirt that’s flattering on everyone.

Leather can look professional, provided you pair it with the right pieces. A a dainty embellished jacket and sparkly studs play off the toughness of the skirt, and contrasting colored heels are a fun surprise.

Rebecca Taylor skirt, $595 at Net-a-Porter; Co-Ord embellished crop jacket, $190 at Topshop; Isla pumps, $49.95 at SoleSociety; rhinestone clip-ons, $5.80 at Forever 21; and Vince silk shirt, $2169.90 at Nordstrom.

Trick your date into thinking you’re a huge baseball fan (little does he know you’re rocking the “it” shirt of the moment). Dress it up with a jeweled necklace and ladylike pumps, then add a pop of color with rich berry nails.

Baseball tee, $11.74 at CheapesTees; Crystal Shard Burst Necklace, $87.95 at ASOS; Marc Fisher pumps, $80.10 at Macy’s; bag, $325.42 at Asos; and Essie polish in Raspberry.

A cozy knit sweater in a neutral color is perfect for kicking back at a relaxing brunch with friends. Keep makeup low-key (a mauve lip is a good bet), then add rich violet accents with your jewelry and shoes. A roomy tote will hold purchases in the event of a spontaneous post-meal shopping trip.

Ivory metallic waffle jumper, $55 at Dorothy Perkins; Leila shoe, $79.98 at Shoemint; Patton tote, $75.50 at Piperlime; Petunia necklace, $38 at 31Bits; L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in Fairest Nude, $8.95; and Raol top, $215 at Stylebop.

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