Sunday 23 November 2014

Style Dilemma: How can I style a black leather skirt given to me?

Darren Kennedy

Published 12/05/2013 | 05:00

1 New Look €24.99
4. Boohoo.com €38
3 Oasis €88
5 Keds €50
2 H&M €39.95
6 A|wear €35

My friend kindly gave me a black leather skirt that no longer fits her. Any suggestions on how I can style it for day and night? Suzie (24), Dublin

Leather skirts have become an integral part of fashionable wardrobes over the past couple of years and you'd be wise to treat it well. Tough, feminine and sexy all at the same time, a leather skirt is extremely versatile.

One styling option is to tone down the skirt's inherent sexiness by pairing it with a simple button-up blouse, such as the ribbon tie-collar shirt at New Look (1 €24.99). Wear with H&M's snakeskin sling-backs (2 €39.95) for an ensemble that's perfect for a low-key night out.

If it's sophistication you're after, pare it back and wear your leather skirt with a scoop-neck marl grey tee, the floral blazer at Oasis (3 €88) and a black peep-toe stiletto.

For a casual daytime look that screams collegiate cool, wear Boohoo.com's denim varsity bomber jacket with contrasting jersey sleeves (4 €38) and a pair of Keds' blue polka-dot plimsolls (5 €50, Life Style Sports).

Come summer festival time, ditch the jacket and go for a crop top or Alwear's super-cute swallow-print shirt (6 €35).

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