Sometimes it’s the little touches that take your outfit from average to enviable. Celebrities have stylists to calculate all the complicated nuances of putting together a look, but we aren’t all so fortunate. Luckily, tFS has put together some celeb-inspired styling tips and tricks to help you put together a look that’s got that extra oomph! This week, Gretchen Jones, Mollie Kingand Jane Keltner de Valle show us how to make a leather skirt preppy, professional, or party-ready.
Tip #1: A prim button-down lends a touch of prep to a flared leather skirt
Director of fashion news for Teen Vogue, Jane Keltner de Valle, struck a balance between edgy and preppy by tucking a sheer pastel button-down into a black leather skirt. The skirt’s flared edge gives it a more feminine feel than a straight leather mini would, and details like her slide sandals and the buttoned up blouse keep the look fresh. For cooler weather, make it a chic suit with a black or camel blazer and cozy tights.
1. Naven Biker Skirt – $154; 2. Microsuede Mini Cross Body Bag – $16; 3. Michael Kors Josie Black Zip Pump – $164.85; 4. American Apparel Chiffon Oversized Button-Up $58; 5. H&M Flared Imitation Leather Skirt – $31
Tip #2: Leather adds a tough edge to a professional pencil skirt
The pencil skirt is a classic professional staple, but just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Kick things up in a leather pencil skirt like the one Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones wore to New York Fashion Week. Jones color blocked in a bright orange leather pencil skirt and jade chiffon blouse. Add a statement necklace and lace-up booties, and you’ve got a winning look.
1. Tibi Leather Pencil Skirt – $620; 2. Jade Green Bambi Blouse – $73; 3. Sweet and Savoury Faux Leather Skirt – $69.99; 4. Steve Madden Treppidd – $89.99; 5. H&M Imitation Leather Pencil Skirt – $39; 6. Pure Honeycomb Necklace – $27.99
Tip #3: A leather circle skirt makes a perfect party piece
Mollie King looked ready to party as she left a London recording studio with her group The Saturdays. She layered rock n’ roll pieces like a mahogany leather circle skirt, multi-layered belt and chunky suede booties with a tame navy blazer and black velvet tank for a fun and young look that you don’t need guts to pull off.
1. Dorothy Perkins Navy One Button Blazer – $49; 2. Carvela Sustain Suede Platform Shoe Boots $235; 3. BB Dakota Brooke Velvet Tank – $62; 4. A.L.C. Aimee Leather Skirt – $415; 5. Athena Double Wrap Studded Hip Belt – $54; 6. H&M Leather Skirt – $19