There's a new kind of staple in town, and it's a textural spin-off of your usual wardrobe suspects. The leather (and faux leather) skirt is giving every other type of bottom a run for its money. Whether voluminous or sculptural, the leather skirt is a surprisingly versatile piece. With a crisp white button-down, cardigan, and tights, the pleated leather mini (or midi) is a good choice for the office. With a fuzzy sweater or form-fitting tee and textured/colored tights, the leather skirt is a good off-duty choice. Better yet, options for the leather skirt are just as numerous as its styling potentials. You can go short and (pleated and) sweet or long and demure; color options abound, as do metallic sheens. Hop on the bandwagon with our favorite picks—then make it yours with your own unique spin!
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Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.