Ways to wear: the leather skirt

The prospect of a leather skirt is often met with uncertainty. Alas, at Whistles we believe this sumptuous piece should be regarded as a contemporary staple that offers surprising versatility, from casual day dressing to authoritative evening dress. Combine our leather skirts with simple luxe jersey pieces to realise the full potential of this contemporary staple. Super short hemlines can feel dated, so opt for either a mid-length style or a slightly shorter hem that grazes the knee. Our calf-length Katia Circle skirt takes on a casual slant when paired with our Varsity Letter Sweat. We love this look for a road-tripping weekend away – our Canvas Shopper is the ideal vessel for all your essentials.

Our white Panelled Leather Pencil Skirt provides a contemporary take on summer dressing. Team it with a textured white jersey for a luxe take on our white riot trend.

To master this look with the required modernity and nonchalance, keep legs bare and accessories to a choice minimum. Our Wrap Leather Skirt will transcend trends and last from season to season – and the a-line silhouette is super flattering. Try wearing it with our Lacie Linen Twist Stripe Top for effortless cool that gently references the Parisian cool of Jean Seberg in cult classic À bout de soufflé (1961). Our Kamikaze Ankle Strap Platforms will keep this look current.

Counterbalance figure-hugging skirt silhouettes with a longer sleeve or slightly loose-fitting top. Pair our Stretch Leather Skirt with our Anna Textured Top for directional office dressing on those difficult to decipher overcast days. When the sun does appear, reach for our Ali Heavy Frame Sunglasses. The oversized, transparent frames will modernise any look.

A subtle shift in detail will sharpen this look for night. Reach for our Split Hem Linen Tee and Stud Leather Cuff to add a little interest, or opt for our Embossed Leather Skirt and team with a pared back separate, such as our Seam Back Tee, to retain the laid-back spirit of this look.