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WITH ITS ROCK’N’ROLL as­so­ci­a­tions, the leather skirt isn’t renowned for its re­laxed wear­a­bil­ity. Un­til now, that is, be­cause it’s been given a re­boot for AW18, with a midi length and a right-for-now earthy palette.

A leather midi is your ideal choice for au­tumn: leather is warm enough to negate the need for an­noy­ing tights, it works well with a heel or a boot, and nails day-to-night dress­ing. It’s sur­pris­ingly wear­able, too. Just ask the preg­nant Meghan Markle, who wore an emer­ald green ver­sion dur­ing a visit to Sus­sex ear­lier this month.

“Leather skirts are a wardrobe es­sen­tial,” says Tibi’s Amy Smilovic of her midis that in­clude but­tery leathers in sil­ver and elec­tric blue, com­plete with asym­met­ric de­tails. “We de­signed this sea­son’s skirt to have the ease of a track pant – ours are cut to fall nat­u­rally on the body, with a soft drape.” And like all good track pants, the full-skirted style has handy deep pock­ets.

Styling, as ever, is key. “Leather midis are a great tran­si­tional piece,” says El­iz­a­beth Von Der Goltz, Global Buy­ing Di­rec­tor at Net-a-Porter. “Sim­ply add a roll neck or a shirt and boots. With trousers, you need to think about the style, fit, length – midiskirts are a no-brainer.”

From high street to lux­ury, there’s an ar­ray on the mar­ket. If you opt for clas­sic black, choose one with di­rec­tional de­tail­ing: think draw­string waists, but­ton­down fronts and ex­posed zips.

And how to wear a coloured leather? “You can be brave with the colour as long as the rest of your out­fit is pared back – per­haps team with a beau­ti­ful camel knit,” ad­vises El­iz­a­beth. How very chic… and not a fish­net in sight.

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