THE LEATHER SKIRT
GETS COMFY( yes, really !)
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 A/W ’18, with a midi length and a right-for-now earthy colour 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. They’re 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-aPorter. ‘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, button-down 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.