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STYLE ADVICE: Can you help me style my new leather skirt for work?

Posted on: October 7, 2013

QUESTIONS: I discovered a fabulous bargain some months ago a  leather skirt in pewter metallic silver short (not mini).  Bit of a risky buy – but down from £150 to £40 and gorgeous quality hide! I have tried a slouchy black sweater black tights and boots. But I want to integrate it more into the rest of my wardrobe rather in just one outfit. I wear off beat stuff – but sometimes need to look more polished at work (I am a lecturer). The challenge is that the leather plays against most textures of tops save light wool (hence the slouchy sweater option). It also poses a challenge for jackets and/or coats. Any ideas?

ANSWER:  Metallics can always seem a tad daunting, especially when figuring out what to place them with. Keep the rest of your outfit simple with occasional splashes of colour in your accessories.

1. Day Birger et Mikkelsen shirt, £129: – A blouse is an ideal pairing with a pewter leather skirt as it will soften your look. Aim for neutral shades like ivory or pale pastels as this will contradict the leather beautifully: 

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2. French Connection blazer, £135: – A black blazer is a wardrobe must for every woman! A structured styles will suit your skirt and plays on the masculine tailoring that heavily features on the Autumn Winter catwalks – and will also look great teamed with your favourite pair of jeans: 

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3. Mango sweater, £31.99: – You mentioned you have worn a slouchy jumper with the skirt which is a really great start. We would suggest popping on a fine knit sweater rather than a chunky one as a top tucked in-to your skirt will accentuate your waist creating enviable curves! They are so many lovely styles on the high street at the moment, our fave is this pale grey versatile jumper that can also be worn on a pair of tailored trousers or tucked into an a-line skirt with your boots: https://dressipi.com/jumpers/1375959

4. Mango sweater, £24.99:– We also really like this bright sweater by Mango as blue is one of your favourite colours to wear and will really compliment your fair complexion:

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5. Zara bag, £29.99: – As a lecturer, a smart workwear bag is a necessity! Berry tones are hot property this season and will look fabulous with your pewter skirt: 

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6. Oasis coat, £98: – With regards to coats, a great style to wear over a pencil skirt is a wrap coat. They come with a belted waist which will ensure your winter coats won’t swamp your frame. When buying a coat, start with a black one as this will become your go-to cover-up, plus if it is good quality, it will see you through several winters: 

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7. Marks & Spencer coat, £99: – Look out for coats that go to the knee as this will ensure you don’t have the awkward inch of skirt hanging below the hem! A classic style is a real investment piece as you will look forward to wearing it every time the weather turns: 

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8. Somerset by Alice Temperley blouse, £99:– Lastly, to take your skirt from day-to-night, just add a touch of lace! We adore this black blouse as the detailing creates an elegant yet playful tone. Karen x

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