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How to Wear a Faux Leather Skirt 3 Ways

If you need an affordable wardrobe kick that is easy to incorporate into your current wardrobe today’s post is for you. Last week, while running into Target, I spotted this skirt and immediately scooped it up. 

It’s a nice quality, faux leather skirt, in a classic cut that’s perfect for work, and easy to tweak to go from a day in the office to a night out. 

The best part? It is only $25.  (Actually scratch that, as I publish this it’s $18!) 

Skirt Details: Available in sizes up to an 18, limited inventory. I love the cut, since so often leather-like skirts are obscenely short. Be sure to check at your local store if your size is not available online. 

3 Ways to Wear a Faux Leather Skirt to Work

Today, I wanted to show you how easy it is to wear this in a professional setting. It feels chic while still totally appropriate. Any time you can bring a different kind of texture into a traditional piece, like faux leather, suede, velvet, even a brushed cotton, you instantly add visual interest and that creates a more complex look that makes your outfit sophisticated. 

It’s the little details that elevate a look. 

Side note: If you’re new around here, welcome! You should know that the pictures of me below are not retouched or photoshopped in anyway and I don’t have professional hair or makeup (I wish!).

This is what I look like every day, I wear between a size 6 – 10 depending on the brand and I am 5’10. In the looks below I’m wearing a size medium or an 8. 

I purchase my wardrobe with my personal money and never do reviews or make recommendations in exchange for compensation from brands or retailers. 

When available I always list inclusive size options. 

Let’s jump in. 

 Outfit 1: Simple Basics 

How to Wear a Faux Leather Skirt to Work

My goal is to help you build out a wardrobe, rather than having to reinvent the wheel every time you get dressed. A big part of that is making sure you have your basics covered, so when you find a little gem like this skirt, you can quickly pull your look together without having to buy anything else.

For the first, incredibly easy outfit, I used this hunter green cashmere crew neck sweater (similar version here). I’ve had it for a few years and wear it quite often, especially this time of year.

The cashmere, paired with the faux leather, makes it feel lux even though the pieces themselves are a basic as you get.

To stay warm, a pair of Hue opaque tights (these wash well) and my go-to Sam Edelman Hazel Heels in black

Shop: Sweater / Skirt / Tights / Heels

Outfit 2: Neutral Layers

How to Wear a Faux Leather Skirt to Work

This look is my favorite because it plays with tonal texture and includes camel, which just makes it look so expensive even though it’s not. 

I added a simple black knit I found at H&M for $12.99 (I’m wearing the medium) and these fantastic Nine West boots (featured in my Best Buys of 2019 post on Monday). 

Then, I topped it off with this camel coat, also from H&M, I bought for under $60. 

Shop: Coat / Top / Skirt / Tights / Boots

Outfit 3: Print Blouse

How to Wear a Faux Leather Skirt to Work

Finally, I found this blouse at Nordstrom last week and absolutely love it.

Isn’t it so hard to find a blouse for work that stands on it’s on? This one will go with so many things, like the faux leather skirt, or your favorite black pants. You’ll look finished without needing an additional layer. 

The blouse is available in green print and solid black in sizes xxs – xxl (about an 18 or 16W) I’m wearing a medium. 

I kept the tights and heels the same as in the first outfit – but this look is totally different. I like it for an after work holiday party, or a festive lunch, you could even wear it for one of the upcoming holidays. 

Shop: Skirt / Blouse / Tights / Heels 

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How to Wear a Faux Leather Skirt  3 Ways

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Love #2! As someone who loves to dress up for work, but also lives in a climate that gets below 30 degrees and several feet of snow, it's right up my alley. Lol!

Megan Kristel

Thursday 12th of December 2019

#2 is my favorite too!

Stacy Dill

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Hi Megan, I looked at the back of the blouse; perfect for curvy petites! These outfits are something I can wear! I am a short- waisted hourglass petite on the slim side. I do have a black ( and camel) leather pencil skirt purchased at Talbots at least 10 years ago and kept from my purge. Still fit! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Enjoy your blog. More petites! Surely you have a petite friend who would model? A former client perhaps. Just a thought... Merry Christmas from Texas!

Megan Kristel

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Thanks Stacy - I'm so happy you already have a few things in your closet that you can repurpose!

As for the models, you'd be surprised how labor intensive and expensive it is to get these shots. It takes a full day to shoot just few looks, and hours of prep beforehand - which is fine for me since it's my job. But I wouldn't be able to outfit a petite, or plus friend. Retailers don't send me clothes, I purchase all of the these myself. Maybe one day when I'm not a one woman show, I could do something like that, but for now, we're really limited in resources.

I am, however, working on a way to navigate our site better so you can find petite recommendations since they are in many of the posts, just difficult to find. So stay tuned for more in 2020!!