Style Staple: The Leather Mini Skirt

No 2014 summer wardrobe is complete without that fabulous style staple: the leather mini skirt. Whether you opt for traditional black (although this year’s designs are anything but traditional), or a gorgeous colour, a leather mini-skirt is your must-have item for all occasions. With a fabulous range of colours, including soft pinks, mauves and aubergines, and even pillar box red, as well as cool white, there is no excuse for ignoring this sensational fashion trend.

The beauty of the leather mini-skirt lies in its versatility. For casual day wear, you can’t go wrong with a hint of the traditional biker look. Zippers are a feature of these designs, either for fastening or for added detail. A simple zip front skirt, with zip pockets and eyelet straps looks wonderful when worn with a little ribbed crop-top featuring a matching zipper. Or team with a long, off-the-shoulder pullover and casual jacket to ring the changes. Added embellishments might include a zip leg slit for extra zing.

A fitted leather mini-skirt is the perfect way to flaunt your curves. A wrap-around style with asymmetric hem gives you a sophisticated air, especially when matched with a loose black crop-top and mules. Try a straight skirt with a sparkly top and leather jacket, together with high heels, to ensure you are ideally dressed for whatever the night brings. Or for an unusual touch, opt for a diagonal zip closure, again with asymmetric hem, matched with a vest or sloppy joe-style top.

If you like your mini skirts with a bit more flounce, then take a look at some of the more decorative designs around. Borrowing from the iconic tennis dress, a softly flared skirt matched with a soft-knit pullover and long jacket looks great, or choose a skirt with defined pleats in raspberry pink, worn with an oversize tee. You can even get panelled or frilled designs for real impact.

Your footwear can help set the tone for your overall ensemble, so vary your look by wearing different styles for easy mix-and-match outfits. Dress down with a pair of designer sneakers or short flat boots for day wear. Mules or Roman sandals add emphasis to longer legs, whilst tall strappy sandals or stiletto heels give you super-model appeal for an evening out. You can even wear the leather mini-skirt to the office, by adding a tailored blouse and flat heels for comfort with panache.

Shea Marie is wearing sunglasses from Ferragamo, mini leather skirt from A.L.C, shoes from Alexander Wang and a denim jacket from Free People

Shea Marie is wearing sunglasses from Ferragamo, mini leather skirt from A.L.C, shoes from Alexander Wang and a denim jacket from Free People

Marianna N Is Wearing A Grey Top From Esprit, Leather Miniskirt From Zara, Shoes From Roberto Festa And A Bag From Givenchy

Marianna N Is Wearing A Grey Top From Esprit, Leather Miniskirt From Zara, Shoes From Roberto Festa And A Bag From Givenchy

Sara Carbonero Is Wearing Leather Mini Skirt Grey Tee And Studded Biker Boots

Sara Carbonero Is Wearing Leather Mini  Skirt Grey Tee And Studded Biker Boots

Asymmetrical Leather Wrap Mini Skirt Unknown Model/Photographer

Asymmetrical Leather Wrap Mini Skirt Unknown Model/Photographer

Anouk Yve Is Wearing A White Shirt From Comma And A Black Mini Leather Skirt From All Saints

Anouk Yve Is Wearing A White Shirt From Comma And A Black Mini Leather Skirt From All Saints

We Wore That Is Wearing A Black Leather Skirt From Reformation

The featured photo and the one above is of We Wore That Wearing A Black Leather Skirt And White Top From Reformation, The Sunglasses Are From Prada

Sara Donaldson Is Wearing Navy Leather Jacket From Camilla and Marc, Navy Leather Mini Skirt From Kahlo, Sequin Top From Manning Cartell And Shoes From Boutique 9

Sara Donaldson Is Wearing Navy Leather Jacket From Camilla and Marc, Navy Leather Mini Skirt From Kahlo, Sequin Top From Manning Cartell And Shoes From Boutique 9

Sincerely Jules Is Wearing A Black Leather Mini Skirt From Zara, Army Green Jacket From Current/Elliott, Grey T-Shirt From Madewell, Bag From Goya And Sunglasses From RayBan

Sincerely Jules Is Wearing A Black Leather Mini Skirt From Zara, Army Green Jacket From Current/Elliott, Grey T-Shirt From Madewell, Bag From Goya And Sunglasses From RayBan

Fake Leather Wearing Leather Mini Skirt From Maje, Oversized Crop Top Sweater From Oasap, Proenza Schouler Bag And Mules From Zara

Fake Leather Wearing Leather Mini Skirt From Maje, Oversized Crop Top Sweater From Oasap, Proenza Schouler Bag And Mules From Zara

Kayla Seah Is Wearing A Black Leather Mini Skirt From Zara, Grey Tank Top From & Other Stories

Kayla Seah Is Wearing A Black Leather Mini Skirt From Zara, Grey Tank Top From & Other Stories

Maryna Linchuk In White Top And Black Leather Mini Skirt. Photography By Greg Kessler

Maryna Linchuk In White Top And Black Leather Mini Skirt. Photography By Greg Kessler/Kessler Studio

Grey Top And Black Leather Mini Skirt. Photography By Greg Kessler/Kessler Studio

Grey Top And Black Leather Mini SkirtPhotography By Greg Kessler/Kessler Studio

Black On Black Leather Skirt Unknown Photographer

Black On Black Leather Skirt Unknown Photographer