Three fun ways to wear your leather skinnies, from casual to formal

By catherinekast
Updated December 04, 2014 02:00 PM

Black skinnies. Everyone has ’em. Everyone wants new ways to wear ’em. Recently, celebs have stepped out in totally enviable ensembles with the black leather skinny as the base. See three different formulas for creating stylish, unfussy outfits with the shiny, luxe style.

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Bella Thorne takes a ton of fashion risks, so it’s no surprise that she occasionally wants to tone down her off-duty look. With this outfit, however, she’s still able to maintain a little punk flair, accessorizing with low flat-form white brogues and an All Saints moto jacket. Her Ray-Ban aviators add a little vintage vibe, but her undone center-part hair style feels very 2014. Consider this look if you want something easy (or, um, hit a holiday party really hard the night before).


We’ve never really considered calling leather pants cozy, but Reese Witherspoon‘s bright crew-neck sweater and scarf add an element of ease to the look which — thanks to pointy-toe booties — could be taken in a more cosmopolitan direction. And we’re always all for a scarf that isn’t intricately tied because hey, how much easier is it to impeccably drape a silk scarf? Witherspoon’s Kenzo design is graphic, but in a classic red and blue palette so it’s got an All-American vibe without feeling downright patriotic, perfect for a weekend lunch date.


Olivia Palermo’s closet has long contained leather leggings, and she’s able to take them from the sidewalk to the red carpet at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London. Seriously, when you’re model gorgeous but not an Angel, why even dare to compete in something slinky? The conservative blazer combo was just as eye-catching, if only because it was an understated version of sexy, which the event is definitely not known for (see here!). This is a fabulous style to consider adding to your holiday party rotation. And feel free to take beauty cues from Palermo too: the subtly tousled blowout and smoky bedroom eyes play off the sophistication of her belted smoking jacket.

Which look do you want to try most? Share your thoughts below!

–Catherine Kast