Luxe vs Budget Find – Pleated Leather Skirt

As stores are transitioning into Fall and I’m getting ready to figure out what items I really want to invest in I sometimes get obsessed with a particular item.  Next season’s leather trends from blazers to jackets to pencil skirts to circle skirts, have me coveting a pleated leather skirt. 

I’m loving these looks.


Kristin has the actual skirt I’m coveting by Alice & Olivia.  I’m debating on splurging on this number, but I recently spotted and purchased faux leather versions that I’m hoping will fix my obsession.


Purchased off Asos, faux leather and $38.

Sold out quickly but I’m sure if you keep checking back they will add stock!  

If this style doesn’t work I’ll probably get this one below.

Asos – real leather

And of course, I always have to check Forever 21 and guess what I found:

Faux leather and pleated, find here!  

If you love it, I would definitely recommend buying it, as I was shopping online sizes were disappearing.  For only $22.80 it’s worth the savings.

So hopefully one of my budget finds works and you’ll see me styling one of these soon.

Happy almost weekend, I can’t wait. .



  1. Natasha Fatah
    August 2, 2012 / 8:43 pm

    I love this look! But I'm so weary of wearing really short skirts that I shy away. ~Natasha Fatah Giveaway~ ~Natasha Fatah Giveaway~

  2. Marion Green
    August 3, 2012 / 12:07 am

    First off, THANK YOU so much Jen for your sweet words about my little announcement 🙂 We are so excited and I'm just hoping everything goes well. I loved watching how you dressed your baby bump and only hope I can do half as well! It'll be interesting for sure :)Second, you also give me hope + inspiration for the whole post-baby body thing. You look amazing!Love the leather skirt and how great is it that F21 has an option!! Love that…XO – Marion

  3. Chelsea
    August 3, 2012 / 12:53 am

    I am obsessed with pleated leather skirts! (I have a post scheduled for later in the month as a must-have for the fall). These looks for less are amazing options (although sadly I really am lusting after their more expensive sister – Alice + Olivia)

  4. Lisa - respect the shoes
    August 3, 2012 / 1:21 am

    I've been thinking about a flippy leather skirt for a while now too, but I'm not sure I can pull it off. That knee length version is gorge though – to me it is still work-appropriate but also a bit edgy and on-trend.

  5. Josie
    August 3, 2012 / 4:19 am

    There's a Parker one that I'm hardcore in love with… The pleats are so intricate. Bu the short F21 one is super cute!xo

  6. GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle
    August 3, 2012 / 6:49 am

    I'd like to try the faux leather skirt when my body goes back to normal again. It looks super cute.Beauty and Fashion in Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

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    August 3, 2012 / 7:03 am

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  8. Laura
    August 3, 2012 / 7:07 am

    I bought one last season and I love it! Great styling inspiration 🙂 xo

  9. Meredith
    August 3, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    I'll definitely be investing in a leather skirt this fall/winter. Thanks for sharing your budget friendly finds!

  10. Amanda {}
    August 3, 2012 / 6:09 pm

    I'm totally lusting over this trend…..recently stumbled upon a few pleated leather skirts…but couldn't find my size! Hopefully I'll stumble over something soon!<

  11. jo
    August 3, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    Jen, don't remind of Fall – I'm still enjoying the summer. Lol. Hey, love this skirt. I actually bought one from the BCBG outlet, will be featuring it on my blog soon! Have a great weekend.xo Jo

  12. DiamondsandTulle
    August 4, 2012 / 12:14 am

    Super cute looks for the Fall Jen! I think a couple of them are the Zara skirt from last year that I so wanted and couldn't find. That long ASOS one is great!xx Vivian @

  13. Kim (A Very Sweet Blog)
    August 4, 2012 / 1:58 am

    I always adored the leather pleated skirt! It was a hot item last year and they're revisiting it this year.

  14. Stephanie
    August 4, 2012 / 3:51 am

    I don't know if I could see this on me.. but it's really cute!! :)

  15. Jenny
    August 7, 2012 / 11:22 pm

    I so badly want a pleated leather skirt! H&M did one last year that I completely regret not buying. I'll definitely be looking for one this year.xo

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