Building a Fabulous Wardrobe 101: Black Leather Pencil Skirt

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In addition to a couple of pairs of skinny leather pants, every girl needs to add a leather midi pencil skirt to her autumn/winter wardrobe as well. Why? It's easy to dress up or down, and incredibly flattering for your figure, especially when it's knee-length and body-skimming (and not too tight). Plus, it toes that ultra-delicate line between elegant and edgy.

Wondering exactly how to wear it? Take actress Malin Akerman for example. She paired her leather pencil skirt with a graphic tank top and sexy cage heels. Twilight starlet Nikki Reed sported hers with a classic striped Breton tee and black ankle-strap sandals. Or then-pregnant Kim Kardashian, who opted to turn up the sexy on hers with Christian Louboutin Un Bout pumps and a sleeveless cleavage-baring tee (while pregnant with baby North). Lastly, there's adorable Alexa Chung, who topped hers off with a chunky, slouchy knit and metallic kitten heels.

Feeling inspired? Shop the look below.

(From left: Leather Look Pencil Skirt$49 / AllSaints Lucille Leather Skirt$330 / Tibi Striped Perforated Leather Skirt, $595 / DKNY Leather and Stretch-Jersey Skirt, $355)