The redundancy of some trends may be annoying at some point, but then there are those trends we can never get enough of. No matter how much we keep on doing them. Over and over and over again, and still not enough you know. Such is the case of the Leather Pants Trend. In fact, long gone are the days when this trouser style was a bikers-only and rock-chick staple. Today, not only we’ve made it sporty-rock-office-casual-evening appropriate but also any season, any age, any style, any look appropriate.
It’s all about finding a great pair of leather pants with a cut and style to fit your body and matching them to certain tops and shoes to get that effortless somewhat polished look. Think Miranda Kerr. Ever since last season leather pants have grown a lot trend wise and their cuts and styles surpass the typical skinny jean look. Although to be honest here, it’s this skinny leather pants style I think works best for this type of trousers. It’s sleeker, more polished and makes it easier for us to play with shapes. For example: skinny leather pants & oversized sweaters, slouchy tops, boyfriend tees & shirts…
That’s not to say slouchier leather pants don’t work. Au contraire they’re quite the hit this season and perhaps more office appropriate. Think side pockets, slightly loose, but still cut and fitted to the body shape.
What makes leather pants suddenly so versatile though?
Slap a pair on and you’ll see. Instant hotness, empowerment, and sleek sophisticated vibe all over you. They ooze both a certain trendiness and luxe, as well as a staple-worthiness mixed with the coolness of a rockstar. And frankly anything looks good paired with them. Tops wise, from office shirts and blouses to chunky sweaters, sweatshirts, denim shirts – it’s all possible. What I don’t necessarily like with leather pants are crop tops, just because they give that late 90’s Spice Girls vibe. Buuuut…. in fashion, never say never. Shoes wise, except for anything-platform (which I hate) I really think any shoe style works, and stick by my theory, that it’s mostly the shoes that give the tone of the look.
Stiletto pumps will make it all more rich-sexy-sophisticated, especially when paired with a silky top, or sweater and a fur vest or fur coat. Love at first sight. Chunky heels are more dramatic, more trendy, more rock-chick-model, and look great with coats or parkas. Ballet flats give a classy simple tone to the whole leather look. Sneakers make it all more urban-chic-sporty-luxe. And ankle boots of any kind are the model off duty uniform when paired with leather pants, simple tees, and a coat/faux fur/jacket on top. The DON’T Rules when it comes to leather pants is to avoid making them overly sexy. I mean they already are, so balancing this inherent hotness might be a good idea.
Hence, no stripper platform heeled shoes, no overdoing it in terms of tight, super fitted styles paired with tight super fitted tops and tiny little jackets. Play with shapes and layers and have fun with the architecture of clothes, instead.
Also textures are super importante, for instance I think leather pants look brilliant when paired with a great boyfriend blazer or a soft, even chunky sweater. Also plain cotton tees balance the whole sleekness of the leather look, which makes it all more chic and effortless and tasteful at the end of the day.
Let’s see more street styles for inspiration. :)
Don’t know about you but I’m definitely sticking to this trend and need to buy one more pair of leather pants for this cold season. I always used to say about my older pair of leather pants that they get me out of any fashion predicament. So so so very true. Ever since I’ve accidentely ripped them a bit, and could not wear them, I’ve missed them so much. If I literally had a quid for every time I said ”ah wish I had a new pair of leathers” (usually in those fashion moments I was telling you about) I swear I would have had enough money to buy myself 100 pair of these.
So… no more excuses. This weekend gotta go shopping.
Enough about me. Talk to me about you, and your love OR no-love for the leather pants trend. :)