Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants


If you’ve seen Anne Hathaway as Catwoman (and if you haven’t – go now), then you know skin-tight leather is arguably one of the hottest styles in the history of fashion. Now, you can get that same kick-ass look for yourself. Leather pants are no longer an unflattering 90s style leftover. New York’s Fall 2012 Fashion Week saw to that, as sleek leather pants showed up on both the catwalks and celebrities attending the shows. Embrace your wild side with leather leggings, or take advantage of this updated fashion with some casual, slouchy leather trousers.

Of course, we all know that it is a total fashion faux pas to wear real fur and leather nowadays, so check out these styles of vegan leather pants – which look just as good as, but feel better than the real deal.

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   Balmain Fall 2012 RTW Izabel Goulart

Model Izabel Goulart looks like a fashion warrior in Balmain’s Fall 2012 Ready-To-Wear show. (Style.com)

LEATHER PANTS FOR BEGINNERS:

Embracing this trend can be daunting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate aspects of it into your everyday wardrobe. Try a pair of your go-to denim jeans with leather-like detailing to get the look, and still feel casual and comfortable in your pants. 

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   BCBGeneration Skinny Denim Faux Leather Pant 1024x1024

If you want to add just a little edge to your usual denim jeans, pick up this pair of jeans that has a faux-leather trim. (BCBGeneration, $98)

LEGGINGS:

Skin-tight, sexy leather leggings have been at the forefront of this trend, taking a note from the 90s grunge roots of the style. NOTE: Leggings are not real pants. Especially given the provocative nature of leather, you don’t want to straddle the line of trashy by pairing them with a crop top and showing off your rear end. You must, must, must wear a long-hemmed top, or at least something tied around your waist with these leggings.

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   ASOS Leather Look Seamed Leggings

These leather look-a-like leggings add some fun with their piped seam, a unique detail.  (ASOS, $33)

SKINNY MOTO PANTS:

Only minimally less tight than leggings, the skinny motorcycle pant is a great way to tone down the hard edge of the leather trend. You’ll feel just as chic, and you can appreciate the practicality of pairing these pants with any top.

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   Zara Coated Trousers with Zips

These cropped pants with a leather-like coating are a perfect combination of edgy (the metal pocket and ankle zippers) and sleek, with their chic cut. (Zara, $80)

COLORED:

For the seasoned, adventurous fashionista, try mixing two of fall’s best styles: leather and colored jeans.

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   Mango Superslim Jeans

These cobalt superslim jeans have a subtle leather-look finish. The bright blue keeps the pants looking youthful, fun, and casual. (Mango, $40)

SHORTS:

Can’t wait for cooler weather to rock this trend? No fear – get the same look now with leather shorts. They’re just as fashionable as the full-leg option, but a little less risqué.

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   Free People Vegan Leather Shorts

These vegan leather shorts with front zipper pockets can be paired with anything to spice up a sweet summer outfit. (Free People, $98)

SKIRTS:

If you shy away from the skin-tight nature of leather pants, you can put a more feminine twist on this traditionally punk style. Leather skater skirts are a great way to add some edge to a dainty outfit.

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   Urban Outfitters Sparkle Fade Vegan Skater Skirt 682x1024

This soft faux leather circle skirt with pleat detailing is the perfect contrast of grunge and girly. (Urban Outfitters, $69)

 

HOW  TO  WEAR  LEATHER  PANTS:

You’re most likely thinking that leather pants are simply not for you. Too sexy? Not a problem – it’s easy to tone down the sex appeal with a few key elements. Too unflattering on your body type? False. Despite popular belief, you do not have to be a Size 00 model to rock leather pants – they look just as hot on curves, if not hotter. Just ask bombshell Sofia Vergara. Leather pants are surprisingly versatile for such a standout piece, because they can look sexy at night, casual during the day, and classy for meetings or work.

SEXY:

Throw on some booties and a feminine top to subdue the rockstar vibe of these pants. Stay away from anything that’s sheer, cropped, or has boasting cut-outs.

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   Mikkat Market Draped Tail Blouse

This blouse with a scoop neckline and twist panel detailing gives off the perfect party vibe. The long hem of the back helps leave a little to the imagination to the eye with such flirtatious pants. It’s a stunning top that will compliment your striking bottoms. (Mikkat Market, $36)

CASUAL:

Yes, you can actually run errands and go to class in leather pants without looking overdressed. Add a relaxed, shapeless top like your boyfriend’s chambray shirt or a chunky sweater. A loose top is a must for the tight pants, along with flats – no heels.

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   Lulus Be a Lamb Cream Sparkle Sweater

This precious knit sweater, with silver metallic threads and petite black bows on the front is the perfect sweet touch to leather pants. (Lulus, $40)

CLASSY:

You wouldn’t expect it, but leather pants can be surprisingly classy. Stay away from the leggings and colored options, and stick with sleek, structured trousers – a cropped ankle cut looks flawless. Pair with closed-toe pumps, an opaque blouse (long-sleeved is best), and hair swept up in a high bun for an elegant ensemble.

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   Miranda Kerr Leather Pants1

Model Miranda Kerr looks flawlessly classy in leather trousers and a conservative white blouse. (The Ray & The Ro)

 

Too Sexy in These (Faux) Leather Pants   Nasty Gal Sweet Sequin Top

This silky white top with a silver sequined peter pan collar is lovely and offers a more youthful take on the leather pants trend. The keyhole back with button closure will add elegance to your look. (Nasty Gal, $38)

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