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