You don’t have to be an extra in The Matrix to appreciate a sleek pair of leather pants. They’re mysterious, easy-to-wear, and add an air of edgy-cool to almost any outfit. What’s often overlooked about the bottoms, though, is that they’re practical to wear year round. “It’s a misconception that this style has to be a cold-weather item — if you get them made from lightweight leather and a silky lining, you are destined to elevate any outfit without feeling weighed down by the material” Jessie Willner, founder and creative director of The Mighty Company, tells TZR.
This year, loose-fitting leather pants have popped up in many a street style looks, as the fashion set has waved goodbye to the skinny iteration for the time being. Once you’ve secured a pair (or two) of relaxed leather pants that meet the not-so-chilly weather criteria, you’ll likely find yourself reaching for the bottoms whenever you’re looking to make a high-fashion statement. Should you be in need of inspiration for what to wear with said garment — beyond simply pairing with a long trench and ‘90s sunnies in the winter time — consider this your first stop for how to wear the silhouette as the temperature dips from summer into fall. “They’re the chameleon of pants,” says Hanover Booth, COO and partner at The Mighty Company. In other words: The options are truly limitless on how you can utilize the wardrobe staple.
Below, you’ll find seven inspired looks for incorporating leather pants into your transitional weather wardrobe — for occasions both relaxed and celebratory.
Toss On A Sweater
Whether it’s a brisk late summer night or a full-on fall day, a chunky knit and leather pants pairing is perfect. To keep the effect casual, go with loose-fitting leather bottoms and sporty sneakers for a laid-back feel.
Get A Matching Set
Corset tops are one of the buzziest styles this year thanks to their sultry and effortless feel. Create a monochromatic outfit by opting for a leather top in this shape and coordinating pants — and, of course, shoes in the same shade.
Have fun with your wardrobe by styling a pair of colorful metallic leather pants with basics, such as a white button-down. If you’re feeling extra playful? Incorporate a Barbie-tastic combination of lavender and pink.
Add A Blazer
For a classic workwear pairing, set off your black leather pants with a sleek blazer. The effect is office-worthy with an edge. Let your statement layer shine by adding on a sleek and understated bodysuit underneath.
While you may be used to more neutral sets, try going for brighter pieces. You can pair with neutral accessories, but no one can claim your look is boring.
Pile On Cozy Layers
For those days when it feels extra cold (they will come!), make leather pants part of your brave-the-chill uniform, along with combat boots and an inclement weather-ready jacket.
Get A Going-Out Combo
A brisk evening can’t stop you from a night out on the town, so consider a pair of flared leather bottoms that you can style with a vibrant blazer (sans top underneath) to dance the night away in. A deep red bag will be just the right finishing touch for your look.
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