7 Brilliant Ways To Wear Leather Pants

Sleek and sophisticated.

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Maggie Villamaria

You don’t have to be an extra on 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 leather pants have to be a colder-weather item — if you get leather pants made from lightweight leather and a silky lining, you are destined to elevate any outfit without feeling weighed down by the leather,” Jessie Willner, creative director and founder of leather retailer 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 leather pant 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 inspiration on how to wear the style 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.

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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 have become one of the buzziest styles in 2022 thanks to their sultry yet simple feel. Create a monochromatic outfit by opting for a leather corset and coordinating pants — and, of course, shoes in the same shade.

Mix Moods

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 layering a sleek and understated bodysuit underneath.

Bold Coordinates

While you may be used to more neutral leather options, try going for a brighter set. 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 relaxed leather pants that you can style with a cool cutout top to dance the night away. A deep red bag will be just the right finishing touch for your look.

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