Every season, there are a few key items that remain popular year after year. In the summer, the fashion crowd swears by little white dresses and high-waisted denim shorts. In the fall, though, chunky knits and leather trousers are seemingly always stylish. But, leave it to one of Hollywood's brightest young stars to completely revamp the leather trend. Enter: Sofia Richie and her vinyl trousers. The super edgy pair is the perfect item to add into your fall rotation, especially if you're looking to make a statement. Plus, Richie showed a genius way to actually make the piece look less formal and proved that they can work day or night, and it all comes down to the styling.
Richie was photographed leaving Nobu's Malibu location on August 19 in one her most radical outfits yet. The model and entrepeneur wore a pair of vinyl boyfriend-style pants designed by Saint Laurent, a fitted black cropped tee, and a pair of strappy black sandals designed by Bottega Veneta. She accessorized with a black Dior handbag and a menswear-inspired Rolex watch.
Richie's beauty look was far more pared-down than her outfit. Her brown highlighted hair was pulled back into a tight, low bun with a perfected middle part. Her makeup was kept natural and glowing, and showed off her deep tan courtesy of her recent vacation to Italy.
Think of Richie's black vinyl piece as the cold-weather alternative of the clear PVC trend that has been absolutely everywhere over the past year. Simply swap out your clear shoes for a something made in the black fabric, and you'll be perfectly on trend. To keep the look more appropriate for the daytime, pair your pants with classic pieces like plain t-shirts in neutral colors. For a night out look, try going with a monochromatic look.
If you want to shop like Richie this season, you're in luck. So many of your favorite luxury and affordable brands are making options right now. Brands like Boohoo and Tiger Mist make options that retail for under $100. If you are looking to splurge on a single item this fall, consider alternatives from Saint Laurent — Richie's own choice — and Chiara Ferragni. The Italian blogger-turned-designer's pick feature a tighter design on the leg, meaning that you can swap them out for your usual skinny jeans. If you want a more androgynous look, I.AM.GIA makes a version with a wider leg and a zipper closure.
Ready to get shopping? Ahead, The Zoe Report rounded up the trendiest vinyl pants on the market right now.