If you’re not already a convert to the church of leather trousers, don’t write off this post just yet. No longer are they the reserve of hairy bikers, instead they’ve been adopted by the fash pack to become a wardrobe staple. There are myriad reasons as to why leather trousers (or rather ‘pleather’) should hold a place in everyone’s wardrobes – read on to explore more!
You should think of leather trousers like black jeans. Just because they are somewhat shiny, doesn’t mean they should be treated any differently. Much like black denim, leather trousers can be mixed and matched with pretty much anything making them an unequivocally versatile addition to your trouser drawer. We particularly like the contrast they offer to pieces like chunky knit jumpers, denim jackets or brushed cotton shirts. However, there is one texture to be avoided when wearing leather… and that’s leather! A leather jacket and leather trousers is a step too far, so be sure to stick to your trusty khaki jacket or of-the-moment puffa.
THEY MAKE EVERYTHING YOU’RE WEARING LOOK COOL
After a few too many snoozes on your alarm, or a last minute dash to get ready for a night out – trusty leather trousers will bring seriously cool vibes to whatever look you’re putting together. If you’re going for a dressed-down look, they’ll add an element of sass to your sweater and Converse combo. We are obsessed with how Camille Charriere‘s hi-shine trews bring ALL of the drama to her t-shirt and varsity jacket. Alternatively, on a night out – leather trousers will give your nonchalantly tucked shirt and barely-there heels extra oomph.
If ever you struggle with nailing a smart/casual look, leather trousers are an effortless way to elevate the pieces in your wardrobe. Where black jeans and a tee looks casual, black leather trousers and a tee looks ‘considered’ and therefore smarter. Throw on a blazer (á la Lorna Luxe) and some crisp (read: box fresh) sneaks – and you’ve got yourself a classic but well put together ‘smasual’ ensemble. Experiment with different combinations and eventually you’ll find your signature style.
Does the thought of skin tight leather scare you? Try a looser style like Lucy Williams. As with denim, the appetite for skinny fits has waned over recent seasons and been replaced with a straight or more relaxed fit. The same can also be said for leather. Sports luxe influences have seen tapered bottoms with a drawstring waist take precedence over spray-on options which are ultimately comfier. Don’t be afraid of ‘baggier’ trousers though, teamed with the right pieces they can look trés chic – just opt for heels for extra leg-elongation!
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