BUY THIS: Black Leather Leggings

August 28, 2012

SMARTS, STYLE, WOMEN

I double dog dare you to stroll into any store right now and NOT find a pair of leather or faux leather leggings on the sales floor.

Want to know why? Because THEY ARE AMAZING, THAT’S WHY.

Now, if your brain is putting the kybosh on this idea because it seems too “rocker” or too “dressed” or too “teenager” tell your brain to TAKE A SEAT right now.

Here’s the thing: leather leggings are no different than jeans. Yes, I said it. They are NO DIFFERENT THAN JEANS. Look at the pictures above. There is no magic to the tops paired with the leggings: a simple over-sized sweater or a sweater layered over a denim shirt. (Or, imagine, just a simple, well-tailored denim shirt by itself!)

Are they more chic? Yes. Are they more polished? You bet. But they are not necessarily dressier. What is paired with them makes them either dressy or casual. Let’s take a look at riff on the above look, but in a decidedly casual ensemble:

You can totally do THAT. It’s errand running, school meeting, day out shopping and casual dinner with zero effort and tons of style.

I love MICHAEL Michael Kors’ faux-leather skinny version for it’s fabulous price point and also because they are not cropped.

Try this. Step out of the crutch that is jeans. Try them casually first and then swap Converse for heels, denim for silk, and make your significant other or girl friends take you out for a great dinner or night on the town and REALLY unleash the power of the leather legging.

Other details: Banana Republic Slim Fit Denim Shirt | Vince Wool and Cashmere Blend Sweater | Vince Camuto ‘Animal Cuff’ | Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox

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6 Responses to “BUY THIS: Black Leather Leggings”

  1. Irma Says:

    I, um, bought some last year to wear to a Halloween party as part of my Catwoman costume. Are you telling me they are now all the rage?!?!?
    Gotta go dig those outta the closet…..

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  2. Barchbo Says:

    At 39 weeks pregnant, I find this post depressing. Soon, I will be able to resume may shopaholic ways. What are our thoughts on coated denim?! I was thinking about going that route first…

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    • Pam Says:

      Oh, dear… I remember that longing for “regular” clothes. Don’t worry – it’s coming! :) And I know it takes a while to get back there, so maybe look for a pair of faux-leather maternity pants as a stop gap? I’ve seen some on eBay — Depending on how fast your shape changes, it may work for a few months now, or you can wait until it really starts to get colder in Austin and try on a few pairs then.

      To your other point, I love coated denim – such a neat texture! I’m looking for a charcoal pair for fall/winter. Maybe a wine color. Lots of cool zippers. :)

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  3. elz Says:

    Leggings are NOT pants. I MIGHT be convinced that leather leggings are different from others, but it not for me.

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    • pamlewis Says:

      You are correct. Leggings are most certainly NOT PANTS. I fully concur. No one’s ass need be shown in leggings no matter WHAT the material.

      I would, however, argue that you could totally rock some.

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