If you were to peek inside my wardrobe, you'd find countless dresses, a plethora of pretty skirts and a collection of jumpers so vast that the fact I'm a native Scot is the only thing that makes it justifiable. However, there's one item that's notably absent: trousers. Aside from the occasional pair of jeans, I've largely let most trouser trends pass me by. The combination of having bigger thighs and hips in relation to my small waist and having a teeny 28-inch inseam, I've long assumed that finding pairs that suit my shape is akin to stumbling across the holy grail. It just doesn't happen. For the most part, I've never felt like I've missed out. But every winter, I get pangs of longing when I see people wear the coolest stride style of them all: leather trousers.
Cosy, chic and grown-up in equal measure, there's no denying the appeal of leather trousers. As someone who always overdresses, I know they'd fit in seamlessly with my arsenal of silk, satin and velvet. However, as they're often found in spray-on form, I've never quite worked up the courage to try them on. At least, that was the case until I spotted the new silhouettes on offer.
From flares and wide-leg culottes to high-waist and straight cuts, 2018 is the year leather trousers proved they go way beyond skinnies. Now, with so many pairs at my disposal, I'm officially a convert. Much like Lucy Williams, I've opted for black cropped kick-flares (the Topshop pair below, in fact), which effortlessly balance out my curvy frame, and we're very happy together. So now, to help you find your leather trouser soulmate, I've rounded up the best leather trousers to suit every style and budget. Keep scrolling and you'll wonder how you ever lived without them.