If you think leather trousers are reserved purely for the air guitar renegades of the fashion world, or for those who like to raise eyebrows with skin-tight textures worthy of a Gareth Pugh after-show soirée, think again. Not only has the leather trouser evolved far beyond the airbrush-look versions of the late '90s, but the cutting-edge way to wear them now is with polished key pieces and decidedly laid-back tailoring. Not a single outmoded rock 'n' roll ballad in earshot. Phew!
We've cut to the crème de la crème of leading ladies who have completely nailed the fashion formula for outfits that hinge on leather trews. Click through for a seven future-proof, inspiring ways to incorporate the various styles of leather trousers now.
Style Notes: Edit out your blouses and shirts of the classic variety, and reach for the cutting-edge shapes of today's street style circuit—so the exaggerated sleeve tunic or architectural wrap shirts—and wear them with a straight-cut leather trouser. Keep accessories understated but premium, of course.
Style Notes: Start with a pinstriped blazer (navy blue or black works well with carbon-coloured trousers), add a pure white T-shirt and slip into your skin-tight leather trousers. Court shoes will keep the look conservative.
Style Notes: She who dares! Go bold when pairing up an outfit that's springing from your pair of red leather trousers. Classic black accessories will tone down the affair.
Style Notes: With a clever infusion of flirty powered by the billowing sleeves and slash neckline, a pair of skinny jeans gets a needed style injection. So-hot-right-now slip-on shoes will keep this look cool for seasons to come.
Style Notes: There's no end to Gilda Ambrosio's cool risk taking, so follow suit and pair a chilled sports-luxe top (plain or slogan will work) with cropped flares, and hop into the loudest ankle boots you can muster.
Style Notes: If your confidence levels are at dizzy new sartorial heights, then may we suggest the leather boyfriend suit for all of your outside-of-the-box business meetings. Add a so-1970s pussy-bow blouse and loafers to complete the cool.
Style Notes: How would Coco Chanel handle the leather trouser? With a natty cropped jacket and little kitten heels of course. Go figure.
These trousers will look effortlessly cool in an instant.
Slick, contemporary and oh so cool, these culottes are made for working girls who need to add edge to classic pieces.
If you don't want to go for black, try saffron-yellow instead.
Wear these everywhere—with everything.
It has certainly been the year of the cropped trouser trend, so if you need to take the look to the next level, simply do it in leather. Word.
Think of these as your go-to pair of off-duty leather trousers.