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 six future-proof, inspiring ways to incorporate the various styles of leather trousers now.
Outfit Idea #1: Leather Trousers + Band Tee + Denim Jacket
Style Notes: Lucy Williams gives some throwback vibes with her retro print T-shirt, oversized denim jacket and leather trousers. Perfect for laid-back cool at the weekend.
Outfit Idea #2: Leather Trousers + Polo Neck + Layered Jackets
Style Notes: When the temperature plummets you'll be wanting some serious layering tricks, as demonstrated here by Jeanette Madsen. We love how she effortlessly pairs layered jackets and knits with her straight leg leather trousers.
Outfit Idea #3: Wide Leg Leather Trousers + Oversized Tee + Gold Jewellery
Style Notes: This outfit is one to try while the warm weather lingers. A wide leg leather look is your one-stop-shop for making a statement—all it needs is an oversized white tee to balance out the silhouette.
Outfit Idea #4: All Black + Statement Top + Leather Trousers
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.
Outfit Idea #5: Fluffy Jumper + Statement Leather Trousers + Court Shoes
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.
Outfit Idea #6: Tweed Blazer + Leather Skinny Trousers + Mules
Style Notes: How would Coco Chanel handle the leather trouser? With a natty cropped jacket and little kitten heels of course. Go figure.