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Best trends for women in midlife how to style leather pants this fall for various occasions. Read when, where, and what to wear with leather pants to look modern and stylish.



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How to Style Leather Pants the Modern Way

This fall’s trend is about – real or faux – leather pants as an alternative to dress-pants or jeans. When cut like dress pants, leather trousers are more elegant than dark jeans. In a jeans cut, they are posh casual.


What Goes with Leather Pants?

  • Style them with a blazer, a button-down shirt, pearls, and heels for a Euro Chic look.
  • For a casual posh look wear a dress-trouser cut style with a button-down shirt under a sweater.
  • Pair black leather pants with a white blazer for an evergreen classic black and white look.
  • Style silver leather pants with gray open toe booties, gray socks, a gray T-shirt, a gray striped cashmere sweater, and a gray bag. Gold colored charm necklaces round up the outfit. Yes, mixed metals is a Do.


Stylist tip: Try a real or fake leather pantsuit.



What Shoes to Wear with Leather Trousers?

These bottoms ask for solid footgear. Depending on the the style you go for try pumps, booties, sneakers. Open-toe booties are risky, but may work with light fabrics tops or short-sleeve sweaters in fall.


Leather Pants Outfit Inspirations

fashion blogger in red, white black business casual look with leather trousers
Vittoria red blazer, Hermes H-buckle, Jones New York polka dot blouse, vintage Esprit shoulder bag, pearl necklaces and London Jean leather trousers


fashion blogger showing how to style leather pants with a gingham shirt and wool cashmere sweater
Carhartt gingham shirt under GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater worn with I.N.C. leather pants, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Clarks booties


Alaskan blogger showing what to wear with leather pants
I tacked the sweater in to show some shape. The plateau broad strap heels add some feminine vibe to the menswear inspired outfit. Outfit details: Jones New York polka dot shirt, Halogen boyfriend leather trousers, Ann Klein V-neck sweater, Steve Madden fall sandals, Ray Ban sunglasses.


fashion blogger over 40 illustrating what goes with in leather pants
I.N.C. leather pants, GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater accessorized with Oscar de la Rente leopard print silk scarf (thrifted), and Clark booties


stylist wearing a fake suit of leather pants and blazer
Orvis blazer over GNW Luxe sweater with Oscar de la Rente animal print scarf, I.N.C.  chocolate brown leather pants, and Clark booties


influencer in silver hide pants striped sweater for going out
Unbranded silver leather pants, striped sweater, layering top, belt, open-toe booties, and Modalu Pippa bag


influencer in casual weekend outfit with silver nappa bottoms
GNW Luxe gray layered top, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Brooks Brothers sweater, gray belt and Michael Kors wedge sneakers accessorized with gold colored simple necklaces


style blogger in silver leather pants and gray sweater
Brooks Brothers turtleneck sweater, silver leather pants, Seiko watch, and pendant necklace



Are Leather Pants Business Casual?

Whether or not leather trousers are professional depends on the culture. Even when styling your leather work appropriate it is not business casual or a Casual Friday outfit, when the work dress code prohibits the hide.


Stylist tip: Leather trousers in tan, pastel, brown, gray or navy are easier to style in a professional way than the classic black ones.


Melania Trump, for instance, looked stunning in her tan leather pants. White leather pants, for instance, look professional with a tartan blazer, and matching sweater in fall.




Where to Wear Leather Pants?

You can wear them for going out, on the weekend, and – if the work dress code permits – even at work. It all depends on how to style leather pants.



When to Wear Leather Trousers?

Because the hide is wind-proof these trousers are perfect in windy, but dry fall weather at temperatures below 70F (21.1oC) and above 40F (4.4oC).



What Outerwear Goes with Leather Trousers?

  • Pair them with a shearling coat. Add scarf, gloves, and pom-pom hat in matching colors of the coat, shoes and trousers for a casual vibe look.
  • Try a short jacket with matching hat
  • Pea-coat or duffle coat with accessories that tie the colors of the outerwear, shoes and trousers together



woman in shearling winter coat with pom-pom hat
Shearling winter coat worn over silver leather pants accessorized with cashmere Chevron scarf, pom-pom hat, structured bag and open toe snake skin print booties


fashion blogger showing how to look stunning in leather pants with a statement jacket
Diamond leopard print jacket, beret, London Jean leather trousers, Longchamp satchel and LeatherCoatsEtc gloves


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Leather Trousers Don’ts

  • Adding a jeans jacket or a biker jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Casual sandals or sneakers
  • No belt when there are belt loops
  • Wearing the hide when the dress code explicitly excludes them
  • Styling them in a provocative (sexy way)


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