This post provides tips and tricks how to style leather pants for various occassions to look your best and to avoid to look like a biker chick. Not that looking like one is wrong. When you live the life and ride a bike go for the look.
- How to style leather pants for various occassions
- Leather pants Dos
- Leather trousers Don’ts
- Metal or colored leather trousers for Casual Friday
- Weekend looks
- What Outerwear Goes with Leather Trousers?
How to style leather pants for various occassions
Today I present how to make this fall’s leather pants work appropriate, for Casual Friday, the weekend and going out. This fall’s trend is about leather pants as an alternative to dress pants or jeans in a business casual way. When cut like dress pants, leather trousers are more elegant than light washed jeans.
Combined with a fully buttoned black polka dot blouse, pearls and a classic red blazer, leather pants work for the office when there is a Business Casual Style work environment dress-code wisewith a Causal Friday culture. To give the classic work outfit a little bit of edge, I added my studded heels. In meetings, unless you are the moderator or speaker, your shoes are under the table, right? 😉
Another great way to look professional wearing your beloved hides is to pair your black leather pants with a white blazer.
Leather pants Dos
- Style them with a blazer
- Wear a button-down shirt
- Add pearls
- Wear heels
- Wear a pants leather suit
Leather trousers Don’ts
- Adding a jeans jacket or a biker jacket
- 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)
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 a green sweater in fall.
Metal or colored leather trousers for Casual Friday
Wearing jeans for Casual Friday becomes kind of boring. Try Casual Friday without jeans: Silver leather pants. See silver as a neutral color. However, when silver comes to leather is gets pretty attention catching. Thus, to keep the outfit low key and office appropriate in a casual, creative work environment, add 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.
I got this slouchy leather pants at the anniversary sale of Nordstrom. They called the color “perile”. Here I paired my new Tracy Reese pants with a polka dot Jones New York blouse and a burgundy short sleeve cashmere sweater. I tacked the sweater in to show some shape. The plateau broad strap heels add some feminine vibe to the menswear inspired outfit for Casual Friday. Add a structured bag to show that you are not yet off into the weekend. The rolled up sleeves of the blouse do not only add style, but they also mean work in the German culture. There is a saying “roll up your sleeves” which means that you are to work hard.
Last but not least, inspirations how to don the leather pants trend on the weekend. Not every office dress code allows the material for trousers.
Leather Pants for Going Out
As aforementioned, the goal is to look stylish, not sexy in your hide legwear. Thus, when styling the hide for date night go for a street style look like in the outfit inspiration below.
What Outerwear Goes with Leather Trousers?
For the commute I kept with the gray-black of the booties with my gray-black light shearling coat worn open, a scarf and pom pom hat that serve for style, not insulation. The casual vibe of the outer outfit tunes the wild pants down, especially with the structured bag.
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Do you have a Casual Friday culture at work? If so, what is the typical look? Does your work dress code permit wearing leather pants or leather in general? Do you wear leather pants? Have you jumped the band wagon on this trend already? Let me know, I am curious.
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