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When you love leather and your work dress code permits wearing the hide, read how you can style leather pants for work.

  1. How to Wear Leather Pants to Work
    • Pleated Leather Dress Pants with Sweater and Scarf
    • Nappa Trousers Styled with a Twinset
    • Try an American Classic Look
  2. Doubling on the Statement Pieces: Red blazer plus Leather Pants
  3. What Outerwear Works with Leather Pants?
  4. Wrap-up of How You Can Style Leather Pants for Work

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How to wear leather pants to work

Yes, you can look posh in leather over 40. When your work dress code allows wearing leather, try these outfit ideas. They illustrate how to wear leather pants to work and look professional business casual. Chose a neutral color for your pants so they stay in basics territory just having a statement material. Then pair them with classic work-appropriate pieces like a blazer with button-down shirt or cashmere sweater or a twinset with necklace. Go for a dress pants like cut, i.e. not tight like motorcycle pants or skinny jeans.

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Pleated Leather Dress Pants with Sweater and Scarf

Pleated dress pants are a Business Casual style classic. If your leather pants are pleated, going for a classic of trousers, scarf, necklace and cashmere sweater is work appropriate. This examples shows you to style the work outfit around the blue, black and white color shades to achieve a professional look despite wearing leather dress pants.

details of scarf and necklace

details of jewelry and statement belt


style influencer in heels, leather pants, polka dot socks, scarf
Outfit details: Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW Luxe winter white cashmere sweater, light blue Halogen leather pants, GNW polka dot socks, Steve Madden Mary Janes, silk scarf, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Tissot stone watch, cat cameo pendent necklace and cameo earrings


Plaid Blazer with Leather Trousers Outfit Idea

This classic blazer and cashmere sweater as shown in the inspiration photo above and below. Also make sure that your booties or shoes stay office appropriate and out of the street style or Rock’n Roll territory.

stylist showing how style leather pants for work with a pink sweater with brown, caramel, pink and baby-blue plaid blazer pendent necklace

fashion blogger donning a business casual work outfit with leather pants
Outfit details: Landsend cashmere sweater, Burberry menswear inspired plaid blazer, Clarks booties, statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangles, and chocolate INC leather pants (all own)
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Nappa trousers styled with a twinset

Instead of a blazer, another possibility is to pair them with a classic twinset or variations of a twinset. The outfit idea in the photos below shows a monochromatic look with a faux twinset. Of course, you can go for a pop of color. The post at the link, for instance, is and example of white leather trousers paired with a faux twinset with in navy and pink.

older woman in silver leather pants

over 50 years old woman in trendy silver pants and all gray outfit
Outfit details: Silver leather pants, GNW Luxe cashmere sweater and Moda International cardigan, statement necklace, golden bangle (gift from my late mom), Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW socks, Pour La Victoire snakeskin fall booties, Seiko watch, unbranded dark gray long fall coat and Modalo Pippa bag (all own)


This example outfit is a mix of trends (cheap) and essentials. I got the silver leather pants on sale, while the cashmere sweater and cardigan are essentials that I spent comparatively more on. With both I look for a good price performance ratio. That means the longer I expect to wear an item the more I would be willing to spend on it. If I go for trendy items and have in mind to wear them for a season, let’s say 20 times, the price per wear should go down to at least less than $2. Why would I buy silver leather pants? Well I am a ballroom dancer which means I have lots of opportunities to wear silver leather pants. This means that a great trend item for one person will not be a great deal for another. The price-per-wear for these silver leather pants would never go down to $2 per wear for someone who is not a dancer. The take home message:
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More on styling glam casual silver leather pants.

Try an American Classic look

Yes, you can wear leather in summer. In a casual work environment, your may even wear leather capris when you style them like Jackie Kennedy wore her fabric capris.

The most important thing when wearing leather at work is to

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More on American Classic style.

Doubling on the Statement Pieces: Red Blazer plus Leather Pants

This outfit suggestion incorporates two statement pieces: A red blazer and leather pants. This look reads serious and professional because it uses the rule of repeating the major colors three times. Brown occurs with the belt, pants and layering top, while the blazer, booties and makeup (lips) repeat the red.

Pro tip: Go for two colors and repeat them for best style. #effortlessstyle Click To Tweet

Red and chocolate together are safer to wear at work than the classic red and black color combination. The red-chocolate brown pairing also adds a modern and interesting twist that is chic and posh.

red blazer with leather pants work outfit

chic fashion belt

fashion blogger in posh chic work outfit with ruby blazer and leather pants
I.N.C. chocolate brown leather pants with red wool blazer, statement belt, brown GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater, and Manolo Blahnik booties


What outerwear works with leather pants?

When wearing leather pants, try a pea coat. This example uses the same concept of repeating colors. All have brown shades and added red gloves and a red floral scarf to tie the red booties into the outfit. See here again the red repeats in the outerwear. More on styling your outerwear.

Especially, when your job involves meeting clients outside of your office pay attention to your outerwear. In this case, your outerwear is not just for insulation and style, but must also be a work-appropriate business look. When your job involves meeting customers/clients outside the office, you will need to build a capsule coat wardrobe.

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midlife style blogger in posh chic pea coat with leather pants
Outfit details: LeatherCoatsEtc. pea coat style red wool coat with Gucci silk scarf, chocolate INC leather pants, Clark booties and YSL bag (all own)


over 50 years old woman in work appropriate outerwear
Striped coat, silk cashmere scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc leather gloves, Michael Kors leopard print bag, Manolo Blahnik booties, Russian hat (all own) worn over the outfit shown above


The next example shows the indoor outfit and an inspiration what to wear over a pair of trousers in a statement hue.

fashion blogger in fuchsia and brown work outfit with light blue boy friend leather pants

details of a shearling motorcycle jacket

style blogger in shearling motorcycle jacket with winter accessories and bf leather pants for work
Outfit details; Fuchsia Sophie cashmere cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch, brown Gucci belt, brown Clark booties, printed LV silk scarf, Andrew Marc shearling motorcycle jacket with RAK cashmere printed scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc winter white beret, LeatherCoatsEtc light blue gloves and Hinge leather boyfriend pants, Clark booties and Jaeger tote (all own)


fashion blogger in blue leather pants, heels, outerwear
Outerwear: Vittori shearling coat, Salvatore Ferragamo belt for shape, structured day bag with cobalt blue, classic square silk scarf, blue leather gloves, Steve Madden Mary Janes, blue Kangaroo cap, GNW light blue polka dot socks (all own)


Wrap-up on How You Can Style Leather Pants for Work

When your work dress code allows wearing leather go for a dress pants cut. Style them like you would style trousers by adding classic pieces like a twinset or blazer. Go with a neutral color for the pants like cream, chocolate brown or even silver. Black can fast read motorcycle chic.

When you want to jump the bandwagon on the leather pants trend, but are new to leather, you can find what to look for when shopping for leather clothes in the guide at the link.

Does your office dress code allow wearing leather? If so, do you wear leather at the office?

If you are interested in further readings on styling leather, check, for instance, how to style a black leather look or even a trendy black leather suit, as well as gold leather shorts, and a maxi leather skirt.

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