Even if the idea of leather leggings seems exciting to you, you probably have some reservations about wearing them after a certain age. Leather leggings are edgy and pretty darn sexy, and no one wants to look like a frumpy middle-aged version of cute little Sandy from the movie Grease.
Not to worry, leather leggings (and faux leather leggings) can look chic at any age when you follow these tips. Here’s how to look edgy but classy in leather leggings, with 21 fabulous leather outfit ideas to get you started!
1. Leather Leggings and a Turtleneck Sweater
Sweaters are cozy, especially turtlenecks, so a beautiful red turtleneck like this way is a great way to warm up the look of slick leather leggings but still look hip. Suede booties always look right with knits, and in black, they help continue on that long black line, lengthening the legs—what a sophisticated winter look.
2. Leather Leggings and a Vest
A faux fur vest can be worn with jeans but wear it with a pair of leather leggings, and it looks oh so much richer. This burgundy one is a beauty, and the color is gorgeous with black leather.
3. Monochromatic Black Leather Leggings Look
All black is always slimming, but it can be boring if you don’t mix textures. That’s where black leather leggings come in. Black leather legging plus a beautiful black knit sweater creates a beautiful black leggings outfit that is super sophisticated.
4. Leather Leggings and Leopard
Animal prints are natural with black leather, so why not a leather leggings outfit that includes a dose of leopard? This elegant black and gray leopard cardigan looks on-trend when you wear it with a long white top, black leggings, and some relaxed black leather loafers. If your coloring is more warm than cool, you might want to go for a black and camel leopard print to tie in with your skin, hair, and eyes.
5. Leather Leggings and a Textured Top
Rust and black are always a striking combination in the fall. Add some modern texture with this chic rust tunic to balance out the sleek, smooth leggings. A leopard clutch and suede booties marry all the elements of this outfit together.
6. Leather Leggings and a Waterfall Cardigan
I mentioned that long cardigans look fantastic with leather leggings, and my favorite type is ones with waterfall detailing. The beautiful flowy collar on this cashmere cardigan is a lovely contrast with the rock and roll look of black leather.
7. Leather Leggings and a High Low Top
If you want a top that’s slightly edgy to go with your edgy leather leggings, then a high-low top is perfect for continuing to build on the look.
8. Leather Leggings and Knit Tunic
Is anyone with me thinking this reminds them of Star Trek? This cute outfit with the knitted tunic has a futuristic feel.
9. Leather Leggings and a Bell-Sleeve Tunic
Tops with full bell sleeves are super flattering with leggings of all kinds. This gorgeous green one has zippers at the shoulders, making it so in sync with cool black leather.
10. Leather Leggings and a Colorblock Sweater
You’ll find lots of long colorblock sweaters out there that look great with leather leggings. This one gives the illusion of layering, and the dark sleeves slim the arms.
11. Leather Leggings and a Cashmere Sweater
Chunky oversized sweaters look hip with black leather leggings. Still, a refined, thin cashmere sweater adds elegance, especially when wearing rough-and-ready moto-style black leather leggings.
12. Leather Leggings and a Cowl Neck Sweater
I mentioned that a sweater softens the rugged look of leather leggings. Cowl necks are particularly flattering on mature women. This black oversized cowl neck sweater frames your face in a pretty way.
13. Leather Leggings and a Button-Up Shirt
An oversized menswear-inspired shirt is a relaxed, easy way to build a black leggings outfit. Add some pretty jewelry to feminize the look and add personality.
14. Leather Leggings and a Semi-Sheer Tunic
A semi-sheer tunic with opaque black leather leggings is a study in yin and yang. Feminine meets masculine, and the result is a beautifully balanced look.
15. Leather Leggings and a Sweater Dress
Leather leggings don’t have to be black. Sometimes you run across a pair like this in a stunning burgundy color. Pair them with a sweater dress for a great transitional look.
16. Leather Leggings and a Holiday Top
Black leather leggings are perfect at Christmas time when you have a party to attend, and you want to look festive but sexy. These black leather leggings with the embellished top and high suede leather booties will turn heads.
17. Leather Leggings and a Cape
Any cape, shawl, or wrap always looks smashing with black leather leggings.
Silk and leather are a gorgeous combination, as is this rich and regal color pallet!
19. Black Leather Leggings With Pastels
18. Leather Leggings and a Silky Blouse
Who would have thought that several years ago we’d be mixing soft baby blue and pinks with biker-looking black leather? But now it’s a thing and looks modern.
20. Leather Leggings and a V-neck Long Top
Here’s a great styling tip! Of all the long tops out there to wear with leggings, the most universally flattering is the V-neck top. A V-neck opens up your chest, elongating your neck, making you look tall, long, and lean.
21. Leather Leggings and Boho Vest
Boho types, here’s a black leggings outfit idea for you. Take your shaggy faux fur vest, pair it with a long, round neck top and throw on a pair of leather leggings and some suede booties. The look is unbeatable when you after a 70’s vibe.