I get a lot of questions about leather pants and how to wear them after a certain age without looking too tough or too teenager-ish, so today, we’re bringing you three different ways to style leather pants. Take a look at my outfit, and then pop over to Jo-Lynne and Cyndi’s blogs to pick up some more great ideas.
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Leather pants are rich and luxurious, but these days faux leather looks pretty darn good too. These are my Trouvé faux leather leggings that I bought at the beginning of the season. They’re super light, stretchy, and at $79, not that expensive compared to the real thing.
I’ve paired them with this beautiful cold shoulder turtleneck in a beautiful Grey Heather color for this shoot. I think this sweater is a cool idea. They’ve taken a very traditional cable knit sweater and given it a sexy twist by creating peek-a-boo cut-outs at the shoulders.
This sweater has tiny bits of silver running through, giving it a subtle sparkle and making it perfect for holiday time. It glistens, and in white (the other color it comes in), it reminds me of glistening snow. Very pretty!
Let’s talk a little bit more about my leggings. Technically, they’re black, but not a straight, cold black. I’d say they were more like a very dark bark color, and since they are faux leather, they have a slight texture that makes them look rich. I love how they look worn with these rich, burgundy over the knee suede boots from Stuart Weitzman.
Since my leggings are stretchy, they’re also super comfy, but you need to be prepared to work them in a little. I bought size small, and I felt like I was being sewn into them as I wiggled them up to my legs. But, after half an hour of moving around in them, they stretched out. That’s just the way it is with leather or faux leather. They’re going to give.
Wearing leather pants, faux or real, will add some edginess to your look. This is good because edgy translates into youthful. Where you can fall off the track is when you go too rough and edgy all over.
For example, black leather pants with a black top and all-black leather accessories with a lot of hardware can look harsh on a mature gal. Try a little softness/femininity combined with black leather pants to shift you into a more elegant mode.
You could do this look with Ponte leggings, but the faux leather kicks it up a notch. A pretty sweater or silk blouse looks expensive and sophisticated with leather pants and balances out that biker edge.
*Photos by Alexandra Del Bello