One of my favorite tips for looking more stylish in winter is to incorporate texture, especially leather. It’s one of the many reasons why you’ll see me in leather pants outfits as soon as temperatures drop. Most leather pants are incredibly flattering while offering just enough give to keep you comfortable all day.
So today, I’m sharing 15 leather pants outfit ideas to inspire you to try styling yours down for everyday wear, smart for the office, or up for a night out. From black leather pants and sneakers to tan leather pants and a blazer, these are just 15 suggestions for how to wear your favorite leather or faux leather pants!
Leather Pants Outfit Ideas
Keep in mind that I lumped faux leather leggings, authentic leather pants, faux leather pants, and coated pants all in the category of leather pants for this post. Each style offers something for every taste and budget, from buttery smooth investment pieces to gently textured affordable styles.
Black Leather Pants Outfits
When in doubt, wear black. Below are ways I’ve worn my black leather pants and black faux leather leggings.
Tan and Brown Leather Pants Outfits
Tan and brown leather pants are a fun way to mix things up! You don’t see them as often, and the tones pair well with colors most women gravitate toward in the cold months.
Casual Leather Pants Outfits
Yes, leather pants can be dressed down! Your shoes will set the tone for casual outfits. I opt for sneakers, mule slides, loafers, or chelsea boots when I’m wanting to create a casual leather pants outfit.
Night Out Leather Pants Outfits
Leather pants naturally lean dressy since they have a sheen, so all you need is a chic top and heel to dress them up. My favorite way to wear leather pants for date night or girls’ night out is with a fitted top or bodysuit and stiletto ankle boots—this combo feels a little edgy without being over the top. I’ll add a blazer for warmth.
Work-Friendly Leather Pants Outfits
Leather can be made work appropriate; just play down its edginess with professional staples like conservatively cut blouses, a sharp blazer, and understated jewelry. Here are a few refined leather pants work outfits for the office, zoom calls, and meetings.
What Goes with Leather Pants?
My main styling tip for leather pants is to pay attention to textures. Incorporating leather pants into any outfit automatically puts you more on the dressy side of the spectrum, so think about the materials and fit of the pieces you’re pairing as you create your leather look.
For a casual feel, reach for cotton and loose-fit knits. Satin, silk, flowy blouses, ties, and soft bows will dress up the look. Or pair leather with leather jacket for a full-on edgy outfit.
Are Leather Pants in Style?
Yes, leather pants are in style! They’re popping up all over the place in the fashion world, from bloggers’ websites and fashion week street style outfits to magazines. I wouldn’t call them a fashion trend and don’t think they ever went out of style. Instead, they were reinvented (think coated pants and faux leather styles) to accommodate anyone who can’t afford the price point of real leather.
Real vs Faux: Which to Buy
Real leather pants can cost a pretty penny, but thankfully there are budget friendly faux leather styles available that look like the real deal. I recommend buying the best quality you can afford based on how often you plan to wear them. An expensive pair will feel more justifiable if you plan to wear them often over the next few winters!
The styles I have in my winter wardrobe range in price point. I wear my Commando faux leather leggings all the time. I also have Levi’s faux leather pants. I’ve yet to buy a real pair of leather pants, but the closest I have are coated skinny jean styles by L’AGENCE and Paige.
If you’re looking to buy authentic leather pants, I recommend browsing FRAME, Vince, Veronica Beard, and Alice + Olivia, Nanushka. If you’re looking for affordable leather pants, I recommend Abercrombie, Amazon the Drop, Levi’s, BlankNYC, and Commando.
Shop my selection of leather and faux leather pants at various price points below!