How to Style Leather Pants + Leggings: Ultimate Guide

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Last Updated: November 10, 2021

Say goodbye to your everyday jeans and the worn-out trousers you’ve been wearing for the last few years. There’s a new style of pants hitting the scene, sleek, versatile and ideal for the cool-weather season. Meet the leather pants.

Some people might see this new fashion trend as fitting more with the aesthetic of clubs or biker gangs, but believe it or not, these accessories are just as suitable for a stylish day at the office of a quick prowl around the mall. 

All you need to do is take note of a few tips for how to style leather pants and you’ll be able to make this new trend your own.

Picking a Style of Leather Pants

Although the way you can wear leather pants is virtually endless, there are three basic styles of leather pants you need to pay attention to when deciding your outfits. 

Skinny Leather Pants + Leggings

Skinny pants make for a sleek, slim silhouette and plenty of style, especially when paired with an oversized sweater or sneakers. They’re sometimes called waxed denim or coated denim and typically come with a high waist. We’re obsessed with the WeWoreWhat Vegan Leather Pants.

Aside from skinny pants, there are also leather leggings that offer a tight, sculpting fit. The Spanx faux leather leggings are one of our favorites.

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Leather Trousers or Joggers

Less like leggings and closer to a trouser cut, leather trousers are usually fashioned with a high waist and a wider cut, tapering off at the ankle. They offer more room while also cutting an elegant figure, making them perfect for the workplace or a night out.

Similar to trousers, leather joggers are also popular. These are typically more baggy (such as these cinq a sept leather joggers).

Colors and Prints

Though black leather pants are the easiest to find, there are plenty of other colors in the market, from neutral blues and browns to more flashy colors like red or pink.

Animal prints such as snakeskin and leopard print can also be found and are sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

Ideas for Styling Leather Pants

The best thing about styling leather pants is that they go with just about everything. There are a hundred different looks and combinations you can go with, whether you’re looking for something simple and elegant to stand out at the office or want to try out some bold new colors and textures. 

Whatever your tastes are, there are some items of clothing that just can’t go wrong. Here are a few of the top recommendations. 


Large button-down shirts are a staple of any wardrobe, and whether you wear them tucked or untucked, they always make a striking combination.

One thing we love about button down shirts is that they aren’t just a business casual top. There are so many fashion hacks that can turn them into crop tops, breezy tie-front tops, or even one-shouldered crop tops. 

White Tanktops + T-shirts

There’s something elegant about the simplicity of your favorite white tank top paired with your new leather pants. This timeless match that always manages to look fashion forward.

Leather Jackets + Tops

A leather jacket paired with leather pants gives off that edgy look that you may be looking for.

On a similar note, you can also pair your leather pants with a leather top instead of a jacket (such as a leather bandeau like Miley Cyrus is rocking below).

Long Overcoats

The large, structured make of the overcoat combined with the sleek outline of the leather make for an incredibly elegant combination.

Oversized Sweaters

Large chunky sweaters make for the perfect casual look and also have the bonus of adding texture, making for a comfortable, well-rounded look.


Whether you go with a patterned print or solid colors, this elegant bit or outerwear goes well with leather pants any day.

Ankle Boots

Whether high-heeled or heavy-soled, printed or solid, these elegant bits of footwear match the slim silhouette of leather pants perfectly.

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The height of sophistication and the epitome of comfort, these stylish flats are ideal for a long day at the office on the move.


Ideal for an active day on the town, a casual, comfortable pair of sneakers make the perfect match for the sleekness and versatility of leather pants.

When picking sneakers to pair with leather pants, it’s best to go for something more streetwear rather than sporty. Platform sneakers are a great example! 

Styling Leather Pants – Color Palette

We’ve explored the different styles of leather pants and a couple go-to accessories. Now let’s put everything together and have a look at a couple winning combinations.

Jet Black

No matter how many times you see it, there are always ways to make an all-black outfit chic and exciting. 

Here, we have a belted blazer paired with leather trousers and splash of brightness in the heels. A definite win.

Go Monochrome

Never underestimate the elegance and simplicity of a black and white outfit. This effortless yet bold pairing never fails to grab the eye and get people’s attention, and for good reason. Sometimes, a straightforward fashion statement really is the best.

More Color Options

Just because you’re wearing black pants doesn’t mean you have to banish all color and texture.

With a great big world of t-shirts and sweaters at your fingertips, you can incorporate as many different colors and fabrics as you like.

The Bottom Line

So there you have it, a handful of tips to help you best style your leather pants. And this is just the beginning. With a little creativity and an eye for beauty, you can mix and match your wardrobe up a thousand different ways, creating a style of your own. See you on the catwalk. Enjoy!


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