Leather pants may be one of the most polarizing pieces in fashion. We all remember where we were in the not-so-distant past when it suddenly felt like every human being on planet Earth wore Artizia Melinas: You turn left and someone in your line of sight is wearing the straight leg black pants; turn right and someone is carrying one barbiecore hot pink version. It wouldn’t be a Saturday night on the Lower East Side without them.
But just because something becomes overwhelmingly popular doesn’t mean there isn’t room to find other versions of the look. Below, we’ve rounded up six leather pants that challenge the average pair, whether through color, texture or cut – and prove they’re a wardrobe essential.
Inspired by my personal favorite “Kim Possible” character, this outfit will have everyone around you green with envy that they didn’t think to buy pants to match this Hanifa trench first.
Alice + Olivia Dylan Vegan Leather Wide Leg Pant, $198 (from $330), available here (size 0-14)
Skims Cotton Jersey Super Cropped T-Shirt, $42, available here (sizes XXS-4X)
Hanifa Zahra Faux Leather Coat, $899, available here (size XS-3XL)
Steve Madden Bnikki Green Clutch, $54, available here
Diesel D-Venus Kbt Boot, $357 (from $595), available here
Justine Clenquet Silver Daria Earrings, $35 (from $50), available here
The subdued Barbie
These soft, matte pink leather pants are just calm enough while still offering just the right amount of Mattel-inspired fun.
Remain Birger Christensen Lynn Straight Leg Leather Pants, $308 (from $440), available here (size 0-12)
Ralph Lauren Collection Cormac Pussy Bow Shirt, $396 (from $990), available here (size 2-12)
The Frankie Shop Bea Blazer, $345, available here (size XS-L)
Marc Jacobs The Studded Pushlock Mini Satchel, $650, available here
Jeffrey Campbell Synth Boots, $129.50 (from $185), available here
Anine Bing Link Ball Drop Earrings, $150, available here
Dinner for one (or more)
What happens when you mix the two most classic substances of all time? You get these ultra-cool jeans in leather and denim from Agolde. Paired with a slim slingback and peplum top, they will accompany you perfectly for a dinner out on the town.
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Agolde Harley Pants, $378, available here (size 23-34)
Safyla Slit Peplum Crêpe Top, $682 (from $975), available here (size 2-14)
Express Flower Choker Necklace, $28, available here
Mejuri Single Mini Hoop, $35, available here
Totem Sharp Leather Slingback Pumps, $650, available here
Bottega Veneta bag, $3,600, available here
The coolest girl at Trader Joe’s
Sneakers, a bright knit and chocolate leather sweats? She bought several new items from the frozen section, but most importantly several bouquets of grocery store flowers. All I know is: I want to be her.
Nanushka Calie Wide Drawstring Faux Leather Pants, $161 (from $625), available here (size XS-XL)
Christopher John Rogers Rainbow Stripe Brushed Unisex Sweater, $925, available here (size XS-XXL)
Gucci Jackie 1961 Small Natural Grain Bag, $3,350, available here
Adidas Samba OG Shoes, $100, available here
Motorcore is here to stay. Before you go full Nascar, take the aesthetic test by pairing these silver-embossed pants with a moto-style jacket.
Rotate Birger Christensen Rotie Croc-Effect Faux Leather Straight Leg Pants, $300, available here (size XS-XXL)
Courrège Logo Print Faux Leather Cropped Jacket, $1,086, available here (sizes XXS-XL)
Amina Muaddi Ami PVC Pumps, $780, available here
Mejuri Wave Hoops, $78, available here
Luar Ana Mini Leather Top Handle Bag, $275, available here
The pleasantly cool
Cropped leather pants with Dr. Martens is the combination you never knew you needed. With a touch of cyan, this look will electrify any room you walk into.
Loewe wide-leg leather pants, $2,900, available here (size XS-L)
Commando Faux Leather Bandeau Bra, $39 (from $78), available here (size XS-XL)
Botter Roll Neck Gloved Bolero, $391 (from $521), available here (A size)
Swarovski Lucent Hoop Earrings, $264 (from $330), available here
Coach Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag 26, $550, available here
Dr. Marten 1460 Pascal Max Leather Platform Boots, $220, available here
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