how to wear leather leggings

As part of my effort to streamline (and save money) lately, I have to really convince myself I need something before I bite the bullet. So when I dream of (faux) leather leggings, I consider how they’ll fit into my wardrobe, and how they’ll reinvent the items I already have.  Basically, it’s an only-staples rule.  3 easy, go-to outfits, minimum.  So here’s a little collection–using only items I already had–showing how to wear leather leggings in three different ways:

Because these babies are edgier than almost all of my other pants, my instinct is to downplay with everyday basics and neutrals.  Shown are these faux leather leggings, and all other items pictured are linked below.

LOOK 1. white tee + army jacket + Chuck Taylors + red lip // This works for my casual office, and is surprisingly easy to wear.  I also love that it gives me a good way to wear those sneakers, which I’ve had forever, but always passed over for my solid black ones.  But here, they add a little pattern to an otherwise plain palette.

LOOK 2. denim shirt + cozy sweater + colored ankle boot + ceramic ring // Also work-appropriate.  The denim-sweater combo is sort of sweet and rustic, which is fun to mix up with the leggings.

LOOK 3. slouchy black top + (vintage or) faux fur jacket + black heels + gold necklace // The real dress-up outfit.  No color, no sparkle, now pattern, and only minimal jewelry here, because the jacket-legging paring does enough statement-making for me.  I have a vintage fur jacket left over from Snow Jacket, and still haven’t gotten totally comfortable wearing it.  (Any other suggestions?)

And just for fun, here’s how to wear leather leggings in an outfit I’m still dreaming of…


Dream outfit

how to wear leather leggings

I’m coveting wedge sneakers so much right now that I either have to wisely let the phase phase pass or I may be doing those sneakers as a 3-Way feature next.  I love how they tomboy up this ensemble, with help of a cool graphic sweatshirt borrowed from him, with a soft scarf bringing feminine balance.  And that dark, dark red lip color that’s so on-trend right now.

(Clockwise from top:) CUYANA infinity scarf / GIVENCHY sweatshirt / NARS pure matte lipstick in Moscow / BOUTIQUE MINIMALISTE gold studs / ASOS wedge high-top sneakers


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