Last fall, a pair of easy to wear black leather pants were back of my mind. This season, I’m making them a wardrobe reality and they are one of my major fall purchases. A looser, trouser or jogger inspired style is a more modern (and forgiving) way to wear them. (I bought the Nili Lotan style shown below which have a seriously baggy rear, but I am a fan of the bag and know it is not for everyone.)
You should treat them like a pair of black pants and wear them with everything–tees, tanks, shirts, blouses, blazers, sneakers, heels, boots and so on. Because I am trying to live by a buy less, buy better ethos, I will rotate mine on a weekly basis, along with the majority of my fall wardrobe.
From left: Suzanne Koller x APC shirt, $250; Theory pants, $1195; Kenzo pants, $995; Bottega Veneta clutch, $2950; Allude turtleneck, $381; Gianvito Rossi pumps, $725.
From left: L’Agence blazer, $595; Givenchy boots, $1395; Goldsign tank top, $148; Sophie Buhai bangle, $461; Nili Lotan pants, $1395; Jason Wu pants, $995.
top photo courtesy Net-a-Porter
Jennifer, I was really excited when I saw your post. I have a great pair of leather pants that I loved for years and am feeling it’s time to replace. I live in the Midwest and they fit the bill more than I would ever have guessed. However, unless you lived in a warm climate, I don’t understand the practicality of a cropped leather pant. Nili Lotan’s have a 22″ inseam and Theory’s are 25″.
I see your point but with socks and ankle boots, there isn’t a lot of exposed skin. Also, the Nili sit on your hips, not at your waist, so there isn’t a lot of leg exposure.
I’m not into real leather pants (or fake ones, either, come to think of it), nor could I afford them. But I’m a fan of coated black jeans, of which I have a pair by Eileen Fisher. They’re easy to wash and maintain so they fit my lifestyle.
I have a pair of black leather skinny pants (similar style as skinny jeans but in leather) I bought last year at the insistence of the salesperson who initially encouraged me to try them on and it was one of my BEST purchases. Never thought I would need them but now cannot imagine my wardrobe without them. Wore them once a week in fall/winter. I’ll have to try out a looser trouser type!