Your Guide To Wearing Leather Pants Like a Fashion Editor

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    Can you get away with wearing them to the office without a write-up from HR? Which fit is the most flattering? Can you actually cuff a leather pant? I came to a few conclusions, and while I can’t claim to be “doing pretty good as far as geniuses go” like West, I like to think there are a few takeaways worth pocketing. 

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    Look 1: For The Office

    Leather pants for the workplace are tricky territory, even if you work in a creative office like I do. Fit is paramount: look for a pair that isn’t too tight (leather leggings need not apply!), nor too baggy. Since the pants are a bold statement, make sure the rest of your outfit reads simple and conservative. Staples like a blazer, silk button-down, and pumps are safe yet still stylish choices.

    ​What I Wore: A.L.C. Tony Leather Pants ($1095); Reiss Lucia Silk Skirt ($210) in Sky Blue; Isabel Marant Nadela Blazer ($800, 323.651.1493); Shoemint Karla Heels ($90); Coach The Mini Borough Bag In Polished Calfskin ($398); Catbird Jewelry Opal Teardrop Ring ($198); Kathleen Whitaker Staple Earrings ($88); Bing Bang North South Spike Ring ($125); Bing Bang Crystal Shard Studs ($55) in Yellow Gold.

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    The three most important keys to selecting a work bag? Structure, structure, and structure. It’s a surefire way to look polished.

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    A slightly longer blazer is key for pants that don’t have proper rear pockets—after all, you want to make sure you look professional from all angles!

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    I tend to keep my jewelry rather minimal for the office, but mismatched earrings are a subtle way to show a little personality.

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    Layering delicate rings is a trend I have yet to tire of.

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    Look 2: For The Weekend

    Slouchy leather pants were practically made for off-duty hours, but there’s still an art to nailing the proportions. Simple styling tricks like pushing up the sleeves of an oversized sweater and rolling the pant cuffs to create a cropped length ensure a flattering fit, while maintaining a relaxed grunge-inspired look.

    ​What I Wore: A.L.C. Tony Leather Pants ($1095); H&M Striped Angora Sweater ($60); Modern Vice Jett Shoes ($275); Sunday Somewhere Soelae Sunglasses ($240) in Transparent Ale; Vita Fede Mini Bulloni Crystal Bracelet ($350); Vita Fede Titan Two Tone Bracelet ($315); Tablots Buffalo Plaid & Leather Tab Flap Shoulder Bag ($119); Kathleen Whitaker Staple Earrings ($88); Kathleen Whitaker Tiny Dot Earring ($35).

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    An oversized sweater and loose-fitting pants necessitate a smart shoe. These triple-buckle brogues add just enough polish, so the relaxed look doesn’t skew sloppy.

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    Candy-colored frames may seem like a risky departure from the traditional black or tortoise, but I love the way the amber stands out against my face.

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    You would think the combination of plaid and stripes would completely clash, and you’re right it does, but in a distinctly pleasing I-just-threw-this-on sort of way.

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    Too much jewelry would feel fussy for such a laid-back look, but two edgy cuffs are the perfect amount of adornment.

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    A.L.C. Daniel Leather Trousers ($673)

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    J.Crew Collection Leather Pant ($695) in Navy

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    BLK DNM 5 Pocket Skinny Leather Pant ($537) in Blood Red

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    Topshop Leather Look Joggers ($76)

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    camilla and marc Modernist Stretch Leather Pants ($400)

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    Thakoon Addition Full Leather Pants ($880)

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Daniel Leather Trousers

Daniel Leather Trousers

A.L.C., $673
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Leather Pant

Leather Pant

J.Crew Collection, $695
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5 Pocket Skinny Leather Pant

5 Pocket Skinny Leather Pant

BLK DNM, $537
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Leather Look Joggers

Leather Look Joggers

Topshop, $76
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Modernist Stretch Leather Pants

Modernist Stretch Leather Pants

camilla and marc, $400
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Full Leather Pants

Full Leather Pants

Thakoon Addition, $880
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Tony Leather Pants

Tony Leather Pants

A.L.C., $1095
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Mini Bulloni Crystal Bracelet

Mini Bulloni Crystal Bracelet

Vita Fede, $350
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Buffalo Plaid & Leather Tab Flap Shoulder Bag

Buffalo Plaid & Leather Tab Flap Shoulder Bag

Talbots, $119
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Staple Earrings

Staple Earrings

Kathleen Whitaker, $88
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Tiny Dot Earring

Tiny Dot Earring

Kathleen Whitaker, $35
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Lucia Silk Skirt

Lucia Silk Skirt

Reiss, $210
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Karla

Karla

Shoemint, $90
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The Mini Borough Bag In Polished Calfskin

The Mini Borough Bag In Polished Calfskin

Coach, $398
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Opal Teardrop Ring

Opal Teardrop Ring

Catbird Jewelry, $198
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North South Spike Ring

North South Spike Ring

Bing Bang, $125
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Crystal Shard Studs

Crystal Shard Studs

Bing Bang, $55
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