I'll Just Say It: This Trend May End Skinny Leather Pants As We Know Them

Leather pants have always been a winter staple in my book. I can't imagine getting through the season without at least one go-to pair, which is what I usually opt for in place of jeans. This winter is no different, but instead of the skinny leather pants and leather leggings that used to be the default, there's a new style in the mix that's threatening to overthrow the skinnies as we know them. The rising trend I'm referring to is leather trousers.

Pants, in general, are leaning towards the more relaxed end of the style spectrum right now with wide-leg jeans and slouchy trousers dominating—and leather pants are no exception. More specifically, I"m seeing a rise of both wide-leg and denim-inspired straight-leg fits that feel so right for the times we're in. It's not just me, though—dozens of influencers have been experimenting with the trend and there are plenty of options to choose from, shopping-wise, too.

My personal favorite way to style them is with a boxy blazer, turtleneck, and retro sneakers but the women of Instagram are offering up so many more ideas. Behold the best leather pant outfits that define the leather trouser trend (and shop my favorite pairs) below.

 

Magic happens when you pair wide leather pants with a structured jacket.

A perfect example of how to wear them for casual days.

Oversize sweaters just look so much cooler paired with slouchy leather trousers.

Tuck in a button-down shirt for a polished finish.

This easy outfit formula consisting of a turtleneck, leather pants, and sneakers is one I'm wearing on repeat this season.

They're basically a showcase for your favorite knits.

...and statement tops, too, for that matter.

Leather separates lend a '90s feel to any outfit (cue the bucket hat).

The slouchy shape was basically made for wearing with cozy separates.

Sometimes all you need is a great basic to create a simple, chic ensemble.

See what I mean about boxy blazers? They add such a cool element. 

Though they're a winter staple, here's how I'd transition the pants into spring.

You can't go wrong with sneakers and a big sweater.

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