The Chic Trousers Fashion People Reach for When They’re Bored of Jeans

Over the years, trousers have become a key feature within our capsule wardrobes. From classic tailoring to trending cargo pants and of course, humble jeans, trousers are a staple. On most days, you're likely to find me in a pair of trousers rather than a dress, unless it's the height of summer. Jeans in particular are my daily go-to (so long as I'm not at home, otherwise it's strictly joggers or leggings), but even the most dedicated denim wearer needs a breather. When that time comes, leather straight-leg trousers are the first in line.

The wonder of leather trousers is in their versatility. Previously written off as uncomfortable or trend-led, leather trousers have worked hard to reclaim their relevance in not only our evening wardrobes, but our daytime ones too, and it's thanks to their ease of styling and instant elevation that they offer. A simple tee can be a fashion-forward look with leather-coated trousers, or a slinky top can be refined for evening with these accompanying bottoms.

In the cooler months, leather truly comes into its own, as an opposing texture to soft knits that adds an intriguing contrast, and in turn, creates a pretty chic combination. Designers have caught on to our infatuation with leather, and now offer a range of faux and vegan leather alternatives to suit all personal preferences and budgets alike. What's more, we're no longer confined just to black pieces, with an array of colours on offer. Whether you're hitting the high street or exploring high-end designers, leather straight-leg trousers consistently feature as a great addition to any wardrobe. 

As summer has cooled down (for now), I've already pulled out my leather trousers for both day and nighttime looks. And it seems some of our fashion friends have done the same, providing plenty of style inspiration, as you'll see below.

Without further ado, let's dive into how fashion people are styling leather straight-leg trousers, and I've also added a selection of shoppable options to save you scrolling time, too. 



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Add contrast with leather trousers in a different colour to your top. 


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Boots, trainers, ballet flats, heels—leather trousers pair easily with any shoes. 


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The chicest way to do a full-leather look is with a leather shirt and heeled boots. 


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Even a simple tank looks elevated with leather trousers and heels. 


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Bold trousers and simple tops are trending right now. Here's exactly how we're testing out the trend. 


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Easing into leather trousers? A full black look is understated and simple to create.


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Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.