Fashion month wrapped last week, and one of the biggest street style trends to emerge was one you probably haven’t tried before: patent leather pants. All month long, fashion girls swapped out their skinny jeans for daring shiny ones instead. At first, the skintight pants might conjure dominatrix vibes or an old Halloween costume somewhere at the back of your closet, but they’re surprisingly versatile and cool.
The key to making them look chic instead of tacky is to focus on the styling, and we looked to fashion It girls to get outfit inspiration. Try wearing a bold red pair with a simple turtleneck and ankle boots. Or opt for a trouser-style with a classic T-shirt and embroidered slippers.
Scroll down to see how fashion It girls like Diletta Bonaiuti, Aimee Song, and Camille Charrière styled the tricky pants during fashion month. Then, shop some of our favorite styles from Topshop, Carven, Mango, and more.
SHOP THE LOOK
The waist-cinching tie belt is super slimming.
Snag this affordable pair.
A high-waisted fit.
French girls love designer Barbara Bui.
This boyfriend style has a looser fit.
Swap out your leggings for a shiny version.
Go bold with this red pair of vinyl trousers.
A new spin on the jogger pant.
Try a cropped version.
Next, read about the necklace trend street style stars love.