Here's How to Not Look Like Everyone Else in Leather Pants This Winter

Let's admit it: Everyone and their mama has leather pants by now. I only truly realized this after seeing a TikTok video in which all the girls were in line for the club dressed in black leather pants and white tops. My heart really felt for them all—there are very few things worse than having the exact same outfit as someone else, let alone everyone else. I was so shook that my impulsive Aries moon took the reins, telling me to throw away my leather pants expeditiously. Then I realized the leather pants didn't do anything wrong—it's the lazy styling that brought us here. 

In an effort to bring love and light into this world, I spent some time on Instagram researching unique styling ideas for leather pants to ensure this doesn't happen to you or me for that matter. Keep scrolling to see six outfits styled with leather pants that are both easy to accomplish and have a clear perspective.


1. Choose bold colors:
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Saturated colors are super popular lately after such a dark year, and leather is the latest piece to get the high-impact treatment. When styling colorful leather, stick to colors in the same color family to ensure you continue to have a streamlined look.

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2. Try leather cargo pants:
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This utilitarian silhouette is high on my wish list this year. The mixture of the low rise and the baggy fit oozes cool and feels super futuristic. 

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3. Add 3 or more layers:
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I think the main fault of the girls in the TikTok is going with a singular layer—a white top at that. Adding cozy layers to your leather pants not only makes sense from a temperature standpoint but also completes the look. Finish off with a surprising shoe choice like these dad shoes to counteract any sense of predictability.

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4. Wear it with the coordinated leather top:
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Leather on leather might as well be called the "badass tuxedo." This look is forever etched in my brain alongside Trinity's character in The Matrix, so I am forever a fan. It's so simple too.

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5. Wear it with a monochromatic print:
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Monochromatic prints are such a handy styling tool when you want to do the most but also keep it refined. Paired with leather pants, a printed top provides enough drama to spice up the look and set your outfit apart from the rest.

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6. Mix and match your leathers:
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I saved the best for last. Mixing leathers is a risky enterprise but has a high payoff when you get it right. The right shades of brown look so cool with black leather, and this pairing exudes supreme confidence in oneself. What else could you possibly need?

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