Should I Wear Leather Pants?

Leather pants are a great addition to your wardrobe.

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No matter who you are or how you're shaped, you should definitely consider adding a pair of leather pants to your closet rotation. You may worry that they're too cheesy or that they won't look good on you. But if you seek out a pair that fits and pair it with the right top and accessories, you can pull it off. You'll have that perfect combination of sexy chic plus a little bit of bite.

Find a Flattering Fit

When you see skin-tight leather pants showcased on fashion runway collections, you may wonder if anyone other than a super-skinny model with legs for days can pull off this particular look. Here's the truth: if you look good in a pair of jeans, you'll look good in leather of the same cut. If you have nice legs, they'll look amazing when they're leather-clad. Look for boot-cut leather pants if that's what works best for your figure. If you're a little poochy in the belly, wear a longer, looser top to direct the gaze at your thighs and calves instead of your waist. Aim for snug but not strangling in fit -- leather will stretch and bag over time, especially at the waist and knees. And definitely opt for black.

Types of Leather

Not all leather is made -- or priced -- equally. The cheapest and so most widely available sort of leather available is pigskin, which is serviceable but on the thick and stiff side. This is what those rough-and-tumble motorcycle-style jackets are constructed from. Lambskin, on the other hand, is thin, buttery soft and flows like water. If you can afford a pair of pants made of lambskin, you'll never regret the investment.

What Else To Wear

So you've picked out the pair of leather pants you want to be your new best friend, but you're not sure what to wear with it. Try something soft, feminine and just a little bit understated on top, with jewelry to match -- but for shoes, choose stilettos as high as you dare to wear. Or go ahead and give in to your inner rocker chick and wear your favorite worn band T-shirt, ankle boots and bangles. Whatever your mood, go for bright, eye-catching colors, and definitely consider white -- pairing black with white looks well put together, yet still catches everyone's eyes.

Where to Wear Them (And Where Not To)

Unless you work in a seriously bohemian office, save your leather pants for after hours. After you've punched out, though, the occasions leather pants are appropriate for are numberless -- especially after dark. "Glamour" suggests wearing leather pants, stilettos, and a fancy sparkly top as an eye-catching alternative to the little black cocktail dress and further advises, "there's not a man on the planet who doesn't want to see his date in black leather pants."

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