Ask Belle: Tips for Wearing Leather Leggings
Oct 7, 2014
I really (REALLY) like the look of leather leggings. Can you help me figure out what to look for or what to buy? Maybe what to wear them with?
First, let’s talk about how to wear leather leggings. As with any pair of leggings, both front and rear coverage matters. This charcoal tunic sweater is a great option. I also like this high-low cashmere sweater from Neiman Marcus Last Call. But the best choice has to be this $40 cowl-neck, cable tunic in ivory. I love the contrast between the slick leather and the cable knit.
You can also layer the leggings under a simple sweater dress. This cashmere sweater from Bloomingdale’s is lovely.
Now, onto which leggings I like…
The nice thing about a longer sweater is that it provides balance for the pear-shaped among us. But even with that coverage, full-leather (or leather-like) leggings were too much for my psyche to handle. After trying on a half-dozen pair, I decided to go for a mix of leather and ponte. Much better. (These Guess leggings are a good under-$75 option.)
Want the full leather look? I like that these Karen Kane leggings have an elastic waistband and a not-to-shiny finish. The new Piperlime Collection has a good-looking pair for $98. This Michael Kors pair also have a great look to them.
Now, let’s talk about footwear. Tall leather boots with leather leggings…too much like you should be carrying a whip and wearing a dog collar. I recommend pointed toe pumps or suede booties. A pair of patent-leather flats is also a good option.