Q: I want to invest in a pair of leather pants this season. Since it's a pretty expensive purchase, do you have any tips about styling and shopping for them that I should consider before pulling the trigger? — Ashley, New York, NY
The chill in the air is an undeniable sign that fall is upon us, which means one thing in the fashion world: it's leather weather. Moto jackets have been a closet staple among the style set for years, and slowly but surely, another leather wardrobe item is gaining popularity, and that's the leather pant. It's one item that can instantly elevate your look, and it's surprisingly easy to style — something you'll quickly realize after browsing street style photos from Fashion Month (see above and below). Purchasing an original leather piece can be a daunting task, as prices rarely dip below $500. So, to help sort through the stressful decision making process, we consulted the OsF's design team and J Brand — an industry favorite when it comes to leather pants — about what you need to know before taking the plunge.
#1. Start with a simple style, like a black PU Leather Legging. The team at J Brand suggests going with a classic, slim-fitting style for your first pair, mainly because they're easy to wear and will go with everything in your closet — much like your beloved leather jacket. Once you feel more comfortable with wearing leather, you can try branching out into a more fashion-forward style, like a slouchy leather boyfriend jean.
#2. Material and fit are the most important things to consider. When buying PU Leather, it’s all about quality — which will essentially determine the piece's durability — so now is not the time to go for the cheapest option. Some labels make mixed-material leather leggings that feature panels of leather paired with rayon or other fabric, so you can get the look (and quality leather) for a bit less cash.