Like skinny jeans before them, leather leggings have transcended their original trend status to become the kind of item no girl’s wardrobe is complete without. But what’s a wardrobe essential if you can’t wear it to work?
Done right – and unless your office is top-tier corporate – there’s no reason why your tried and true leathers can’t come to work with you. This is how to style them without raising eyebrows.
PLAY WITH PROPORTION
Counter the sleek, slimline design of black leather leggings by teaming with a roomier top – let the style you choose be dictated by the mood in your office. A crisp white or pale blue striped shirt with billowy bell sleeves and a grandpa collar imbues leather with breezy, off-the-moment appeal – and no-one can argue it’s not office apropos.
LUXE IT UP
We love leather paired with another elevated basic – cosy cashmere knits. Choose a slouchier style in a contrasting colour to your black leathers – think soft grey for work with a white shirt peeking beneath, or even sorbet shades for a feminine twist. Cashmere’s luxurious texture takes the edge off leather, rendering it completely SFW – and comfy AF.
There are leather leggings… and then there are leather leggings. Quality is paramount – anything with an unnatural sheen, cheap faux leather and a too-tight fit hurtles straight to the NSFW category – otherwise known as the HR department. Save the strappy heels for your cigarette pants and wear sophisticated flats or block heels with your leathers for the office.
For the office at least, longline designs are leather leggings’ best friend. A sharp-shouldered coat or blazer shows that you mean business, but a longline knit or top works just as well. Or switch things up, and team baggy black leather pants with a close-fitting, tucked in tee. The slouchier style offers a more casual note that’s made for relaxed Friday drinks.