I’ve been on the hunt for leather leggings pretty much all fall. I literally waltzed in to Zara the day I decided I wanted them, picked up the first style I saw, and just assumed they’d look good. Man was I wrong. Finding the right pair is way harder than I anticipated. Leather is not an easy material to wear, especially when it’s tight on your legs. Hence why this search took me four months.
Once my Zara fail happened, I decided to do research on what makes a good, trusty pair of leather leggings. Here are the tips that led me to my match:
1) Don’t go for the cheapest option. Now is not the time to cut corners price wise. You might think it’s great to find a pair for $7, but in reality, the material will likely be unflattering (those underwear lines WILL be visible). Not to mention, it will deteriorate after one wash. So that $400 pair seems like a lot, but it will last forever.
2) Darker colors are better. Black is really the best option because it is the most slimming. Didn’t someone famous or whatever say that one time?
3) High waist is not the enemy. Some pairs have a high waist band, which usually sets off the camel toe alarm. However, if you’re leggings are thick enough, you shouldn’t have this problem. Ever wear leggings and feel some muffin top? This prevents that from happening. The high waist is actually slimming in most situations because it doesn’t cut you off at the hips.
4) Go for thicker material. Like I said above, cheap material = unflattering and not washing machine safe. But it is also super thin. Thinking about wearing leather leggings out on a freezing Saturday night in January? You’ll wish you had the thicker, more expensive pair.
5) Snug is good, tight is not. Remember kids, leather stretches. You want your leggings to be snug but not tight. Stick to your usual size and do not go down.
6) Extra material is NOT a bad thing. And on that note, some bagginess in the knees (see photo above) or at the bottom isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it will give you some wiggle room (see what I did there?) so you don’t feel like your legs are wrapped like sausages all day long.
Click the slideshow to see my picks for the best leather (and faux) leggings. In case you’re wondering, I went with Aritzia‘s Wilfred Free DARIA LEGGING ($135), but also highly recommend BLANK NYC‘s Leggings With Zippers ($138).
[Photo: Cheetah Is The New Black]