Skinny leather trousers are a magic weapon when your wardrobe is splayed behind you on the bed, a result of trying on at least eighty percent of its contents, including items you were sure you've thrown out already. When it's creeping towards the pulling-your-hair-and-screaming point, and you’re dangerously contemplating not leaving the house at all, you've hit the 'I need a miracle' point. Here is a scenario that everybody, and it doesn't discriminate, goes through.
We all, us included, aim for fail-safe shopping, it’s a ratio game. Thirty percent day-to-day clothes, work clothes that make us happy, confident, more likely to wake up on Monday. Even Anna Dello Russo has this section. Twenty percent weekend clothes that range from sportswear, casual dinner attire, to weekends-in-the-countryside kind of cashmere. Twenty percent of fashion that generates uncontrollable excitement, the kind of runway pieces that have little practicality but make your heart sing. Ten percent awkward occasion wear, conservative weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Christenings, dinner with your in-laws and so on. Now, the fail-safe percentage! Twenty percent of your wardrobe that, if you had five minutes to get dressed for a hot date, you'd go to first.
Leather trousers are the strangest of companions, as they cater for almost all aspects of your life, except maybe the awkward occasions. They are a best friend that only needs dry-cleaning in return. For work, leather culottes worn with a starchy cotton shirt and paired with a variety of blazers works perfectly. Weekends are super enjoyable when hanging out with your leather skinny jeans, or leather leggings, sneakers, a sloppy hoodie or a truly divine cashmere sweater. We guarantee that every fashion season will do at least one pair of leather pants that would make your heart ache if you didn’t buy them. The pièce de résistance, a pair of leather trousers that feel like they were made especially for you. Leather that hugs in all the right places, that goes with all of your shoes, that boosts your superb conversational skills and makes you look like you arrived on your own plane. It’s the fail-safe women's leather trousers that have almost replaced the cool girl’s LBD.
By who then, do you ask?
Well, that’s personal. The fit is obviously the most important, and nobody knows how you want your leather pants to feel and the shapes that work best for your body better than yourself. Leather leggings will fit, quite literally, like a second skin. Stouls strike a nice balance, super soft and very slim to the leg, but with enough texture and movement to show the beauty of the leather itself. They also do a crazy big selection, so you have ions of colours and shapes to fit the occasion, and the body. Isabel Marant, reigning cool-girl queen of fashion, has a very unique cut in her leather trousers. Either firm around the waist with a little space in the thigh and ankle, suede leggings that are cut more like trousers, or super high-waisted leather trousers that hug the hips and are quite slim all the way down. Her range always strikes a cord with us, obviously gorgeous, but it has this effortless wear ability factor that Parisians do so well.
We could not talk about ladies leather trousers without talking about Balenciaga. Being one of, if not the first, to do black leather leggings, Balenciaga have collected such a die-hard following for their leather leggings, we could imagine protests on the streets if they one day disappeared. Sleek is the best way to describe them, cut very close to the body with a buttery leather that moulds instantaneously. The Balenciaga leather leggings are a basic ingredient to put with almost anything, and could in our opinion, save you for that hot date. So if you took nothing else from this other than the importance of having at least one pair of black leather trousers in your wardrobe, than we have done our good fashion deed of the day. You can thank us later.