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I Hated Everything About Leather Trousers – Until I Met These 13 High Street Pairs

Leather weather.

Let me change your mind...

I have never worn, let alone purchased, a pair of leather pants in my life.

For me, they conjure up images of the hedonistic lifestyles of 1980s hair rock bands such as Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe and Twisted Sister in head-to-toe leather with gravity-defying hair (which, FYI, is very much my aesthetic). But with 0% stretch, leather is way more unforgiving than my beloved denim (which I end up unbuttoning after every meal). Its bodycon aesthetic makes me self-conscious, and as someone who hates “breaking in” anything, the stiffness of leather scares me a lot.

This season, though, as we’ve all started to embrace our autumn wardrobes, I’ve been really tempted to try them out. Especially after seeing so many great street styles looks recently with buttery soft pairs in not just black but soft pastels as well. When I mentioned my leather trouser intrigue to my Whatsapp group, I was met with an array of Ross Geller gifs.

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So, yes, they may remind me of 1980s hair rock bands combined with Ross Geller. And yes, the very idea of leather pants make my stomach bloat. But the more I see these leather pants parading down my Instagram feed, the more I want to own a pair, so I went on the hunt for the best ones out there.

I made a carefully selected edit of 13 pairs of leather pants that'll make my spring (and yours) complete. From Topshop to Zara these are the styles that even I—the last person you'd ever imagine wearing leather pants—would consider replacing my beloved mom jeans for. 


Remember what I said about not all leather pants being black?

Beige Faux Leather Peg Trousers, €52, Topshop

An elasticated waist? Maybe leather pants CAN be comfortable. 

Faux leather jogging trousers, €25.99, Pull And Bear

Making leather office appropriate.

High Waisted Leather Trousers, €249, & Other Stories

Everything I ever could of have dreamt of in a leather pant


A need, not a want. 

Crocodile faux-leather trousers, €49.99, Mango

A skinny leg that'd give Kate Moss circa 2001 a run for her money. 

High Waist Trousers, €22.99, H&M

V Maid in Manhattan. 


Forget everything I said about leather trousers not being comfortable.


Whitesnake eat your heart out. 

Snake Embossed Leather Trousers, €279, & Other Stories

Copy and pasting this exact outfit into my wardrobe. 

Faux leather slouchy trousers, €29.99, Bershka

If 'Oops I Did It Again' took place in 2020. 

Red Faux Leather Trousers, €55, River Island

The most flattering of waists. 

Paperbag waist leather trousers, €299, & Other Stories

Cowboy boots and leather trousers? I dig it. 

Imitation leather trousers, €22.99, H&M

Main image by @ada_oguntodu on Instagram

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