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How To Wear Leather Leggings

Updated on September 4, 2011

Leather leggings appeared on the fashion circuit in the fall season of 2008. Love them or loathe them, they're still a sought after piece and as the seasons wear on, they're beginning to appear on many a shapely - and not so shapely - leg.

For whatever reason, they have remained on trend and can be found both online and in the high street. Most women love the look and feel of tight shiny leggings - others because they're not only flattering - they're comfortable too.

They've fast become a wardrobe staple and providing you know how to wear tight leggings and have the confidence to carry them off - you'll look good and certainly as though you know what's hip and cool in the fashion world.

The best leather leggings are the ones to the right. They're available in medium and large sizes - and they're a great faux leather pair that will get you and your new look off to a great start.

They're sassy, they're hot - and they flatter in all the right ways. They're also a breeze to wash and wear time and again - and are definitely the best pair all round. They're affordable and won't blow the budget - and they're exactly what I'm talking about when I say hot, on trend and gorgeous! Highly recommended!

If you really are planning on buying and wearing a pair - the main thing about leggings is this: they are not to be confused with something you'd find stretched around the legs of an avid horse rider.

Or Clint Eastwood, come to that matter.

They're not riding apparel and providing you avoid teaming them with plaid shirts and western hats, you'll be able to avoid walking down your local high street looking like a parody of a rider - trying to find her missing horse.

What To Wear With Leather Leggings

Worn with the correct accessories, tops and footwear, you'll turn heads (in admiration), rather than turn up the mouths of those you pass on your merry and oblivious way. The pair on the right are another great example of what a good quality pair of shiny leather leggings should look like - faux or otherwise.

These ones are available in a range of sizes - from x-small up to a large, plus you can buy them in more than just black - gray, gold and blue to name a few. They fit like a glove and - when worn correctly they'll look totally awesome.

That said ... the bottom line when it comes to wearing them is this: don't try too hard. Make sure you look casual without looking tatty and chic without looking cheap. In a nutshell, classy not trashy.

All easily done, if you follow a few simple guidelines.

Wearing Leather Leggings

How to wear leather leggings? Carefully. Don't wear them with knee high boots for e.g. - you'll appear more swashbuckling than fashionable. Instead, wear them with heels or a nice pair of flat pumps.

Pay attention to how they look on your legs when you try them on. Don't buy them if they're anything less than skin-tight. They need to look more like a pair of footless tights than wrinkled stockings.

You're aiming for a leg-enhancing 'sheer' appearance and if they're less than tight, leave them on the hanger. Top tip: horrible but true - make sure they're tight on the leg but not in the crotch area.

During the day, a rock chick type t-shirt or similar apparel will do nicely. For going out, choose something more flowing, like a tunic top or longer, more structured t-shirt. Accessorize to match, paying attention to detail.

You could team your leather leggings with a black boho tunic, a fitted black jacket - something similar to the Pea Coat style - then add in some color with a red clutch bag and matching red costume jewellery.

The point is this: wearing a leather legging ensemble is supposed to create a look that screams trendy, chic - stylish. The correct coordination will do just that.

Aim to look as though your outfit was effortless and donned with ease, not with a lot of hair tearing angst.

Be cool and you'll look just that. Try too hard and ... well ... the good, the bad and the ugly will springs to mind.

Faux Leather Leggings

Faux leather leggings are a great alternative to real leather - and they're usually what you'll find on the shelves in clothing stores.

For one thing - they're washable. You can't just throw leather into a washing machine. You'll probably end up with something that looks like a shammy leather.

They tend to be made from spandex or a similar stretch fabric, with a polyurethane outer coating.

Basically, leather look, shiny leggings. But - the end result is the same. Sleek and sexy, and infinitely easier to care for.

You are not Clint ...
You are not Clint ...

Now you've got the 'idea', here are some leather leggings fashion style tips. Call it a 'do's and don't' list.

The trick is - pay attention to the tips ... that way you'll definitely avoid the fashion victim look.

  • They are not tights
  • And tights (footless ones) are not leggings
  • Black is best. Period
  • Do not attempt to recreate the 'stirrup pants' look. It was nasty the first time round and will forever remain ... nasty
  • No tightness around the crotch. Camel toe is just plain wrong
  • No knee high boots. You're not a pirate
  • Layering is a fab way to dress up (or dress down) your leggings
  • Do not confuse them with leather chaps - and in case you haven't, only wear chaps if you're intending to ride a horse. Leather chaps + fashion + night out = fashion suicide
  • No other leather needs to be worn. Therefore no leather tops, corsets yadda yadaa
  • Absolutely no VPL - ever.
  • Aim for either the rock chick or boho look
  • Shiny leggings are fine but the matte finish is just as cool
  • Flat pumps, ankle boots or sexy heels on your feet
  • Accessorize - but pay attention to color matching, texture and so on

Now you're armed with the know-how ... you've no excuse. Remember: leather leggings can and do look great, providing you stay away from trying too hard.

Don't be caught resembling anything like a cowboy. Top Tip: Clint's never worn footless leggings when riding.


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      tee 6 years ago

      i actually have a black pair! i love them. have to find some shirts to match...that's a little more difficult. i would like to try a gold pair.

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Leather leggings are comfortable. Like skinny jeans I guess :)

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      mysisters 7 years ago

      Great Hub. I have never really thought about getting leather leggings. Are they comfortable? I would think that they would be very tight on your skin and would be uncomfortable.

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      Andria 7 years ago

      No, can't help jshop. I know a lot have been bought via this article and none have been returned. They're must be something good about the ones on Amazon. Shop around, I'm sure you'll find some great leather leggings sooner or later :)

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      jshop 7 years ago

      So so very glad you posted this! I've been thinking about getting faux leather leggings, but was in need of a little advice on how to wear them and where to get them. I've been eyeing a pair on American Apparel's website. Anyone know anything about them? Good? Bad?

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      privateye2500 7 years ago from Canada, USA, London

      HOW to wear them?

      **V-E-R-Y Carefully! ;}


      Even with great legs like mine.

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      Marie Giunta 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Leather leggings - you make them sound so sexy and fun to wear. I must say I haven't tried leather ones but I do wear leggings in winter here in Oz (like right now), they are so comfortable. Oh and I avoid camel toes by wearing skirts over them, so much safer at my age!!! Had such a good laugh reading this hub, thanks.

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      Maxine Doll 8 years ago from london

      I love love love them you can where the T you sleep in with a killer hill and look so chic or put on your high top kicks bid bag bed hair and do the day still looking fad ,With that I dont need to try ......

      One thing girls that's not good is the love poch on show..

      NO NO NO xXx

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      HealthGemz 8 years ago from New York

      Leggings are my all time favoritte!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      lender - ahhhh I don't know. Curves work just as well. It's the accessories and other clothing you know. Leather leggings are really good for upholstering the booty ;)

      bhaskar - you're most welcome :)

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      bhaskar_c 8 years ago from Bangalore

      good collection of information... loved this....

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      lender3212000 8 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Wow, you sure have to be in good shape to wear something like that!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      getitdoen - very. And supporting and great for the booty :)

      janur - well ... I guess not but you never know ;)

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      janur 8 years ago from beatiful land called java!

      great hub... offcourse i cant wear it lol

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      getitdone 8 years ago

      Wow, I have never seen leather leggings before. This is quite the new one. I wonder how comfortable they are compared to regular leather pants?

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      Leggings! 8 years ago

      Hi frogdropping, thank you for this nice article! I really like jeans and leather leggings :-) Its the perfect outfit for the disco or shopping tours. Isn't it?! ;-) Kisses, Lena

      BTW: Clint aka Dirty Harry... *ROFL*

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Go on - you all know you want to walk down the street with leather clad legs. Just don't forget to leave the plaid shirts in the wardrobe :)

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      Dona Rosa 8 years ago from Tennessee

      OK, have to try these! And hey, fester, come on, dude - -you'd look great, I'll bet!

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      Daniel Christian 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I don't know that I see leather leggings in my future, haha, but great hub. :)

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      rakesh2 8 years ago from Hyderabad

      great tips Gotta love anything leather

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      open the hatch 8 years ago from South Kensington, London

      great tips, thanks!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Shop - I have ... hilariously funny :)

      Dan - they're 'in' but not everyone actually wears them. And half that do kind of make a bit of a hash of it ;)

      Fashionguru - I can't ever remember claiming to be one. Clearly you claim to be so. Which is great, without the fashion experts in the world, where would we be?

      But - this was written generically and not aimed at those with bodies that resemble the cat walk queens. And it's pointless telling me that exactly what appears on the catwalk appears on the highstreet, because it doesn't - at least not for the general population. And truly, the average woman walking down the street wearing any color leather leggings and thigh high boots will indeed look nothing short of silly.

      Oh and I do watch runway shows but not from the side of the runway. My 'real' job involves making the lives of thrown-away children far better than normal society would allow.

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      fashionguru 8 years ago

      okay as someone who has worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years, its clear you are not an expert. Only Black leather leggings? And no thigh high boots? Were you not watching runway shows of 2009??

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      Dan Carson 8 years ago

      The leather leggings really seem to be in style.

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      Shoptilyoudrop 8 years ago

      They look great but how do you get the off? Ever seen that episode of friends with ross and the leather pants? That one was hilarious! :)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      lovely - leather leggings aren't for everyone huh?! And thankyou :)

      ateenyi - Thankyou very much, great to see you :)

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      ateenyi 8 years ago from Chicago

      Great Hub!!!!!!

      Leather Leggings wearing procedure is worth reading. They are awesome and increases overall persona of the individual. These are washable. The whole hub is very much informative, knowledge and culminated with tremendous joy.

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      Renee S 8 years ago from Virginia

      I'm not going to be wearing leather leggings but this is a great hub with helpful tips for those who CAN wear leggings and look great.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      yena - well that's happy feedback and thankyou for leaving it ;)

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      Gotta love anything leather (well practically)! Lately I've been sporting lots of leather with lace.

      LOVE love this hub =)

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      lululemon is pwn 8 years ago from Canada

      im a guy but i found this helpful cause from my waist down i wear women's clothes ( lululemon pants, leggings, skinny jeans and short shorts) thanks for the tips btw

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      Brett 8 years ago

      im a guy and i wear women's pants all the time but i mainly wear women's tight leather pants or women's lulemon pants. does that make me gay?

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      Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Cool! Leather looks great!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      neera - just use the above as a guide and adapt to suit your own style. You will look good - be confident ;)

      mtwzh - great and thankyou :)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      double - there are no words ... and thankyou for stopping by :)

      harris - glad you liked ;)

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      mtwzh123 8 years ago

      I love this hub.thanks .:)

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      neera 8 years ago

      I love this. Very entertaining and the pictures are perfect. I wish I had enough sense of style to be able to pull off leather anything.

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      hdy 8 years ago from Texas

      really sexy!

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      double_frick 8 years ago

      OMG this guy my boyfriend works with was walking around one day and pointed out a camel toe...and said, "oh man, that is so F------ hot! i love that!"


      unbelievable. apparently there are some guys that really like that. puzzling.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      LoneWolf - I think you'd look fabulous with stiletto work boots! And kevlar chaps might just boost you into full-on fashion glory ... I can see you now, loved and adored by fashionistas every where ...

      Candie ... camel toe is kinda nasty :| And you're excepted from the above hints and tips. You're a blue blooded biker chick and can do what the heck you like! Mwah Candie!!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Justine - lol but it's so true, minha amiga, so true ;)

      Kim - thankyou :)

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      LOLOL!! You have once again brought tears to my eyes! (speaking of the camel toe t-shirt).. um.. NOT!! So how are these for motorcycle wear? Can I wear them under my chaps? Is that too much leather? Is there ever TOO MUCH LEATHER?? I'm guessing they would NOT go with my red high top Converse? Love this hub!!

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      LoneWolfMuskoka 8 years ago from Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

      So I guess that wearing my orange kevlar chainsaw chaps isn't fashionable any more 8=(

      Maybe if I paired them with some stiletto work boots that might bring it back!

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      kims3003 8 years ago

      Too cute! Loved this - great job!

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      Justine76 8 years ago

      stirrups and camel toe...HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!!!! this was one good hub, FD. :)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      ethel - lol I know! I reckon some Magic Knickers would do the trick ;)

      fishtiger - ahhh well ... there's more to life than a pair of leather leggings. Like strong coffee and lemon meringue pie!

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      fishtiger58 8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Great article Frogdropping. I am afraid I will have to lose a bit more thigh to wear those.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Oh to have the shape lol


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