Best Leather Leggings

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We all need a little leather this fall. It’s the perfect trend to keep things sexy. I’m not kidding when I tell you I have tried on DOZENS this fall–but nothing struck me as perfect (meaning nothing made me want to whip out my AMEX). When I slipped this pair on it was game over. They are sublime. Let’s talk about them.

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I wear a lot of boots in the fall and a lot of pants. It’s so cold in NYC that I only bust out skirts and dresses on rare occasions. Leather makes sense for me. Investing in this pair of Paige Paloma Leggings ($299) at Bergdorf Goodman was a big fall purchase. But ladies, I was smitten. The back side is stretchy. The leather on the front is supple and the waist band hides a lot of sins.  They don’t sit too low or too high. In other words? Perfection.

But do note: you can’t show the waistband. You have to cover up the top of the pants. Which is great since leather can be tricky to pull off.

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I think the key is not to go overboard. With a tight top or sequins these leggings are over-the-top, but with a flowy blouse and a tuxedo jacket it feels subtly sexy. Think more Kate Beckinsale and less Kim Kardashian.

I layered a top from Jennifer Lopez fro Kohl’s with an old, old Ralph Lauren tuxedo jacket. I added the Stella & Dot Kahlo Bib Necklace ($228) and shoes and bag from H&M. I would say this outfit really sums up how I’m dressing these days. A little edge and a little big of classics. TIP: Don’t be afraid to see your style evolve!

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  • Happinessatmidlife

    I love these leather leggings on you and this outfit is perfect for a great night out. I found a great pair leather panel leggings from Ann Taylor that I am really happy with.


  • You look like a rock star, Nicole! Love those leggings!

    • momtrends

      Thanks April. I don’t know about rock start, but I’m flattered!

  • Pam@over50feeling40

    You look awesome in this look! It is super fun!

  • Glamamom®

    FIERCE! I love them. If anyone can rock leather leggings, it’s you!

    • momtrends

      Thanks Jill!

  • Those leggings are crazy hot!

    • momtrends

      You totally inspired me when you were in NYC!

  • Alison Lumbatis

    LOVE! Those are some great leggings!

    • momtrends

      Thanks Alison.

  • theshoppingmama

    Those leggings look amazing! Love the low key and feminine blouse on top to balance the edge.

    • momtrends

      I know. A little edge goes a long way!

  • Love this look! So chic, on trend, and sophisticated. xx

    • momtrends

      Thanks !

  • I LOVE THOSE LEGGINGS!!! And I love anything Paige. Probably not worth the investment for my suburban life, but you look amazing!

    • momtrends

      You could shake things up in the ‘burbs in these!

      • Ha! I so could. And I would except I would probably only have an occasion to wear them once a year. Sigh… it is a casual life out here. 🙂

  • Ann Wood

    You are owning those leggings! Great fit and I like them with this jacket.

    blue hue wonderland

    • momtrends

      Wanted to be slightly covered. Thanks for a thumbs up on the jacket.

  • Jill Amery

    Nicole you look amazing and have me convinced to go buy a pair! I just bought a pair of blue sequined leggings in Germany and these black ones will be a perfect alternative.

    • momtrends

      You won’t regret this purchase!

  • momtrends

    Oh Ann Taylor has some great stuff this fall too.

  • Tanvi

    You look so good. I wish I had your legs to carry this look! Looks hot and fit.

    • momtrends

      many many lunges on the squash court!

  • girl…you look HOT HOT HOT! Smokin. I have to say, I splurged 2 years ago on Nicole Miller leather skinnies (same as you, front is leather back is ponte) and although they were 400 bucks..I have worn them NON STOP…and I didn’t even know then, the life leather skinnies would have…TOTAL SCORE! Love it with the blazer….

    • momtrends

      Sometimes you just know when you have made a good purchase. I look forward to many, many years of wearing these.

  • ADA

    You look amazing Nicole. I purchased very similar leather leggings and I love them. I even have a similar Blazer so I am going to ‘copy’ this look. 😉 You look Classic and on trend, too.

    Come take a peek at what I linked up, this week. Ada. =)

  • WE

    You look stunning! Leather leggings have eluded me for a while,. but i will have to give it a shot sometime soon 🙂

  • And you look PERFECTION! I love this look and you styled it so well! I’m wearing my leather pants too…faux that is but its comfy!!!

    • momtrends

      I love the idea of faux.

  • I have been forever looking for leather/leather accent leggings that don’t look too stick-thinny for my legs and these ones look so fantastic! Will check them out! BTW, totally digging this tux look! Love this classy jacket!! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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    • momtrends

      Thanks Jyoti. I had a lot of fun styling this.

  • Um, WOW! THIS is how you wear a lot of black! Clean, crisp polished, and chic. I have to tell you I just acquired a pair of faux leather tuxedo striped leggings and I thought they were the bomb – until I saw yours LOL!


    • momtrends

      I do wear a lot of black. Something about NYC.

  • Glenda @ So What to Twenty!

    Thank you for the link-up! I purchased a pair of faux leggings from Zara just like the pair you’re wearing, and I love them. I’ve styled them twice at So What to Twenty. Here is the most latest look on styling them –

  • suzanne

    Super sexy and chic. Love it!


  • wow, these leather leggings look fabulous!

    cute & little

  • Jenny @ Babblings of a Mommy
    • momtrends

      I know. Shameless.

  • this looks sleek and sexy! I think you got the look down perfectly. Once temps start to dress I want to just live in denim, so it would be nice to have something else to mix it up.

    • momtrends

      Exactly. You won’t find me in many dresses this winter.

  • sheryl

    Love, love those leggings. I bought a pair that looks similar – although the leather is not “real” leather – from BCBGMaxAzria.

    • momtrends

      Who needs real. If the fit works, it’s perfect for you.

  • Hot! That’s my fave look…leather pant, drapey top, structured blazer, booties. Perfection.

  • I’m crazy about leather leggings and the booties are amazing! I love your entire’s so me…if I didn’t only wear skirts! Have a great week!

    • momtrends

      Maybe with a leather pencil skirt?

  • These leggings are so fantastic! The fit looks amazing and I love the styling. I think leather pants always look so sharp with a blazer!

    • momtrends

      Thanks Alex. I’ve been wearing them a ton.

  • Mz Savvy Style

    You look amazing in those leggings!!! I’m loving leather this season!!

    • momtrends

      Me too!

  • Carrie

    They look fabulous on you. I think when you find something that makes you feel good, it’s a must buy.


  • Sherry F

    Such a chic and classy look! Love it! Thanks for hosting the linkup!


  • momtrends

    Faux is a great option too.