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The best leather trousers to make you look effortlessly cool this AW


By Sarah Finnan
11th Nov 2022

Photo by Federico Avanzini via @olivapalermo

The best leather trousers to make you look effortlessly cool this AW

As 90s trends continue to make a comeback, we browsed the web for the best leather trousers to add to your AW capsule wardrobe. 

Perennially cool, leather trousers have been around for decades. First introduced by the Native Americans who would use animal hyde to make soft leather clothing, the style really took off in the ‘50s when the so-called “Greasers” (named after their penchant for slicked-back hair) began favouring the style. Everyone from Elvis Presley to James Dean, Joan Jett, Madonna and Kate Moss has worn them since then, and they continue to be just as in vogue now, as they were then.

Once considered the ultimate symbol of teenage rebellion (thanks to their associations with the punk movement and the rock ‘n’ roll greats of yore), leather trousers have sort of dropped their recalcitrant reputation over the years and are now as much a part of mainstream fashion as blue jeans and structured blazers. 

A favourite with A-listers, Spanx’s faux leather leggings continue to be bestsellers every year and just about every high-street shop has its own take on the classic too. Tempted to try them for yourself? Browse through our edit of the best leather trousers below and maybe shimmy into a pair this weekend…

Spanx Faux-Leather Leggings, €99.00, Brown Thomas

Leather-effect Leggings With Split Hems, €35.99, Mango

90s Wide-leg Faux Leather Trousers,  €39.95, Zara

Black Faux Leather Leggings, €35, River Island

Barrel-leg Leather Trousers, €350, COS

Vegan Leather 90s Straight Pants, €120, Abercrombie & Fitch

Topshop Faux Leather Skinny Fit Trouser, €51.99, ASOS

Autograph Leather Slim Fit Flare Trousers, €429, Marks & Spencer

70’s Flare Faux Leather Jeans, €101, Levi

Faux Leather Straight Fit Trousers, €29.99, Stradivarius

Cora Leather-Look High-Rise Leggings, €185, AllSaints

Dawn Leather Look Jean Black, €49.99, Diesel

ASOS Design Petite Faux Leather Cargo Trousers, €55.99, ASOS

Lace-up Leather Trousers, €349, &Other Stories

Faux Leather Stretch Trousers, €37, Yours Clothing

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