6 Ways To Wear Leather Pants Without Looking Like a Delinquent

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Do you think wearing leather pants is difficult to pull off? We feel you. They’re not for everyone and can be quite intimidating for an average girl’s usual aesthetic. But if you want to brazen it out and inject an element of surprise to your wardrobe, edgy leather pants will definitely come handy.

On the other hand, not knowing how to balance out the edginess of leather pants poses the risk of crossing over the line of looking like a delinquent (especially if you are going to sport heavy makeup with it). So, below are a few tips as well as celebrity outfits to copy if you want to wear leather pants correctly.

1. Balance the toughness with a sweet-looking collared top

Toning down the tough factor of the pants can be done if you wear a feminine top with them. Do what actress Emmy Rossum did here and pair a floral top with a contrasting white collar with your leather pants. Finish off the look with a pair of classic Mary Jane pumps.

Emmy Rossum wears leather pants at New York Fashion WeekEmmy Rossum wears leather pants at New York Fashion Week in New York on September 10, 2013

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Emmy Rossum inspired outfit with leather pants

2. Cropped top and a bomber jacket

Now that you are in the mood for an edgy ensemble, go the extra mile and wear a cropped top with your leather pants. Moderate the exposure of flesh by wearing a cute bomber jacket. British model Cara Delevingne is your style inspiration.

Cara Delevingne wearing leather pants at London Fashion WeekCara Delevingne wearing leather pants at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 (Mulberry show) in London, United Kingdom, on September 15, 2013

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Cara Delevingne inspired outfit with leather pants

3. Boxy sweater

We’re all about balance, so if you want to wear skinny leather pants, try making the silhouette more interesting by wearing a boxy top or sweater. Like Rihanna, style it with a printed cap and a pair of white pumps.

Rihanna leaving her hotel to film a talk show in LondonRihanna leaving her hotel to film a talk show in London, United Kingdom, on September 11, 2013

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Rihanna inspired fashion with leather pants

4. Street-style vibe with a button-down shirt layered and a coat or jacket

Leather is a great material for fending off the cold. Use this as your layering canvass. Try Zoe Hardman’s London Fashion Week look. She wore a button-down shirt and then layered a blazer and a coat over it.

Zoe Hardman at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 in LondonZoe Hardman at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 in London, United Kingdom, on February 18, 2013

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Zoe Hardman inspired fashion with leather pants

5. Textured top

A textured top can lessen the austereness of the pants. Karlie Kloss wore a fur top with her leather pants, but you can also go with lace or a top with floral appliqués.

Karlie Kloss wears leather pants at the opening of Coach New York BoutiqueKarlie Kloss wears leather pants at the opening of Coach New York Boutique on Serrano Street in Spain on November 20, 2013

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Karlie Kloss inspired outfit with leather pants

6. Moto jacket and loafers

Silvia rocked her pair of skinny pleather jeans so well. With that printed button-down shirt, moto jacket, and slip-on loafers, this makes an ideal go-to outfit this autumn.

Silvia styled her leather pants with a printed button-down shirt, a moto jacket, and slip-on loafersSilvia styled her leather pants with a printed button-down shirt, a moto jacket, and slip-on loafers

Just follow these styling methods, and you won’t have to worry about looking like a menace to society in your leather pants.

Credit: Alberto Reyes / WENN / Will Alexander / Sean Thorton

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