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There is perhaps no other wardrobe essential that requires more considered styling than leather pants.
They are an item that can straddle the line between chic and cheap very easily. But never fear, even if you consider yourself the polar opposite of edgy, leather pants could be the way to add some flair to your winter wardrobe.
Leather has long been sullied wear by associations with biker gangs and heavy metal rockers, not to mention risque fetishistic activity, but when the most influential designers in the world are sending collections based solely on the durable material down the runway, it's time to sit up and take notice.
And for those of us without Beckham-esque bank account levels, well made faux leather is always an option.
Imitation animal hide may not be quite as luxurious as the real thing, but a considerably lower price tag and easier care instructions count for a lot.
Rest-assured, the reference point of style is no longer Sandy in Grease, but more subtle and polished - think Miranda Kerr strolling the streets of New York, baby Flynn under one arm, a Balenciaga bag on the other, her seemingly endless pins clad in leather.
Of course we don't all have legs to rival that of a supermodel, but leather pants are no longer limited to the skinny, cropped variations of previous seasons.
Minimalist designer Alexander Wang has made a splash and inspired countless spin-offs with his latest leather piece - tailored sweatpants.
With lightweight leather panels on the front face with a fluid crepe fabric on the back, these trousers are innovative and modern, while remaining wearable and best of all, comfy.
Paired with a narrow cut blouse, simple blazer and heeled wedge or ankle boot, these pants would work for a more casual office look, a weekend brunch or even a night out.
The other, more common option, is the skinny leather pant or legging.
We are all too familiar with the leather pants catastrophe of a certain Friends character who struggled to fit his favourite new purchase back on after cooling down in the bathroom.
Moral of the story - never buy pants a size too small in the hope that they will A: impress your date with their tightness or B: motivate you to get smaller.
Oh, and using whatever powder and lotion that's on hand to combat the issue is never a good idea.
Amusing Friends moment aside, fitted leather pants have become an everyday staple worn as freely as a pair of jeans.
Recent styles sent down the Isabel Marant and Balmain runways ooze Parisian chic, especially when teamed with textured jackets and ballet flats.
The key to pulling off leather skinnies with ease is by pairing them with a more flowy, demure upper half.
Don't be tempted to wear anything too form-fitting or you run the risk of losing the chic, and ending up looking cheap.
Wardrobe standards such as the striped Breton top, camel-coloured trench and white, collared shirt are perfect examples of pieces that will downplay the edginess of the leather, creating an outfit suitable for a number of occasions.
Layering is another great way to dress leather down: for example a chambray or floral shirt collar poking out from under a chunky knit and topped off with a simple blazer.
Paired with ankle boots and understated accessories, it's a winning combination that is polished, yet bang-on trend.
Leather leggings are also a great option for wearing beneath tunics or dresses in the winter, creating a playful spin on the traditional black opaques.
While leather pants, real or faux, may not be your first port of call when it comes to winter investments, worn right they can add a little something extra to your outfit and keep you right up there with the fash-pack.
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