A bad habit I picked up while pregnant was a love of leather – or let’s face it, PLEATHER – leggings. I felt so down, so gloomy, so down-trodden and put upon during those months that I went slightly barmy and wore them all the time under vast baggy shirts to go out at night. I felt like they said: I AM STILL A PERSON!
I chucked them out once I’d had Sam; “my life is just so, so over”, I thought – “I don’t want to even catch sight of those pleather bastards scrunched up like a black bin bag in the corner of my bottom drawer.” Plus, they were a size 14 and I had high hopes of losing weight.
But now – despite not being pregnant – I think pleather leggings might actually be completely adorable. Worn with the wrong things, a tight top, anything with lace, heels (during the day), you look duly crazed. But worn with a large grey sweater like this,
(ignore strappy shoes), and a pair of trainers and, I don’t know, a large beanie hat, it takes the edge off what might otherwise be a monstrously dreary outfit.
Some other nice photos of leather leggings I’ve pinched off the internet are these:
Again, ignore the prissy clutch and the ballet flats: pleather leggings will also work with a checked shirt like this one, or a denim shirt. You just have to make sure the top is long enough because the camel toe with a leather legging is BRRRRR horrible.
I bought a pair today from that slag’s paradise Caldezonia, which don’t look nearly as cheap as they are (£22).
If actual pleather makes you reach for your bottle opener you can also get these shiny lame leggings – £37 – from American Apparel. I know, terrifying picture, but they do the job.
Ursula M says
I recently relented after 10 years of husband pleading and bought a pair of skinny leather trousers – ie the real deal pleggings. I am 38 and did not think I would wear them much out of the house (!) but yessss, totally agree that with the right kind of slouchy jumper, pointy flats combo they are totally ace. Would draw the line at school run, but other than that I am envisaging many errands that can be improved with the addition of a lovely pair of leather troos
Pls tell me where you bought these hot strides?
Ursula M says
All Saints. A slightly eye watering £498 but I found a 20% voucher code so that made it an absolute snip for an ‘investment purchase’. Or so I told myself.
They are called ‘elm’ but cannot post a pic because I’m rubbish
Seems to me like that’s the sort of price to expect from leather leggings/trousers. Any cheaper and there’ll be something wrong with them… If you wear them more than twice a year, then that’s value, I’d say.