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Ask BB: Leather Leggings for Less

I've been on a quest for some leather (or leather-looking) leggings or skinny jeans/pants forever. Most of the ones I've found are too shiny, or look like black trash bags turned into clothing (Project Runway challenge, anyone?). Ideally I would like some with pockets and a fly so they look more real, but anything will do. H&M had some decent ones but they had elastic side panels that cheapened the whole look. Can you help me out? —Samantha K.

I was going to say H&M because that's where I found my faux leather skinny pants on sale for $20-ish. Granted they're not perfect - they do sag and they will cause you to sweat if it's over 50 degrees out, but at least you can belt them and at least they look good.

I have a second pair of mixed leather/knit leggings from Target's Mossimo line, which was a rare gem of a find (seen here). They're sold out now but you can find a few pairs on (or something similar).

If you're shopping online, check Urban Outfitters, they have a couple pairs of vegan leather leggings/skinny pants right now under $90. also has a pair for $128, a little steep and I can't speak to the quality but they look good in the pic:

For genuine leather pants, I'd keep my eye on, and eBay. Here are a few finds currently at Yoox:

Shown above: Leather/pleather pants are a wardrobe staple for celebs like Rihanna, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Ugh. I had a pair of leather-looking leggings from Arden B, but they didn't look all that great on.
#1 K (Homepage) on 2012-01-09 22:15 (Reply)
I got my faux leather leggings from UO ages ago and can attest to the quality and wear!
#2 MizzJ (Homepage) on 2012-01-10 01:21 (Reply)
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