I think I'm going to do it. Buy latex/rubber/nylon/lame/leather/whatever you need to call it leggings. I hate leggings in all forms or shapes, but these are just so different. I want some that come to the ankle so they look like pants, not leggings. I'm hoping the American Apparel pair will fit the way I want. Now what to wear it with- my eternal dilemma. I've taken some celebrity, real girl, and runway inspiration to help me out...
The way celebrities normally wear leather leggings is very masculine- blazers, oversized shirts and sweaters, and slouchy cardigans. This look is attainable for me since I just ordered a blazer and although I haven't received it yet, am already cooking up thousands of possibilities with it. American Apparel has every item that goes perfectly with the leggings.
The model way is pretty similar, with a few more unique touches. Erin Wasson wears it well, with a studded vest and tall ankle boots. Natalia Vodianova, although not shown, wears hers with brown crocodile ballet flats. This is a welcome change from the usual sky high heels that we see with them.
The runways are very inventive in what they put their leggings with. This Brazilian designer, Caroline Rossato, pairs hers with feminine tops and jackets. It's a feminine look on the top half but masculinity on the bottom. McQueen puts the leggings with a dramatic ruffled jacket for a more glamorous look.
The first girl gives her leather leggings a quirky, downtown feel with a colorblocked scarf, a knit hat, and oxfords paired with bright turquoise ankle socks. Her look is all in the accessories, you'll notice her outfit is basically a white tank top and the leggings. The next is a casual weekend look- the denim jacket is making a comeback and this girl pulls it off flawlessly. Third outfit- I love, love, LOVE the idea of the feminine, flowy dress (or any other girly item) with leather leggings. It's a perfect juxtaposition.
Get the look:
American Apparel, $42 (ouch)
So...should I do it? Do any of you have leather leggings and if so, what do you think about them?