Black leather leggings

leather legging wardrobe essentials winter
leather legging wardrobe essentials winter senso cadena
leather legging wardrobe essentials winter
leather legging wardrobe essentials winter
leather legging wardrobe essentials winter

3.1 by Phillip Lim top, Helmut Lang blazer, Witchery leather leggings (similar here), Senso ‘cadena’ heels, Karen Walker heart ring

It’s not often that I purchase something and wonder how I managed to get by without it. Things like my iPad, which I use almost religiously for reading, or quinoa, an ingredient which is now a component in approximately 70% of all dishes I cook (no joke), and more recently, a pair of leather leggings that seem to be the perfect antidote against the cold (for my legs at least) that winter brings with it.

My reluctance to purchase these in the past was magnified by the lack of availability in Wellington, and the rather hefty price tag which accompanies them, rendering them an unlikely candidate for any experimental online shopping. Of course time generally does have a way of breaking down such barriers, perhaps as much so as a generous discount.

More so than I imagined, they pair just as effortlessly with a pair of flats and an oversized sweater as they do with a silk blouse and heels, the subtle sheen and texture of the leather adding a dimension which cannot be achieved by a pair of black skinny jeans. If I were to make the purchase all over again, there’s little I would change other than upgrading to a pair of leather pants – ideally J Brand – as there’s a strong appeal in the fit and how closely they seem to emulate a pair of jeans.

I already predict that these are going to become a real workhorse over the winter months, if the past few weeks are anything to go by; worn for the most part with ridiculously soft angora knit jumpers, paper thin t-shirts, and silk blouses.

PS. If you haven’t checked it out already, Shopbop have added more items to their sale..


  1. Theresa May 1, 2013 / 10:22 am

    Jamie, you look absolutely incredible! Smoking hot! Those leggings were made for you and the all black combo is just so fierce. Love everything about how you styled this look from head to toe. Of course you already know I love your style, but this look is definitely one of my faves! 🙂


  2. Ania May 1, 2013 / 10:40 am

    great leggings 🙂

  3. rachel May 1, 2013 / 11:46 am

    you look incredible! love the all-black look with different textures, it makes it so much more interesting than flat black all over. leather leggings look hot on you! x

  4. Kristin May 1, 2013 / 11:48 am

    Leather leggings suit you so well. I would love to get those j brand ones too, but eek the price. I love the coloured versions they have as well. The other difficult thing about leather leggings/ jeans is the cleaning. I checked out the Shopbop sale briefly but everything I liked was sold out in my size. And I have had bad luck with online shopping lately, having had to pay to return items that either didn’t fit right or weren’t what I was expecting. So very disappointing.

  5. Karen May 1, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    Lovelovelove the leather leggings! Great mix of texture to an outfit!


  6. mina May 1, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    Are these the ones that are online now from Wichery that have leather front panels and ponte back panels?

  7. Adela May 1, 2013 / 9:53 pm

    Black is timeless and chic! Great look.
    Adela x

  8. Sabrina May 1, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    Such a chic look! Leather pants can look quite tacky if paired with the wrong items, but you did it so well with the blazer and the beautiful heels 🙂

  9. Imogen May 2, 2013 / 4:02 am

    Wow I remember you from your old blog? ages ago. That is exciting. You look amazing and chic in this outfit and the jewellery is perfect.

    • jamie-lee May 7, 2013 / 8:45 am

      Haha yes! I stopped blogging and decided to start again. Good memory 🙂

  10. Stephanie / FAIIINT May 2, 2013 / 8:23 am

    I am loving these Autumn look of yours, I want everything you’re wearing here & I’d wear them pretty much exactly the same as you have! Really gorgeous. I desperately need a new pair of leather leggings, my last pair were ruined at the dry-cleaners & I haven’t found a good replacement pair yet. They are definitely one of those items you can’t live without once you’ve owned a good pair!

  11. Deppa May 2, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    Damn! Last winter, I wanted some similar leggings but unfortunately I look very disproportionated and I almost look like an ant 🙁
    You look great, very sophisticated.

    Have a nice day,
    see you!

  12. ellen May 2, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    awesome outfit, the all black is super chic!


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  13. Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies May 9, 2013 / 9:28 am

    I’m in love with this outfit – from your Helmut Lang to your heels. I wish I can wear leather leggings as well as you did here. I’ve tried and they just look horrid on my short and stumpy legs. But you pulled this look off so beautifully.

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