WHO: Robin Baum, 48, celebrity publicist
THE INVESTMENT: True Religion leather pants, $695 (truereligionbrandjeans.com).
WHY IT'S WORTH IT: Black leather pants are no longer a statement piece, they're a wardrobe staple and can be worn as jeans, dressier pants, leggings — pretty much anywhere and everywhere.
On the Job
When one of your clients is Johnny Depp, you can get away with wearing a stenciled T-shirt to work. For the more corporate-minded, substitute the tee with an oxford-collar blouse.
Wear hair in a low, loose ponytail instead of a rigid, top-of-the-head bun.
Blazer, price upon request, Stella McCartney; (212) 255-1556. Top, price upon request, Hawk n Sparrow Custom Apparel by Lauryn Flynn; hawknsparrow.com. Shoes, $1,225, Christian Louboutin; christianlouboutin.com.
Layer the pants under a loose silk dress for a more forgiving silhouette.
A denim jacket keeps the look from being too dark and witchy. Add a cool chapeau for an instant hair fix without any effort.