The 21 Best Leather Pants for 2023

Plus, insight from stylists and Good American's Emma Greide on what to look for in leather pants.

Jacqueline Zelwis is seen wearing ONWEEKENDS Cropped button shirt, brown Gestuz leather pants Oysho shoes, House of Dagmar sunglasses, Olito bag on May 22, 2022 in Berlin, Germany
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Fall fashion, incoming! Chillier weather is on the horizon, so it’s time to begin thinking about the pieces that you’re going to wear once fall arrives. Summer heat calls for light trousers like linen pants, but leather pants should be on your to-buy list for the new season. The best leather pants are not only a great way to add edge to your work pant collection, but can easily be styled for day or nighttime wear. Ahead, I chatted with Emma Grede, the CEO and Co-Founder of Good American, about the pairs she loves, the ways she styles them, and what makes a great pair of leather pants a fall must-buy. Plus, celebrity stylist Jenny Rodriguez weighs in on how to make your new pair work overtime this season. 

“I love an all leather moment in the fall because it’s an easy, transitional look,” says Grede about why she’ll be wearing more leather this season. “Whether paired with a tee and sneakers or a fitted bodysuit and heels, leather pants make any outfit feel very polished and chic.” Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to invest in a pair of real-leather pants to get the look. Vegan and faux-leather options are available at a range of prices now, so you can still achieve the look without spending half of your monthly income on one single pair. Good American’s Better Than Leather range, for one, is made from a durable faux-leather material that looks just as luxe as the real thing. Grede also notes that pieces within the range are available to shop in a variety of fabric weights—lightweight, medium, and heavy—so you can find pairs that will work year-round. 

Ahead, shop Grede’s favorite pick–plus a few of our editor-approved picks from brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Helmut Lang, and STAUD, as well as styling tips courtesy of our favorite stylists.

The Best Leather Pants

How to Style Leather Pants for Daytime

“I like to style leather pants for fall because it’s the perfect staple for the season,” says Rodriguez, who has worked with Beyonce, and stylists Marni Senofante and Elizabeth Stewart. “It replaces jeans for me, especially when going out. Leather pants on their own can elevate any look.” 

When it comes to styling your leather pants for the daytime, Rodrigues prefers to match “leather pants with a white tee and an oversize blazer or jacket” because it’s so “chic and effortless.” For a slightly out-of-the-box way to wear leather pants this season, Rodriguez recommends trying out a monochromatic look. “I also like to play with colors,” she says. “So if the leather pants, let’s say, are orange, I would pair them with an orange top or pink for a little pop.” 

How to Style Leather Pants for a Night Out

For a night out, feel free to play with texture and sparkle. “One of my favorite looks is contrasting more feminine accessories with an oversized piece like our fleece shacket, which is perfect for chillier fall nights,” Grede says. Her go-to includes ”pairing leather pants with one of our bodysuits, an oversized shacket, our Cinder-F*cking-Ella pumps, styled with gold hoops and a slicked back bun.” 

Meet The Experts

Emma Grede
Emma Grede

Emma Grede is the CEO and Co-Founder of Good American,the first fully inclusive fashion brand that celebrates all dimensions of female power. In October 2016, Emma launched Good American alongside Khloé Kardashian. What started as the largest denim launch in history, Good American is now an iconic inclusive fashion line of denim, ready-to-wear, swim, shoes and activewear.Emma is also a founding partner of SKIMS, a solutions-oriented brand creating the next generation of underwear, loungewear and shapewear, and co-Founder of Safely, the plant-powered cleaning brand delivering chemical-free cleaning products to the masses. Emma got her start working in fashion show production, before founding and serving as CEO of ITB Worldwide, a talent management and entertainment marketing agency.

Julia Marzovilla
Jenny Rodriguez
Jenny Rodriguez

Jenny Rodriguez was born and raised in Los Angeles. First generation Mexican American.  She’s been in the Fashion industry for nearly ten years as a stylist. She started her career in TV, working as an assistant in wardrobe, and worked her way up from there. Since then, she has worked on red carpet award shows, editorials, campaigns, and commercials, just to name a few.  

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.