A year ago, a friend mentioned she was thinking about buying a pair of red leather pants. I thought, “Rock on. Go on with your bad self. But I will never, never, ever own a pair of red leather pants.”
For one thing, I’d been afraid of red for a long time. It just wasn’t “my color,” or so I thought. Besides, red leather? It just seemed so. . . loud. A bit brazen, really. Who was I to wear red leather pants?
It wasn’t long ago that leather pants (of any shape or color) seemed too “out there” for me. Leather is a bold fabric, particularly for pants. They literally are a “second skin,” and conform to your body.
But they are oddly flattering for exactly these reasons. They conform to your shape in a way that doesn’t add a lot of bulk, and they smooth unflattering lines because they are, in fact, a second skin.
And, if you’re still frightened, here’s how you start wearing leather pants: wear a long shirt or flowing sweater on top. Gradually, as you see how good you look, your top can get shorter and more fitted.
From the pictures above, you know how my leather pants story ends. With red, burgundy, maroon, etc. everywhere this season, I opened my mind (and closet) to the possibility of red leather pants. And, it turns out, they’re just black leather pants taken up a notch.
It may have taken me a while, but here I am. A proud owner of red leather pants. Are you? Would you?
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