Monday, January 20, 2014

The best of (faux) leather black pants

kim k leather pants
ph: Ohpix/Bauer Griffin

Sometime last year, I began to entertain the idea that I could possibly pull off slim black leather pants. I have been wearing my black wax jeans for 6-7 years, and they are starting to show it. And as leather pants/leggings/jeans/sweat pants became increasingly popular this fall, I gave my quest serious consideration.

My criteria for (faux) leather black pants:
  • <$150, because living in the tropics I don't need real leather and faux leather isn't worth over that to me
  • Clean minimal design. (Nothing decorative and not a jean style)
  • Full leather: front and back. No fabric!
  • Slim, pant fit. Not tight and not baggy.
  • Longer inseam (more than 30”). I don’t like the way hems ride up when sitting.

I tried on pairs at the mall and online from Zara, H&M, Karadashian Kollection at Sears, F21, Arden B, BCBGeneration, Patrizia Pepe (via yoox), Papercrown, M Missoni, and Patterson J. Kincaid. Also no-one pays me to do this or sends me free stuff. The links are for your own reference.


My winning pair: Paper Crown Serena.
It ticked all the criteria of what I was looking for. 33" inseam. I ordered mine from Revolve Clothing with a promo code to bring them under $150. On the website it looks like there are two different shades of black, but I ordered both and they were exactly the same. Very comfortable. Made in the USA. Dry clean.


For those that aren’t particular about having a longer inseam, I recommend these:

BCBGeneration Rider
True to size. The XXS was fine for me. Inseam 29.5” Washable. Definitely the “Rider” has a better fit and cleaner style to the ill-fitting “Princess.” (The Princess has ankle and back zippers).

H&M Divided
$25. High waist fit very similar to the Paper Crown Serena, but with a shorter 30.5” inseam. Run small, I went up from a 2 to 4. Washable.

H&M Side Zip Imitation Leather Trousers
Run small. I went up from a 2 to 4.These have a slim trouser fit. Washable.
True to size. A size 2 was fine for me. I’ve seen these on the sale racks for around $15. Washable.
they've had versions of these on their website over the past year. Washable.

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Anyone else on the quest for black leather pants?

17 comments:

  1. I have been on a quest for the perfect black leather pants too. I found a beautiful pair at Vince but could not get myself to spend $900+ when I also live in the tropics! :) I have the faux leather H&M leggings with the side zippers but it tends to ride down when I'm wearing leg warmers with it. So yes, still on a hunt!

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  2. i couldn't commit to leather (both lifestyle and price point)... so i found a pair at zara that worked wonderfully. love your choices, here P. xo

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  3. It seems like your legs would get sweaty in all that polyurethane. What was your experience?

    Lilah

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    1. not at all. they were very comfortable. but I do stick to wearing them on cold days.

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  4. The one advantage of living in a cold climate - leather trousers keep you warm! However the dry cleaning bills are horrific. Great review! Like the fact that they are all mostly washable.

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  5. Congratulations on your find. It's challenging to find a nice pair of leather leggings at a non-extravagant price point. I am with you on the clean and minimal design. Too often a potentially perfect piece is ruined by seams and zippers.

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  6. I'm quite curious why it looks like "leather" and "faux leather" seem to be conflated here as if they were the same thing.

    Is this because of the influence of dishonest marketing? For instance, Chinese manufacturers seem to call many plastics and synthetics by the same terms as natural materials as if disingenuously tripping over a language barrier, but I can't believe it's not done to subtly hoodwink buyers who trust what they're being told. Why call something that is not leather "leather?" Ever? (And "vegetarian leather"--just no!)

    I'm just curious at the use of the linguistic sleight of hand, which may not be *actually* intentional or sloppy, but I fear the increasing falseness of products and decline of quality as the distinctions seem to be blurring among younger consumers who have little choice but to accept what's out there.

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    1. I am not serious enough here for linguistic sleight of hand. "Pret A Porter P" is my creative hobby; there's no advertisers, click through rates, or PR companies backing me. The fabric contents are clearly stated on the individual websites. I myself have been frustrated by Chinese listings on ebay with vague fabric contents especially when it comes to distinguishing silk vs. polyester. That I use the terms interchangeably is my own short hand way of thinking and speaking. But I will fix the links.

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  7. The H&M divided are not bad actually- and I like the fact that they are washable. You could pull them off, do to speak as you have good legs. ( I don't!) not keen on the fur crocodile bag combos. I know they are a celebrity uniform, but it's such a fashion cliche, cruel and ostentatious.

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    1. I was torn between the Paper Crown and the Divided, but ultimately the fit and quality of the Paper Crown won out.

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  8. I've been on the same quest for the past eight months! Oddly, even though I am 5'0", I really want an inseam that is closer to 30 inches - and for some reason everything I am seeing shows the 'fisheye' part of my ankle bone, so it's probably a 28-inch inseam. I am definitely looking at the BCBG Riders, because I have an Amazon gift certificate from Christmas. My question is, if I am a size 2 US, is a XS good, or do I want an XXS?

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    1. I typically wear a 0, try an XXS. The good thing about amazon, they have fast & easy shipping/returns.

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    2. Thank you for the information! One reviewer said she wished she had sized down, but I always like a second opinion. Thank you for sharing all of your research with all of us :)

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    3. let me know how they work out. :)

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  9. this is very handy indeed! i do believe you will always be able to rock a pair of skinny leggings / jeans / faux leather pants. this is one of those 'trends' from years ago that have come to stay, i think. definitely practical and chic even for the airport!

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  10. I have an old fabric and faux that I wear from time to time but a full on has been on my list for a while now. They do keep warm which is a bonus on cold days and I like the graphic sleekness it adds to any outfit. Not to mention, the badass effect!

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  11. Thanks for sharing your choices! I had a pair of black leather leggings way, way back when - wore them on my first date with my husband in 2001 (seems to have been a successful choice in attire). I ended up losing a lot of weight and the butt and front started to sag so I gave them away.

    I've been wanting another pair but this time they have to be faux. Your reviews have really helped.

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