Ganni’s latest show was all about this grungy fashion staple (and we’re fully on board)

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Leather trousers are having a renaissance, but it’s not as you have known them before. 

Last night, Ganni celebrated the resurgance of buttery-soft trousers and culottes (which we’ll be turning to come spring), by weaving the sleek garment throughout their fall 2020 show. The brand’s creative director Ditte Reffstrup remained loyal to their trademark detailing intermixing floral prints, shirts with overzealous collars and of course, quirky knitwear. But the main takeaway? Leather trousers pretty much look great with anything.

A staple for the world’s rock and roll elite, leather trousers have long been heralded in the ‘cool girl’ hall of fame. Sported by only those worthy of such title like Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie and… Steven Tyler from Aerosmith.

For most, the idea of leather trousers conjures up images of Ross Geller unable to slide his impossibly tight pair back up his legs, despite making a special paste to help the situation. 

As IG favoured brand Ganni proved with their latest collection, leather trousers are going mainstream. That’s not to say they are ditching their rock and roll lifestyle, but more, that they are bringing their undeniable edge to the masses. And we couldn’t be happier about finally joining the club. 

Forget what you think you knew about leather trousers because the ones currently peppered on the high street bear no resemblance the daunting slick-to-the-body pair you are envisaging. 

The current offering of leather trousers are wider in the leg – loose even – and cut to a cropped length, delivering the wearer ultimate chic points. As someone who avoids trousers on a regularly basis in favour of dresses or skirts, even I have submitted to the cause and snapped up a pair (to note: this was by far my most complimented outfit of the week). 

A show-goer wears leather trousers with a blazer and sandals.
A show-goer wears leather trousers with a blazer and sandals.

These new universal-appeal leather trousers are about to change the way you dress, thanks to their infinite styling options. For workwear pair them with an oversized men’s shirt and brogues. For a more casual look slip on a sweatshirt and team your trousers with box fresh chunky trainers. For dinner (that will inevitably end in more than just ‘one drink’) try out your leather trousers with a neat t-shirt, ankle boots and a sharp blazer. If it’s rock and roll points you seek, wear said blazer on your shoulders only… putting your arms through the dedicated arm holes is so 2018.

If hitting the high street feels a little daunting for this particular item, sit back, we have rounded up the best ones out there. 

  • Ganni

    Ganni leather trousers
    Best leather trousers: Ganni

    We’ll be taking cues from Ganni’s AW20 collection by slipping on a pair of leather trousers with pastel knits and frilly collar shirts.

    Shop Ganni lamb leather trousers, £490

  • Zara

    Zara leather trousers
    Best leather trousers: Zara

    High street savour Zara have conjured up a delicious pair of straight-leg leather trousers that lean into more of a modern silhouette. If you’re in the mood to splurge, these beauties will work as part of your workwear rotation and with an oversized blazer and graphic print top for casual settings, so you’ll quickly make up your cost per wear.

    Shop Zara leather trousers, £149

  • Arket

    Arket leather trousers
    Best leather trousers: Arket

    Leave it to ultimate Scandi brand, Arket for the perfect pared-back leather trousers. 

    Shop Arket leather trousers, £250

  • Marks & Spencer

    Marks & Spencer leather trousers
    Best leather trousers: Marks and Spencer

    For those wanting a luxe wintery take on leather trousers, try out Marks & Spencer’s tan version and wear with a slouchy grey wool roll neck.

    Shop Marks and Spencer tan leather trousers, £199

  • & Other Stories

    & Other Stories leather trousers
    Best leather trousers: & Other Stories

    Whilst the loose fitting cropped trouser is very much the style of now, there will always be a place for a more streamlined version. If that’s your aesthetic then & Other Stories has got you covered. 

    Shop & Other Stories leather trousers, £179

  • Cos

    Cos leather trousers
    Best leather trousers: Cos

    Go big or go home was the motto for these Cos leather trousers. Best worn with a neat t-shirt, sleek ankle boots and layers of gold necklaces. 

    Shop Cos midnight blue leather trousers, £290

  • Warehouse

    Warehouse trousers
    Best leather trousers: Warehouse

    For those wanting to step away from real leather, try out these khaki faux trousers that look just as good. The pocket detailing on this pair will give your look a cool utility feel.

    Shop Warehouse khaki trousers, £46

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