We’ve found the best leather trousers and leggings to wear with everything this winter

From Meghan Markle to Olivia Palermo, leather trousers are one of those wardrobe staples that have universal appeal no matter your signature style. From modern straight-leg cropped-cut silhouette to eternally versatile leather-look leggings, they pair as perfectly with a sweater and chunky boots as an oversized blazer and stilettos. Whether you want to invest in the real deal or you’re going faux, we’re spoilt for choice with options this winter.

Celebrities wearing leather trousers

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Olivia Palermo wears wide-leg cropped leather trousers at the Christian Dior Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show

Olivia Palermo is a true style icon and is often pictured wearing leather trousers, from wide-leg to super skinny. “It’s getting a little chilly in New York, so one of my favorite go-to wardrobe staples for the season are leather pants,” she wrote on her blog last year. “There’s nothing quite as easy, comfortable, and chic as throwing on a pair of leather pants.”

Margot Robbie wears straight-leg leather trousers and a longline coat out in New York© Adrian Edwards
Margot Robbie wears straight-leg leather trousers and a longline coat out in New York

Margot Robbie styled her leather trousers to perfection while out in New York, pairing them with a lightweight knit, a longline coat and stiletto heels. The Magda Butrym pants featured a high waist and straight-leg cut.

Meghan Markle leather trousers
Meghan Markle has a penchant for skinny leather trousers

Meghan Markle made a case for skinny leather trousers back in 2016, dressing them up with a black blazer, nude Aquazzura heels and a slick of red lipstick. She wore a very similar pair by Veronica Beard on a date night with Prince Harry earlier this year, causing them to sell out almost instantly.

Katie Holmes wears an all-leather ensemble out in Midtown, New York in November 2022© Gotham
Katie Holmes wears an all-leather ensemble out in Midtown, New York in November 2022

We’re obsessed with Katie Holmes’ head-to-toe leather outfit. The oversized shirt and wide-leg pants were both from New York label Khaite. One thing’s for sure, the celebs love an all-black ensemble.

How we chose the best leather trousers

  • Cut: We’ve included mostly straight-leg styles – undoubtedly the look of the moment and the easiest to wear with everything in your wardrobe – while also adding some trending wide-leg and flared trousers, plus several classic skinny pieces. 
  • Variety: In this edit you’ll find lots of real leather trousers for those who want to invest. These can and should last a lifetime. For those who prefer to go faux, we’ve found plenty of options too.
  • New-in: Where possible we’ve included new-in pieces from our favourite brands, so you don’t have to go searching the virtual high street.

The best leather trousers

  • M&S leather trousers

    M&S Leather Wide-Leg Trousers

    Sizes available: UK 6-24

    Colours available: Black

    Leather trousers don’t get much cooler than this wide-leg pair from M&S. Featuring a flattering high waistband and five pockets, reviews says they’re super comfortable but recommend sizing up for the best fit.

  • & Other Stories leather trousers

    & Other Stories Cropped Leather Trousers

    Sizes available: EUR 32-44

    Colours available: Black

    If you’re looking for a straight-leg cut, head to & Other Stories. Made from smooth supple leather, they have a slim silhouette and a cropped finish. Wear them with everything from oversized shirts to crop tops to cosy knits.

  • H&M leather trousers

    H&M Straight Leather Trousers

    Sizes available: UK 6-18

    Colours available: Black, Brown

    Made from buttery soft leather, you’ll want to wear H&M’s straight-leg leather trousers everywhere this season. They feature a high waist, four pockets, a seam at the knees and raw-edge hems.

  • Agolde leather trousers

    AGOLDE Leather Straight-Leg Pants

    Sizes available: EUR 23-32

    Colours available: Black

    Inspired by vintage jeans, AGOLDE’s leather trousers sit high on the waist falling to a straight-leg cut. They’re sustaibably-made using a recycled leather-blend that’s been specially produced to have a low carbon footprint.

  • Reformation Leather Trousers

    Reformation Veda Cynthia Leather Trousers

    Sizes available: UK 4-16

    Colours available: Black, Snakeskin

    Reformation’s leather trousers feature a slim waist with a more relaxed leg, for a flattering fit that’s also comfortable. We love them styled with a pair of loafers.

  • COS leather trousers

    COS Barrell-Leg Leather Trousers

    Sizes available: EUR 32-44

    Colours available: Black

    Looking for a flared pair? These luxe COS leather trousers sit high on the waist and are elevated with front and back press creases. They also feature tonal topstitching and a concealed closure.

  • Arket leather trousers

    Arket Flared Leather Trousers

    Sizes available: EUR 34-44

    Colours available: Black

    With their full-length figure-skimming cut, Arket’s flared leather trousers are perfect if you’re looking for something more fitted. They have a comfy mid-rise waist and back welt pocket.

The best leather-look trousers & leggings

  • New Look leather trousers

    New Look Leather-Look Trousers

    Sizes available: UK 6-22

    Colours available: Black

    New Look’s faux leather trousers would look amazing paired with trainers or chunky loafers and a cosy longline coat as we move into the coldest months. They have a straight-leg, high-rise design with a cropped finish.

  • Abercrombie & Fitch faux leather trousers

    Abercrombie & Fitch Vegan Leather 90s Relaxed Pants

    Sizes available: 23-37 Waist, Extra Short – Long

    Colours available: Black, Dark Brown, Silver

    These bestselling faux leather trousers from Abercrombie look much more expensive than their price tag. Made from the brand’s luxe vegan leather fabric, they have an ultra high waist with a 90s-style straight-leg fit. They come in an inclusive size range, available in a 21-37 inch waist and extra short to long lengths.

  • Spanx Leather Leggings

    Spanx High-Rise Faux Leather Leggings

    Sizes available: XS-XXL

    Colours available: Black

    SPANX’s bestselling sculpting and shaping pair look like skinny leather trousers but feel as comfortable as wearing leggings – perfect for party season.

  • Commando leggings

    Commando Faux Leather Patent Leggings

    Sizes available: XS-XL

    Colours available: Black

    Commando’s faux leather patent trousers are an It-girl fashion favourite. The head-turning pair will be your new go-to for every night out. Cut for a second-skin fit with an ultra high waist, some customers recommend sizing up.

  • M&S leather-look trousers

    M&S Leather-Look Trousers

    Sizes available: UK 6-20, Extra Short – Long

    Colours available: Black

    Marks & Spencer’s faux leather trousers have a cool androgenous look with a straight-leg cut, cropped length and flattering high waistline. We love them styled with an oversized blazer.

  • AllSaints Cora leggings

    AllSaints Cora Shine Leather-Look Leggings

    Sizes available: UK 4-16

    Colours available: Black

    AllSaints’ super skinny leather-look leggings are so versatile, pairing perfectly with stilettos or chunky boots. They have a deep waistband for added comfort. Shop them now on sale with 20% off.

  • River Island faux leather leggings

    River Island Leather-Look Leggings

    Sizes available: UK 6-18, Regular – Long

    Colours available: Black

    River Island’s leather-look leggings have a panelled high waist and super slim fit – so flattering with oversized knits this season. Available in both regular and long lengths, you’ll have to hurry – they’ve already sold out once.