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How to Wear Leather Pants With Sweaters

The Best of Both Worlds Looks a Little Something Like This Outfit

For the girl who knows what she wants (and wants a little bit of everything), this outfit equation just happens to offer up a solution that's both edgy and cozy. Say "hello" to your new favorite combo: a knit sweater + leather pants. Our latest styling obsession may have been jump-started by Diane Kruger and Lauren Conrad's expert takes on the wintry topper-vs.-slick leather bottom counterpart — but one great look isn't necessarily going to convince us of its real-life wearability. That's where this pairing's undeniably cool juxtaposition — both on proportion and finish — comes in. Leather pants are awesome (even if you aren't a rock star), but they can be a tricky piece to incorporate into your wardrobe rotation. If you offset the luxe bottoms — whether they be a coated iteration or a liquid legging rendition — with an "opposites attract" approach in mind, you'll take the look in a totally unexpected (but very welcome) direction. The chunky, knitted, comfy, laid-back sweater is the perfect complement to even the most rocker-tough pair of pants, mostly because it provides the styling setup with twofold texture. To finish, just add a shoe that renders the ensemble polished; in this case, we chose lace-up boots and a pair of classic black pumps. Now you've got an outfit that channels the best of both worlds.

Shop looks, from left to right: Topshop Knitted Tweedy Cable Jumper ($80), J Brand Super Skinny Leather Pants in Cognac ($599, originally $895), Tod's Lace-Up Ankle Boot ($528, originally $660); J.Crew Collection Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater ($100, originally $198), Generation Love Faux Leather Leggings ($140), KORS Michael Kors Aberly Leather Pump ($250); A.L.C. Joni Sweater ($277, originally $396), Faith Connexion Blue Leather Fitted Pants ($927, originally $1,325), Reiss Kristina Lace-Up Booties ($370)

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