It all started way back in 2003 (Bostonista was just an adorable 17-year-old suburban fashion victim) when Ann Demeulemeester showed beautiful lambskin leggings in her FW collection. Now, five years later, leather and leather-like leggings are extremely popular.
So the first time I saw a celebrity walking around in those leather leggings all I could think about was Ross on Friends.
Fortunately for us this won’t be an issue since the trendy leggings are usually made out of a latex and actually look cool (sorry Ross). For example Julia Restoin Roitfeld (last month’s Bostonista’s Style Star) looks pretty bad ass.
The most popular version are the Kova & T Oxy leggings and are back ordered through June from most of the websites and stores that I’ve checked at. However they’re thin, light and comfortable. With an elastic waist and cut out heels (yep, stirrup pants) you can bunch them up around the knees and ankles or wrap and pull them tight. They’re also about $125 depending on where you’re getting them from and if you have to get shipping.
But personally, this isn’t the sort of item I would buy without trying on first. Because, lets face it, there are a lot of people out there who shouldn’t be even trying to wear this. I might be one of them, you might be one of them. So if you’re not someone who OBVIOUSLY can’t wear them (I’m not trying to be mean, but you know who you are) then try them out in the privacy of a dressing room with your most brutally honest friend. If they don’t work on you then just move on. It’s okay.
If you can’t wait for the Kova & T’s to become available or the price tag is out of your range then head over to American Apparel and grab their lamé black “shiny” leggings. (If the lamé scares you they also come in a matte.) They have regular waist and high-waisted styles and are just $42-$44.
Now if you’re brave enough to wear the real deal leather leggings then…God Speed.
Kova & T: Casa de Stile, 371 Hanover St., Boston, 857-233-4885Jean Therapy, 524 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-266-6555
American Apparel:Back Bay, 138 Newbury St., 617-536-4768 47 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-661-2770