If there's one item I feel I've been hunting for all my fashion life, it's the perfect pair of leather leggings. These are as difficult to track down as they are timeless, versatile and flattering. I've had many a faux leather pair (easier to wash, yes, but just not as nice), plus one real leather pair which have sagged and stretched to a level of bagginess which means I'm now loth to wear them. The problem is twofold: 1) The fit. Leather gives. A lot. Which means that it's very difficult to find a pair which you can squeeze into when you buy them yet which won't have lost all shape a couple of months later (the trap I fell into with my Zara pair). 2) The price. Real leather leggings are not cheap. You'll easily pay upwards of £1k for a designer pair, and even Topshop is currently selling their Boutique pair for £275. So you see my dilemma. It's inevitably a gamble, and a pricey one at that.
Over the last few months I've been ordering and trying on pairs whenever I've seen them, principally those with slashed prices on the Outnet. I've returned pairs from the likes of Les Chiffoniers (had high hopes, but actually looked and felt pretty cheap and were ridiculously long: only models need apply) and Iris & Ink (just didn't have that perfect fit), until a couple of weeks ago I ordered this Michael Michael Kors pair in the my-wardrobe sale. Discovering that they did fit was almost more of a problem than discovering that they didn't would have been, but I've been tentatively wearing them around the house for a while now and have at last decided to take the plunge. They fit really well (at least for now); the price isn't totally eye-watering (although that depends on who you ask!) and they are the perfect length for my legs. So now the real test begins: to wait and see if they live up to the challenge.
I'll keep you updated, fellow fashion foragers. And if you're still on the hunt: good luck to you.
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