Who knew leather pants were so imminently wearable. I mean, when I see like, models wearing them, I think oh I can totally do that... And then I put them on and I feel like a streetwalker. Sorry, but it's true. I've had these pants for like, 3 years? Maybe 4? And I haven't worn them once. Or if I have I blocked it out as the tragic fashion experiment it was. But I was determined. I could not part with them. Finally, after combing through Pinterest for inspiration, I realized that there were key factors in sporting leather (or in my case vegan leather, aka pleather) without looking like you are trying very, very hard. Here's what I deduced...

1) Pair them with sneakers, or booties - not sky-high platform heels. Leather pants are pretty look at me, so flats really channel "cool girl" whereas heels kind of channel "call girl." 

2) Cover your bum. Here, my beloved linen/chambray shirt does a good job of hinting at curves, without flashing that bass. 

Seen here: CHAMBRAY SHIRT, Urban Outfitters

3) Mixed metallic etallic accessories and a bold purse help the look holidazzle, without going over the top. 

Shown here: Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag (similar) | Hermes Bracelet | BaubleBar Pearl Bracelet 

4) There's a reason fashion girls love Rayban Aviator Sunglasses, and it's because the classic shape is just everything.  

5) Chunky, slouchy knits are effortless. If you don't own at least one sweater, I just don't know what to do with you. 

Seen here: F21 White Cable Knit Sweater (similar)
also seen here, in case I need to hammer this point home