How to Dress Like a Grown With Shane Watson: As Super Cindy Shows, Moms CAN Rock Leather
Here’s a photo of Cindy Crawford and her daughter, model Kaia Gerber, strolling through Paris during the runway shows a few weekends ago, and look at which of them is wearing leather pants. Yes, it’s Cindy.
OK the pants might be leather it’s hard to see (although note that Cindy is sweeping her camel coat so we can’t miss the fact that she’s wearing something leather) but the fact is that moms can and do wear leather pants.
These pants are no longer at the forefront of cool, they’re the ones you wear with your camel coat and flat boots when you go shopping with your 20-year-old daughter on a spring day.
Shane Watson shares tips for rocking this season’s leather pants trend for any occasion. Pictured: Kaia Gerber with her mother Cindy Crawford
OK, if you’re a single model, you can choose a tight pair, but if you’re a regular 56-year-old civilian mom (or thereabouts), you’ll probably opt for a looser wide leg. style (£250, cosstores.com) or a short Bardot, like the ones fashion editors all wore on the runways (£245, jigsaw-online.com).
One thing’s for sure: we’ve come to a point where the old debates — are they nice or bad? When are you too old for them? — have all fallen and the only relevant questions are those that apply to everything we wear: does it fit you and does it fit in your life?
Let’s deal with the second part first. There are many ways to wear leather pants, but for our purposes, I’m sticking to chic.
There are tons of joggers, jeans, and cargo styles in stores, but I firmly believe that if you’re going to wear leather pants in your mommy years, then they should be worn Parisian editor style. cool, which is like tailored black pants with more shine, or none at all.
If you want a pair of slouchy joggers I’d steer you towards Hush (£299, hush-uk.com), but for that money I want to get the maximum injection of Parisian chic – I don’t wear leather pants. leather unless it’s as flattering as my jeans and makes me feel like I’ve upped my game.
Shane said leather pants are not glamorous, but worn with a camel coat and a cream wool hoodie. Left photo: Katy Perry, Right photo: Amanda Holden
A quick word on game-upping. This is the only reason for me not to buy any more clothes unless I restock my basics. You want clothes that make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to that time a decade ago when you thought you were pretty good.
We’re not talking about doing some sort of entry game; the point about leather pants now is that they’re not shiny or rock ‘n’ roll and you don’t show them off. Instead, you wear them with a camel coat and a cream woolen hoodie (see Cindy), or with a jacket and a skinny polo neck.
Knits work well with leather pants, allowing you to drape and cover your waist, and longer, lower sweaters with leather legs that stick out are a look that suits all ages.
LEATHER PANTS: THE NEW RULES
- Opt for a side zip and a flat front.
- Stick to black.
- Try a cropped style.
- To be worn with a small heel.
Alternatively, a crisp boyfriend shirt half tucked into leather pants is chic and simple, or you can add a tank top and keep the shirt tails out.
The only rule is to avoid high heels. A mid heel ankle boot is fine, maybe a cropped cowboy style, but if not loafers, flat boots, something boyish (maybe a low slingback) is what’s needed.
Will it suit them? Yes if you are not looking to make them sexy with a high cut top and high sandals, and if you opt for the most adult cuts. My favorites are the previously mentioned wide leg leather pants from Cos, which sit at the waist and have side seam pockets.
Cos makes several styles, including a regular straight leg, which is also good, and a barrel leg cut (£250 and £290, cosstores.com), which is cropped a few inches above the ankle.
Cropped leather pants look lighter and more polished with an ankle boot or low-heeled slingback – it’s the cropped length and smooth side-closing silhouette of Jigsaw’s Bardot that makes it so desirable. For some reason, jean-style pockets cheapen the look of leather pants and whatever you do, avoid flares and creases.
And then there is the leather. Many of the best versions of faux leather are as expensive as the real thing. Nanushka is the fashion favorite for vegan leather pants (from £345 nanushka.com).
For cheaper versions, try the Mango effect leather straight cropped trousers (£35.99, mango.com), which are pretty good and a nice length and Zara do a basic straight cut in leather (£29.99 , zara.com), but for my money what’s the point unless they’re fair.