I reckon it’s been about two years since I started my search for the perfect pair of leather look trousers. It started off with a pair of matte look leggings from American Apparel; but they were a little too tight and scratched easily. Then I moved on to some coated jeans from All Saints, the Petrel Brodie design I seem to remember. They were nice, I still sport them from time to time though they can look a tad too shiny and the low-rise back gave me an attack of the builder’s bum every time I sat down. Not so great. I even considered actual leather trousers at one point before slapping myself round the face and posing the question of ‘just who makes the perfect pair of leather look trousers?’ to Twitter. You guys answered back with an almost unanimous vote of River Island. So off my tips trotted and a with a with a scroll and a click the River Island Black Leather Look Skinny Trousers were mine.

And boy am I impressed. They fit well, sitting tight around the ankle and not too tight around the tummy (FYI – I picked them up in my normal size and a regular length leg, though I probably could have done with the long), they don’t get baggy around the knees too quickly (in the above picture they were probably due a wash to de-bag them), wash well and look convincing. And all for a reasonably priced £35. These along with a some kind of knit, my ZARA navy coat and Ash boots has been my uniform for the past month or so. Chic them up with a fancy tee and kitten heels for the evening and you’re on to a winner there. I reckon I’ll even be able to scoff down my Christmas Dinner in them too – they are that comfortable – and that makes a leather-look trouser lovin’ foodie very happy.

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  • Evelyn Morales

    Thanks for this post now I need to go to river island and get my self a pair. Its so tricky to get leather look trousers right, I hate when the plastic scratches making it look tatty!


  • Bella

    I want your legs. Once I have those, I shall want these trousers, too ;) .

  • Kate Flint

    These are perfection!!

  • Natasha Kembrey

    I’ve been looking for the perfect pair too, these look so nice! X


  • http://onedrawerfull.wordpress.com/ Kirti

    They look brilliant! I’ve never found a perfect pair yet that doesn’t look baggy in the butt or knee area.

  • Sybil Mae

    These look awesome! I have been searching for a pair for sooooo long!


  • Danielle

    These look so nice!! I really want some, don’t know if they will look right on me though! xx

  • http://www.katielovess.blogspot.co.uk/ Katie

    These look so good on you!

    Katie Loves..|UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • Amy

    They look beautiful! Never really looked to River Island for trousers, mainly tops but will definitely have to have a look! X.


  • dannii ofe

    love these, now to choose between them and the wax coated leigh jeans!


  • PeonyandPeach

    They look amazing! I want them now, although I’m not sure I have the thighs for them! :S


  • Maddy Cane

    These look so pretty, really suit you! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


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  • Dominica C

    thanks for sharing this tip ; true, a good pair of fake leather pants are so hard to find.
    Need to check them out next time I hit RI store !


  • Eleri Roberts

    It is such a mission to find the ultimate leather pair of trousers! I’ve searched high and low, I’ve got long legs and most feel stiff and uncomfortable when I lift my knee to walk.. not ideal, I spotted these but the gold rivets put me off.. I shall go back to try them, fab post as always :) xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • http://thatszoe.blogspot.com/ Zoe Cayetano

    Such great tips! I really love leather pants!

  • Lauren

    I work in river island and I haven’t spotted these yet! definitely going hunting tomorrow!


  • Annalicia

    so I just bought these. And some other things, too. Naughty. But free shipping to the US…yes, please!

  • Rhian

    They look lovely on you! I have been wanting to pick up some leather trousers/coated jeans for a while now – they really are versatile! Check out how Olivia Palermo pairs them.


  • http://ten-sixteen.blogspot.com/ Nicole K

    Those after definitely the perfect leather look trousers! Would love to get my hands on those.

    xx Nicole

  • Allie H

    They look amazing on you, I don’t think I could pull off leather look trousers though. May have to give these a go x


  • rachh1994

    Oooh, i’ve been searching for a pair! These look amazing on you! xo


  • leydijonjon

    great pair! river island is one of my favorite brand anyway :)

  • Hollieivy

    I love these trousers! – http://hollieivy.blogspot.co.uk/

  • valleyofbeauty

    These look great on you! Really want a pair for myself! :)http://valley-of-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Hayley Willetts

    Thank you for posting this! I have also been after the perfect pair of leather (look) trousers. I’ll give these a try :)