Can You Wear Leather Pants Over 40?? | How To Wear Leather Pants

Can You Wear Leather Pants Over 40??

Updating your wardrobe with cool modern pieces is a sure-fire way to keep your style fresh and youthful over 40! I’ve been asked countless times if you can wear leather pants over 40 and the answer is ABSOLUTELY! Wearing leather pants adds some sizzle to your fall wardrobe without going overboard.

This year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has the BEST pair of affordable, faux leather pants that you can rock this fall.  Keep scrolling for some must-read styling tips.

Find all of my Nordstrom Sale favorites here.

How to Wear Leather Pants, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing black faux leather pants by Halogen with a brown All In Favor bishop sleeve sweater, black Louise et Cie booties, and brown QUAY sunglasses in Telluride, Colorado

How to Wear Leather Pants, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing black faux leather pants by Halogen with a brown All In Favor bishop sleeve sweater, black Louise et Cie booties, and brown QUAY sunglasses in Telluride, ColoradoHow to Wear Leather Pants, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing black faux leather pants by Halogen with a brown All In Favor bishop sleeve sweater, black Louise et Cie booties, and brown QUAY sunglasses in Telluride, Colorado

How to Wear Leather Pants, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing black faux leather pants by Halogen with a brown All In Favor bishop sleeve sweater, black Louise et Cie booties, and brown QUAY sunglasses in Telluride, Colorado

How to Wear Leather Pants, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing black faux leather pants by Halogen with a brown All In Favor bishop sleeve sweater, black Louise et Cie booties, and brown QUAY sunglasses in Telluride, Colorado

PANTS | SWEATER | BOOTIES | SUNGLASSES

Halogen Faux Leather Pants

These cool faux leather pants by Halogen are one of my favorite pairs of pants from the Nordstrom sale! They have a cropped flare leg silhouette that’s perfect to pair with ankle booties. (Black booties keep you looking longer and taller since cropped pants can cut you off) They have a zip closure on the side, the fit is lovely, and the fabric feels amazing! The best part…you can get them for under $50!

Sweater & Booties

I paired these pants with this gorgeous brown bishop sleeve sweater by All In Favor. I love the voluminous sleeves and the flattering wrap front. On my feet, I’m wearing the best black booties by Louise et Cie that are comfortable, stylish, and under $100! This entire look was in my top 35 finds from the sale video that you can watch here if you missed it!

See how our HIVE Community Manager, Denise, styled the same pants below! Plus, keep scrolling for some tips on how to wear leather pants over 40!

How To Wear Leather Pants, Denise, the Hive community manager wearing black faux leather pants with leopard print long sleeve blouse

PANTS | TOP | EARRINGS | SUNGLASSES | PUMPS

Denise’s Look

Denise is wearing the same Halogen faux leather pants with a chic leopard print blouse by 1.State. She threw on a pair of pumps and cool hoop earrings for a sophisticated date night look!

How to Wear Leather Pants, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing black faux leather pants by Halogen with a brown All In Favor bishop sleeve sweater, black Louise et Cie booties, and brown QUAY sunglasses in Telluride, Colorado

How To Wear Leather Pants Over 40

  1. Size Down – You’re thinking…what!? Yes…size down! Leather pants show every lump and bump so there may be a temptation to size up, but don’t! The leather stretches. You want them to fit like a second skin. If you’re between sizes, size down. I probably should size down in these pants. They look better on Denise!
  2. Keep It Simple – Leather pants are a standout piece so keeping the rest of the look simple and classic is key.
  3. Accessories/Shoes – Shoe choice is important. To keep a long, lean line, wear shoes that are the same color as your pants. You’ll also want to keep any other accessories like jewelry very simple.
  4. One Trend Rule – Sometimes you might wonder, “Does this make me look like I’m trying too hard?” If you are feeling that way, rock your leather pants and keep everything else, very minimal and classic. No other trends and I promise you’ll feel better. I call it the one trend rule which is great to pull out anytime you’re in doubt.

Nordstrom Sale Basics, Fashion Blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a basic black sweater by Chelsea28 with gray rag & bone skinny jeans, treasure & bond hat, and Louise et Cie black booties all from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in Telluride, Colorado

More Nordstrom Sale Posts

Nordstrom Sale Outfits For Women 40 & 50+
The 35 Best Fashion Finds For Women 40 & 50+ From The NSale
Jeans That Will Sell Out Fast
My Favorite Jackets
The Best Boots & Booties
My Favorite Sweaters
The Best Jewelry 
My Home Favorites
Favorites Under $100
My First Impressions Of The Sale

Have do you feel about wearing faux leather pants over 40? Yay? or Nah? Please share in the comments below.

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  1. Hello Erin
    This is my first time with you
    Your style your yor height your figure flattering CAMOUFLAGING fixes are ALL the tricks i have used so it was fun for me to watch and listen . I will be 74 yrs old next year and because i dress like a hip 40 year old, most people do not guess my age ! My husband and I retired to Whitefish Montana and Love it 😍 However i miss my great SHOPPING Places .
    I have not found a pair of hi- waist Skinny jeans . I have a hour glass figure and for years have helD up my low rise mid rise jeans w a long shoe string 🤣 if you know of a pair of very hi waist jeans 👖 i would love to hear about it !
    Thank you for your efforts , you are adorable
    Tanya Piper
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