It’s black and white: styling vegan leather leggings with an oversized shirt, straw fedora, and beaded sandals

There’s little doubt that leggings make a polarizing sartorial statement; I’m pretty sure most of us vote either a solid “yay” or a definitive “nay” when it comes to styling them for street-worthy looks…with very few stuck in any sort of grey area!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, beaded sandals, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

While I’m not a fan of those ubiquitous athletic leggings for anything but workout wear, I’m a huge proponent of black leather leggings for adding a bit of rock-and-roll edginess to a wardrobe.  Despite being more comfortable than the average pair of jeans (they’re pull-on, after all!) they often feel more “I made an effort” than denim does…especially when paired with some fabulous footwear!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, beaded sandals, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

And speaking of footwear – aren’t my new Sam Edelman sandals beyond amazing?!  I’ve been uncharacteristically restrained when it comes to summer shopping this year, but leaving these beauties behind after I discovered them during a recent Winner’s foray simply wasn’t going to happen!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, beaded fringe-embellished sandals, leopard-patterned backpack

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, beaded sandals, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

Do leggings count as “real” clothes in your closet, dear readers…or do you wear them only when you’re headed to the gym??  Have you dared to try a pair in leather yet??  I hope you’ll take a moment to share!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - oversized white shirt, black and white straw fedora

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4 Comments

  1. July 24, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I LOVE leggings!! And these ones are absolutely gorgeous. Love the sandals too… you're right, they do look a little more dressed up than denim.
    Suzy Turner

  2. July 26, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Oh yes! I love my leather leggings! They make me feel very feminine! But I don t wear it in these temperature s! Yours look really sexy girl!

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      I am cool with leggings as pants as street wear. I only have a problem with wearing active wear as street wear when you're not working out. I'm not a fan of "athleisure" (I wrote a post about this on one of my blogs not long ago http://shipwreckedandcomatose.blogspot.com/2016/10/why-ill-never-be-on-athleisure-bandwagon.html?m=1). I think a pair of leggings, some boots, and a tunic are a perfect casual look on weekend dinners or when traveling.

      I have been lusting after a pair of leather leggings recently. I saw a young coworkers wearing a pair with over-the-knee boots. It might have been too risqué for work, but I was thinking I wanted some extra-tall boots and pleather leggings for casual Fridays and weekends. Takes the leggings look to a whole new level.

  3. July 27, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    fab outfit. I love my pleather leggings Don't forget to come link up on A Labour of Fashion. Would love to have you join us

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