Leather Leggings & Polka Dots in Jack Kerouac Alley

Jack Kerouac alley, polka dot dress, leather leggings, leather leggings style, H&M pleather leggings, Steve Madden KombatH&M pleather leggings, H&M dress, Zara moto jacket, Steve Madden boots, Benefit Posy Tint on lips

Last week, I tried to convince you that leather/pleather leggings and pants deserve a place of honor in your closet, right next to your most trusty pair of broken-in jeans. After all that yakking, I figured it was time to take the plunge myself. Hey, if I’m going to talk the talk, I’d better walk the walk.

And walk I did- all over Chinatown and North Beach, in one pretty awesome pair of faux leather leggings. Sure, they squeaked a bit when I walked, and my husband can’t stop giggling when he sees me in them, but I’m a convert. My favorite way to wear them so far is in girlie-edgy fashion, combining a flouncy little polka-dot dress with combat-style boots and a moto jacket. A little fun, a little edgy, and definitely comfortable.

We shot these photos in Jack Kerouac alley, right next to the ever-wonderful Vesuvio Cafe and just down the street from the City Lights Bookstore. This artsy little alley in beat poet territory is usually home to at least one hippie-hipster playing Dylan on a guitar, banjo, and/or ukelele. If you’re lucky, you might even catch sight of the barefoot hula hoop girl doing her thing.

Jack Kerouac alley, polka dot dress, leather leggings, leather leggings style, Steve Madden Kombat

Jack Kerouac alley, North Beach, Vesuvio Cafe, Vesuvio Cafe art, Vesuvio San Francisco

Sanfranista style, leather bomber jacket, leather moto jacket, H&M polka dot dress, Zara moto jacket, Zara bomber jacket

Jack Kerouac alley, polka dot dress, leather leggings, leather leggings style

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Five Quick Snaps


‘Tis that time of year- the time that the fog rolls in, feeling either cozy and comforting or like a big, wet, annoying blanket. The sentiment generally depends on if Karl has worn out his welcome or is just popping by for a quick visit.
Yes, the fog has a name- if you’re not already following Karl the Fog on Twitter, now’s the time.


A friend of mine wore this beautiful coral necklace to Filter Magazine/Gap’s SXSW event last week. Even though I’m a bit more grunge-meets-mod-meets-who knows than bohemian, the styles that night were amazing and so inspiring.
I can’t wait to see the fashion that comes out of the SXSW festival!


I can’t get enough of San Francisco architecture, especially when it combines sunny yellow with the brilliant blue of the sky. With scenery like this, I quickly lose all excuses to skip my jog and stay home.


I have to say, even though I’m a huge fan of the brightly colored skimmers at Gap featured in this poster, my favorite thing about this photo is definitely the presence of disembodied legs on top of disembodied heads. #weirdo


And just when you think Karl is here to stay, he hightails it out of here and lets the sun come back to play. I snapped this photo at Tennessee Valley Beach in Marin, one of my favorite places from childhood.

Even though I’m a Minnesota girl in many ways, I spent the first eight years of my life in Marin County, and it has a hold on me. Like diving into a bowl of Kraft Mac & Cheese later in life, something about going there brings back the you and awesomeness of being a kid. Ok, sappiness over (at least for this post)!

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3 Non-S&M Ways to Wear Leather Leggings

leather pants, pleather pants, leather leggings, faux leather leggingsWhen I first saw leather leggings, I was pretty darn skeptical that it was a look that would translate at all off the runway. Leggings on their own can be a challenge to wear chicly, and adding leather into the equation was just asking for trouble. With their connotations of bondage and female superheros, I doubted I’d ever try a pair.

How wrong I was. Despite my husband’s laughter whenever I put them on (whatever, dude), I’ve found my pleather pants to be versatile, comfortable, and as easily integrated into my wardrobe as any other pair of skinny black pants. These aren’t the funny-smelling pleather pants of the 90’s- they give you the sleek look of leggings with the thicker fabric and guaranteed opacity of pants. We seem to have a hybrid on our hands.

I’ve created inspiration collages of my three favorite ways to wear them, from casual to professional to girlie. The possibilities are endless, though! What’s your favorite way to wear leather pants or leggings?

Sweater & Leather

Sweater & Leather

This casual look is the most basic and easiest way to wear leather leggings. To tone down their edginess, pair them with a slouchy sweater and classic accessories like combat-inspired boots and a colorful bag. Sweater+black pants+boots has been my uniform for years, and I love how swapping regular leggings out for leather takes the look up a notch.

Leather on Leather

Leather on Leather

You’d think that wearing a leather jacket with leather pants would be overkill, right? Not necessarily, especially if you choose a blazer-inspired piece in cream or light grey. Adding metallic flats and a sweet contrast blouse adds a bit of innocense that’s still professional enough for creative fields with more relaxed dress codes.

Black, White, & Leather

Black, White, & Leather

This is my favorite of the three ensembles. I’m a big fan of the black & white look this season, and mixing patterns is easy when the rest of the look is so clean. The bright scarf and hot pink lips are perfect for spring, and this look could go easily from brunch to a dinner date. Who knew leather could be so cute?

Top collage photos from adultrunaway.tumblr.com and tramped-rose.blogspot.gr.

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