After four months of wearing nothing but denim, I was itching to add something a little different to my winter wardrobe. I’ll admit I didn’t have particularly high hopes for these (faux) suede leggings — I assumed I’d try them on and promptly send them back.

But! It was love at first sight. First, the quality is great for the price. I love this pricier pair from J.Crew but I couldn’t justify the investment for my first pair of non-denim, non-yoga leggings. But for under $100, you’d never know these weren’t the real deal. Second, they actually fit. I’ve tried on a few pairs of suede pants before and the fit was just all wrong (saggy at the waist, tight in the legs, baggy in the calves). I sized down in this pair and think they’re actually pretty flattering on. And third, they’re warmer than jeans! Maybe I’m just being a baby after two years in Texas but any pair of pants that can stand up to winter in New England is welcome in my closet.

A word on styling… I’m not usually one to wear leggings without a longer top (unless I’m working out) and I’d say the same goes for this suede pair. I tried them on with more cropped shirts and sweaters but felt most comfortable in my go-to knit oxford shirt (size up as they tend to shrink in the wash). I also recommend keeping the rest of your outfit super classic — think an homage to the equestrian, not a skin-tight suede moment complete with over-the-knee boots. 😉

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ralph lauren knit oxford shirt and mark and graham bamboo bag

mark and graham navy bamboo bag

bb dakota faux suede leggings and manolo blahnik bb pumps

Ralph Lauren knit oxford shirt (size up)  //  BB Dakota faux suede leggings (size down)

Mark & Graham bamboo bag  //  Manolo Blahnik heels (similar for less)

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  1. Love the look. And I have to ask: is the background of the photos the Town Hall in Greenwich? I grew up there and thought I recognized it.

  2. THANK GOODNESS YOU HAVE THAT BAG. I’ve wanted it forever and my husband keeps trying to buy it for me for a present. But I’ve been hesitant as I can’t find reviews or additional pictures anywhere! And of course I want it monogrammed, so it wouldn’t be returnable if it didn’t work out. My main question: can you wear it on your shoulder? I know bamboo likely isn’t the comfiest on the shoulder, but sometimes you gotta go hands free. The measurements online look like it’d be really tight to do so! Also, is the bottom reinforced so it doesn’t lose it’s shape? I hate when bags look lumpy at the bottom whenever you put something heavy (water bottles, etc) in it. I can see the sides are soft and I don’t think there is a top fastener. Does stuff spill out when you put in on the ground? It’s such a chic piece but there is such little information on it! When I saw it online, I actually thought it’d be a great piece for your style!

    I really like the leggings on you. And those Manolo’s are fantastic, I adore the color you got!

    1. Hi Kate! I didn’t have mine monogrammed for that reason but I really love the bag and the quality is great for the price. I can fit it over my shoulder but it’s definitely easier / more comfortable to hold it in the crook of your elbow if you need to be hands-free. The bottom is reinforced so it stays flat no matter what you have in it but the sides are definitely meant to be a slouchier style so the bag only sits upright because I usually have my laptop in it. Nothing spills out since the sides are pretty tall but if you’re looking for something super structured, this probably isn’t your best bet. I hope that helps! 🙂