Warning: Buying Into This Trend Costs More Than You Think

I’ve been seeing these sexy black leggings with the leather patches around for a while. I’ve been really been wanting a pair, so last week I caved in and bought one from COS (above, left). They were a bit pricey for me at around $120, but I could have spent a lot more—I’ve seen versions of them for over $400. Yet, I went home, slapped them on and felt great when I took them out for a spin that evening. I wore them again the next day, congratulating myself on making such a useful wardrobe addition. Then, when I was cleaning my room the day after and was about to chuck them in the laundry pile, I halted.

Wait … you can’t just put leather in water, can you? Would I dry-clean these? Huh? I fished around inside for the washing instructions tag which told me: “Professional leather clean.” Oh crap, really? I’m going to go ahead and guess that professionally cleaning these babies will cost more than the $7 or so it costs to dry-clean my regular pants. And plus, who is the type to go regularly to the leather cleaner’s?

And not to get too grody and TMI with you … but these skin-tight pants require specific underthings. You either have to wear a thong or nothing at all because panty lines are unavoidable. Which, as you can imagine, doesn’t help in keeping them any cleaner.

So, if you’re thinking about jumping on this trend, here’s a heads-up. And while I am a little bit pissed that I didn’t have the foresight at the time of purchase, I do still love them.

Have you ever bought something that got you into a bigger money hole than you bargained for?