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How To Make Leggings Work Appropriate

It's no secret that leggings are the loungewear of choice for comfort purposes, but that doesn't mean they can't look polished enough to wear in public, or even to work. With the help of smart layering and a dose of confidence, you can make leggings your new go-to work pants.

Cool but Classic

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Thanks to A-list celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, leggings have made their debut in the hottest night clubs, fanciest restaurants, and catwalk appearances. With that being said, you should have no trouble making leggings work-appropriate. As a no-fail way to style leggings as pants, pair them with a longer top. Start with this all-black sweeping sleeveless layered over a poppy-red blouse. Complete the effortless ensemble with a classic black heel, and a statement earring.

Blouse ($25; hm.com)

Leggings ($20; topshop.com)

Sleeveless Duster ($24; boohoo.com)

Heels ($26; lulus.com)

Earrings ($50; shopbop.com)

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Printed but Polished

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Printed leggings can feel like a lot, but balancing them with muted colors like this black dress will be the answer to your fashion fears. It's all in the accessories with this black and white combo. Bring drama to the office with tassel jewelry and mustard-yellow shoes. Better yet, lugging around your laptop on your daily commute doesn't sound so bad with this baby-blue beauty. Alone, each of these pieces can be styled for Saturday errands or GNO.

Dress ($18; hm.com)

Leggings ($30; topshop.com)

Faux Leather Tote ($48; nordstrom.com)

Ankle Boots ($40; zara.com)

Necklace ($88; shopbop.com)

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Formal but Functional

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If your office environment is a bit more formal, this is the outfit for you. We're still sitting out on tailored pantsuits, but with the help of a boyfriend blazer, you'll be full of class and personality. You can style this pastel pink blazer a number of ways, but we're fans of a floral sheer blouse and everyday espadrilles. Thanks to the sheen added to these all-black leggings, your coworkers will have no idea they're leggings. As any seasoned commuter knows, the importance of a sturdy backpack is crucial to store your must-have essentials or lunch.

Blazer ($26; boohoo.com)

Blouse ($125; topshop.com)

Espadrilles ($50; target.com)

Leggings ($18; hm.com)

Backpack ($40; mango.com)

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All Black Everything

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Edgy girls have met their match with this biker-chic, work-appropriate outfit. Black is the name of the game with the all-neutral ensemble. A leather jacket and slip-ons combined with moto-inspired leggings will have you feeling (and looking) like the ultimate badass. Make a style statement by adding a pop of color to the understated day-to-night outfit with a fun and floral neck scarf. Whether you're on or off duty, you're certain to leave your girl-boss attitude and ever-commanding presence in this too-cool look.

Leather Jacket ($80; mango.com)

Gray Leggings ($25; hm.com)

White Tunic ($32; nordstrom.com)

Neck Scarf ($13; zara.com)

Sneakers ($80; dsw.com)

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Comfort Is Key

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It's time to ditch your unwalkable shoes and uncomfortable dress pants from your work wardrobe. Fashioned with a high waistline, these faux-leather leggings layered underneath the perfect, booty-covering sleeveless turtleneck will have your coworkers turning heads -- for all the right reasons. You'll have legs for days thanks to the vertical seams on these so-sexy leggings. Polish the ensemble with a distressed denim jacket, delicate gold cuff, and ever-comfortable velvet maroon flats. You'll have the ultimate trifecta: texture, color, and class.

Leggings ($108; nordstrom.com)

Sleeveless Turtleneck ($68; nordstrom.com)

Denim Jacket ($70; gap.com)

Velvet Flats ($70; stevemadden.com)

Gold Cuff ($70; shopbop.com)

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