What to Wear with Leggings: 7 Style Tips
Leggings are the epitome of comfort. But wearing them the right way can be tricky. You have to be careful to cover your seams and make sure the fabric is not sheer, or you'll suffer certain embarrassment. We've pulled together seven blogger looks that are fresh and fun and show what to wear with leggings.
With a Billowy Top
Kristine of Kristine or Polly picked a boho scarf, printed top, and little black booties as the perfect things to wear with leggings in the early days of fall. Pairing formfitting leggings with a billowy top is a great way to add curves to small-framed ladies or to hide problem areas in your thighs, arms, or tummy. Leggings are a flattering option for women of all sizes and statures—and a comfy, winter-weather–friendly option that comes in every size and length!
With a Sweater Dress
Tip: Leggings have a bad reputation, because they’re often worn as pants rather than as an alternative to tights. As slimming and comfortable as they may be, form-fitted cotton pants with a seam in the crotch is a recipe for disaster. Always, always, always make sure your top hits at least a few inches past your hips.
With a Faux Fur Vest
If you’re going casual on the bottom half, it never hurts to dress up the top half, as Ashley from Pursuit of Shoes did. Mixing textures like chambray and faux fur takes the attention off your cotton legs and on to your fabulous, effortless sense of style.
With a Tunic and Jacket
If you want to wear leggings without the dress-and-tights feel, a tunic or tank top with a rounded bottom hem is the way to go. The elevated sides give it a shorter, edgier vibe, but the long middle section keeps the goods covered. Layer a mixed-media jacket as Rachel of Pink Peonies did to add casual cool detail to the look.
Tip: If you’re going to pair a shorter top with your leggings, do a “bend and check” in front of the mirror to make sure the material isn’t sheer enough to see through. Yoga leggings are a great option—they fit comfortably and are designed to keep you modest from all angles.
With a Long Cardigan
A long cardigan is the universal solution for what to wear with leggings. It’s simple but stylish and as comfy as a hoodie but with the respectability of a sweater. We’re in love with these printed leggings on Cara of Cara Loren. Her styling M.O. for this look: If you’re working with something as bold as this pretty print, keep the rest of your look clean and neutral.
With Winter Boots
Pairing leggings with riding boots is a trend that’s hung on for the last five or six years, but Amber from Barefoot Blonde proves that rocking them with a pair of lace-up snowboots is just as stylish and a lot less boring. If you’re going to mix cotton leggings with a cotton top, keep your look monochromatic for a sleek, sophisticated look. On cold weather days, a pair of fleece-lined leggings will keep you toasty.
With a Blazer
You can do business casual in leggings, depending on where you do business, of course. Jean from Extra Petite dresses up a pair of leather-look leggings with a long oxford top, a tweed blazer, and a classic string of pearls.