A Leg Up: How to Pull Off a Great Look With Leggings

leggingsIf there’s one fashion trend that seems to have taken the world by storm, it’s leggings. Once a staple only in the gym or at an ‘80s costume party, leggings have recently made the leap into mainstream fashion and it seems they’re here to stay.

Leggings can be worn in many different ways, and tend to suit just about any fashion trend. There are countless fun and unique ways that you can incorporate leggings into your wardrobe, and make them part of your own signature style.

However, there are a few rules about leggings that will prevent you from appearing overexposed or as if you’re on your way to dance class. Leggings can be seamlessly integrated into almost any look, but they do have the potential to be a bit tricky to style. The “less is more” rule doesn’t necessarily apply here, and we’ll tell you why.

Leggings are Leggings

Think of your leggings not so much as pants, but more as an accessory. This type of premier fashion legwear lends itself more to layering than to any other style. Leggings can be paired with more varieties of tops, shoes and jackets than traditional pants can. This gives the wearer a great deal of freedom, and allows her to style her look in a multitude of ways. Get creative and have fun with your leggings.

Be sure to consider your body type when choosing the perfect pair of leggings. Those with short legs might want to consider solid, dark colors or a pair with a subtle vertical stripe that can make the legs appear longer. Taller women can typically pull off any color or print, but if your legs are thin, a bold print in a floral or geometric pattern can disguise that.

Dress Them Up, Dress Them Down

As is the case with any worthy fashion trend, leggings can be worn in multiple ways and for multiple occasions. Choose a pair of leggings in a dark hue or with a subtle print for the office. Pair these with a tunic top and a smart blazer, then slip some cute ballerina flats on for a polished, professional look. Tuck a sexy, sparkly top and a pair of pumps in your bag, and you’re perfectly prepared to glam up a bit for an after-work function.

Although spring is rapidly approaching, the nights are still chilly in many parts of the country. This means we’re not yet totally obligated to give up one of the best favorite leggings looks: a chunky cable knit sweater and riding boots. A long sweater in a light hue, such as ivory or pale beige, looks great with a pair of heavier leggings in brown or black. Combine these with a pair of knee-high riding boots for that classy equestrian style.

For casual looks, leggings are the perfect accessory. A pair of leggings in a bright, floral print combined with a simple T shirt in white or pink, and a pair of low top sneakers is an easy yet stylish look for a casual lunch or shopping with friends. To dress this look up a bit more, add a loose hip belt, some of your favorite jewelry and swap the kicks for cute sandals.

Choose Your Top Carefully

One very wise rule of thumb when wearing leggings is to put a great deal of care into choosing your top. Generally speaking, tops should be long enough to cover your behind. It’s for this reason that tunic style tops, long T shirts and tanks and menswear styles look so great with a pair of leggings.

The connection between skinny jeans and leggings is not lost here. For a jeans look without the weight, choose a pair of leggings that sports rivets and seams, and dress them up with ankle boots and a longer jacket. These pants-style leggings can be found in a wide range of fabric styles, from faux leather to khaki, and can be worn for all occasions.

When pairing leggings with dresses or skirts, it’s best to keep the skirt short. This can keep the style from looking too dated, and adds polish to your overall appearance. Choose ankle boots in suede or faux leather or a pair of classic flats to complete the look.

Whatever the occasion, leggings can be an integral part of your wardrobe. Just be sure to keep your look less like you’re going to the gym and more like you’re going out with friends. Follow these tips and your leggings look is sure to steal the show.


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