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How To Wear Leggings


How To Wear Leggings

Alyssa Walls

As always, you can scroll to the bottom for my "5 Min Takeaway" if you are short on time!

Lots of people think that leggings should not be worn as pants. While I tend to agree, it is only because of the way they are being worn. The key to wearing leggings is to make sure your top is long enough to cover your bum. Leggings are comfortable, very comfortable! And as a mom, sometimes I just want to live in them! Anyone with me?! Unfortunately, they are not as sturdy as a good pair of denim. They are soft and show off everything, including things others don't want to see! So please, cover that bum!

Leggings are also tight and fitted, so when styling them, think oversized! Pair oversized, looser tops for a more flattering look.

Okay. Since we have covered the basics, I've brought you five different ways for you to wear leggings. I styled most of these looks with my absolute favorite black leggings. They are an investment piece, but SO worth it. I've had mine for two years now and they are still in amazing condition. They are very flattering and comfortable! 

1.  Flannel & Boots

The easiest way to wear leggings and look put together is to throw on a flannel and some boots. Flannels are typically made longer so they are easy to just throw on without much thought. Personally, I love OTK (over the knee) boots, in case you didn't know that. But any tall boot would work. I love that this flannel has a cute split hem in the back. It just adds interest and makes it stand out from your typical flannel. I have to mention that my mom bought this top for herself and didn't like it on her, so she gave it to me. Shout out to her for such a cute find! I was even able to track it down for you guys, and its on sale! I've linked the exact top below, as well as some similar ones!

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2. T-shirt & Sneakers

Another super easy way to style them is with a t shirt and sneakers. The only catch with this one is finding a t shirt oversized/long enough to wear with leggings. Remember, the goal is to cover your rear! ;)  I like a simple white tee, it leaves your options open to have more fun with your leggings, sneakers, and accessories! Add a cute scarf and sneakers or wear some printed leggings to add interest. I love these purple/gray sneaks with the croc details, and these leggings are so pretty while still neutral enough for me!

These leggings came from Fabletics, an online subscription retailer that sells women's sportswear and accessories. Fabletics was started by the lovely Kate Hudson so you know there are tons of cute styles! These particular ones are no longer available, but I will link more fun ones at the bottom!

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3. Shawl or Cardigan


If you have a top that you want to wear with leggings but it's just too short or tight, throw on an oversized sweater, cardigan, or shawl! This gives you the length you need to make your leggings acceptable as pants, while adding interest to your look. Pair this look with boots or some cute ballet flats! 

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4. Oversized Sweater

You can find a lot of cute oversized sweaters, and being that they are comfy just like leggings, they make the perfect pair! You can pair this look with sneakers like the above look, but if you know me, I'll always go for a heel! I love the hem to this adorable sweater, you can preorder it in my boutique! I have also linked similar ones below, as well as my absolute favorite v neck sweater. I have it in gray and black and wear it alllllll the time. It is so soft!!

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5. Blouse & Pumps

Leggings can be dressed up, too! Pair some faux leather leggings with a blouse and pumps and you're ready for date night or that special event! You can dress up your simple black leggings too, I just love the added chic of some leather leggings! They take your outfit up a notch without any effort! That's always a win in my book.

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Contrary to popular belief, leggings can be pants. As long as they are worn correctly! Two rules of thumb to follow when styling leggings; 1. make sure your top is long enough to cover your bum!! Since leggings are generally softer and not as sturdy as denim, they tend to show everything. 2. Try to stick to a looser top. Leggings are tight and fitted, they will naturally look better with a looser fit top.

5 Ways to wear leggings :

1. A flannel button up, and over the knee boots.

2. An oversized tee shirt and sneakers.

3. A cardigan or shawl over a simple top with boots or flats

4. An oversized sweater and boots or sneakers

5. A long dressy blouse with faux leather leggings and pumps.