It’s been said that what goes around, comes around. The fact that leggings are making a return to fashion in a big way really brings that sentiment home.
If you (like me!) could excavate a few pairs from the back of your closet, resist the temptation to revive them. What’s changed? The fabrication, for starters. Thanks to better materials and better production, today’s leggings are of higher quality, befitting women of our age.
The trick is how to wear them.
Now, if you’ve been wearing leggings as your pant default for the last few years (no judgment), I’d like to gently remind you that the ones you’ve worn to your AM Pilates should be styled differently than the leggings you wear to, let’s say, meet a friend for lunch. When leggings are combined with the right extras, they can be worn for lots of occasions, from work to dinner out.
Tips for the Best Legging Selection:
For styling leggings in the daytime, I like to pair my leggings with a long, even oversized shirt or tunic, and, during the cooler months, pair the look with a shrunken vest as it reins in the volume on my petite frame and adds a bit of polish. My favorite shoe selections for daytime are a ballet flat, loafer, or a tall riding boot.
Leggings: Spanx ($78) or Commando ($108)
Shirt: Gap ($59.95) or Foxcroft ($79.49-$114)
Vest: Madewell ($88) or Eloquii ($89.95)
Shoes: Margaux ($225) or G.H. Bass ($175)
Makeup: Jones Road ($38)
Bracelets: Kate Spade ($48)
Glasses: Caddis ($99)
The key to executing the perfect work outfit with leggings is to create a style that’s sophisticated and polished. First, lean into layering—a blazer on top is perfect. Second, keep your look monochromatic, which reads modern. And last but not least, choose leggings that have elevated details like a proper waistband, finished hemlines, and style details like a down-the-front seam.
Leggings: Spanx ($98)
Shirt: Spanx ($84)
Blazer: Zara ($119)
Chunky Loafer: Franco Sarto ($99)
Earrings: Argento Vivo Sterling Silver ($12.98)
Bracelets: Anthropologie ($20)
Lipstick: Flyte70 ($32)
Purse: Kurt Geiger London ($129.97)
This is the perfect opportunity to try leggings in a dressier fabric—leather, pleather, patent—and lean into a little glamor. I like pairing mine with a pretty blouse (sheer, metallic threading, lace). Personally, I love the look of a chunky pump, but you can also pair leggings with an embellished flat, a mule, or a suede-heeled bootie. Last but not least, have some fun with your jewelry—a bold hoop earring would be great.
Leggings: Good American ($120) or Commando ($118)
Lace Blouse: White House Black Market ($78) or Eloquii ($34.99)
Booties: Sam Edelman ($98.95) or DSW ($69.98)
Lipstick: Ilia ($28)
Rings: Ettika ($60)
Earrings: Kendra Scott ($75)
Nothing beats the ease and comfort of leggings when it comes to a long flight, and they also make getting through security a breeze. The key is to avoid a shlumpy look and also choose pieces you’d happily wear once you reach your destination. Layers that have structure and solid, neutral colors should be your jam. Avoid coated leggings or pleather and go for breathable cotton blends.
Leggings: Old Navy ($34.99)
Denim Shirt: Banana Republic ($45) or Roaman’s ($47.99) or Frank & Eileen ($278)
T-Shirt: Sanctuary ($49)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($72)
Sneakers: Sans Matin ($195) or Madewell ($88)
Glasses: Caddis ($99)
Necklace: Aureum ($177)
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