Okay, so I already know upfront, I’m going to step on somes toes here. So, as you read this, keep in mind – THIS is my opinion, based on where I am in my life. If you feel some of these do’s and don’t’s aren’t for you, I’m good with that. Style is totally personal, so you need to do what works for you. I’m also probably going to get a few eye rolls and snickers because well, some of you out there are still living the lie that leggings are not pants. I’m here to tell you, otherwise. Leggings, when worn well, can be a great addition to your wardrobe. There are, however, do’s and don’t of leggings.
Pair your leggings with a loose top. Flowy tops that won’t cling are usually more flattering and will keep your outfit from looking cheap. Over-sized shirts, sweaters and jackets work well, just remember there is a difference between over-sized and too big.
Steer clear of wearing a fitted top with your leggings. The tight all over look is not very flattering for many. Unless you’re Sandy in Grease, it’s a tough look to pull off.
Wear flesh/skin toned or light colored leggings. Not only can they be mistaken for naked legs, they are unflattering and usually see through. Which is another DON’T that probably deserved a bullet point of it’s own. Be sure your leggings are thick enough to cover you and your unmentionables, as well. You might have really cute underwear, but we don’t want to see it. Before leaving home, always be sure to check for VPLs (visible panty lines) regardless of your outfit.
Cover your assets. When styling your leggings, tunic style shirts and shorter dresses are a great choice. I know I’m a bit conservative, but for me, if the top doesn’t cover where a zipper would be, I consider the shirt too short. I love leggings…heck, I wear them a lot and even sell leggings…but seriously, there are way too many gals running around with their nether regions on display.
Only wear solid leggings. I realize solids are much easier to pair with a top, but they are also less forgiving. There are so many pretty prints available and pattern mixing is super trendy, so there is no reason to only wear black leggings, these days. You don’t have to be bold and loud with your patterns. Try wearing leggings with dark backgrounds and small floral prints. Pair with a neutral color top, a denim jacket and a favorite pair of boots or wedges and you’ll add interest to an otherwise plain outfit.
Experiment with your shoes with leggings. Knee high boots or booties look great in the winter, your comfiest ballet flats are perfect in summer. (Find my favorite flats here.) Just make sure your shoes aren’t too bulky.
Forget there is a difference between casual and business wear. While I am a firm believer that leggings are pants, I also believe there are times when they might not be appropriate. I shy away from wearing leggings anywhere near a professional environment. I think they work well under a skirt or a dress, but not as a “replacement” for pants. Ask a (real life, successful business) professional and most will agree, leggings worn as pants are not office attire. I’m probably showing my age on this one, aren’t I? I will agree that it does depend on the work environment, so if you’re office is fine with leggings, than go for it. You gotta do you, Boo.
Wear leggings as a “base” and use layers to complete your look. It’s easy to get a little lazy when it comes to leggings. I mean, after all- one of the best things about them is how easy they are to wear. You can look pulled together (and still be comfy) by purposefully adding pieces to your outfit. Pair a tunic with your leggings and add a kimono, try an over-sized sweater and a cute denim jacket, or a long tee with a cable-knit cardigan and converse…there are endless options. An over-sized button down and black leggings makes for a cute outfit, but top your look off with a plaid scarf or a camo-inspired cargo jacket and you’ll look cute, girl! Don’t forget to add jewelry for a little bling.
Wear leggings that are too small. There’s no good reason for you to wear leggings that are so low cut or tight they exaggerate or create a “muffin top”. Plus, wearing leggings that don’t fit can make them see-through, which as discussed earlier, is never a good thing. The soft-stretch in leggings (find my favorites here) is one of the most magical things about these comfy clothes, don’t you think? When shopping remember, you get what you pay for. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more on a better grade product. You are worth investing in a great quality, perfect fit, just for you pair of leggings.
So, there you have it….my do’s and don’t’s for wearing leggings. . .Follow a few simple rules and whatever size, style or season you’re in, it’s a look you can totally pull off with confidence.
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