20 Style Tips On How To Wear Leggings

Leggings are THE BEST, all caps necessary. I don’t think there is a more comfortable piece of clothing than leggings. I also don’t think there is a more controversial piece of clothing than leggings, at least on Gurl.com. You guys either love leggings and think they should be worn every way possible, or you’re not that into them and firmly believe they are not a substitute for pants.

Maybe this is why “how to wear leggings” was one of the top Google fashion searches of 2014 – because nobody is sure of what’s appropriate and what isn’t. Here’s what I have to say about that: wear leggings however you want. If you’re comfortable showing off your butt in leggings, go for it. If you’re more comfortable with your butt covered up, go for that. Whatever is right for you!

No matter how you feel about leggings, though, I guarantee there is an outfit idea in here that you’ll love. Throw away your jeans and grab your favorite pair of leggings, because I think that’s all you’re going to want to wear after reading this post (okay, that’s drastic, don’t throw away your jeans. You’ll need them one day). Here are 20 style tips on how to wear leggings:

 

1. A long, open button-down shirt with boots and a scarf plus leggings make a great and super comfy outfit. 

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2. If you feel uncomfortable wearing leggings with a shorter shirt, just add a super long cardigan. 

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3. Spice things up by going for a pair of pleather or leather leggings.

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4. A long t-shirt and loose, long cardigan look perfect with leggings – this outfit is super comfy but still looks stylish and put-together.

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5. When you’re just running around, wear your leggings with sneakers and a graphic tee. It’s basically like wearing sweatpants.

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6. Layers like this can be bulky, which is why they look great with slim leggings. Add combat boots for some edge.

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7. A shirt that’s almost long enough to be a dress but is not quite there yet was basically made for leggings.

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8. Wear a pair of slightly cropped leggings with your favorite ankle boots.

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9. Leggings are warmer than tights, so sub them in on cold days! You can easily wear them under a mini skirt like this one. This is an especially great use of your leggings if they’re starting to get old and faded.

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10. A long poncho can be very bulky. Wear it with leggings instead of jeans to balance things out.

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11. Go for sequin leggings instead of regular plain ones. So much more fun! 

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12. Tunics that are longer in the back than the front are another great option for leggings. 

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13. Slightly cropped leggings, sneakers, and a sweater make your laziest day even more comfortable.

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14. Pair your leggings with a cute sweater dress and heels for a cozy winter outfit.

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15. Patterned leggings like these are so much fun, but can be hard to wear. Pair them with basic shirts like white, black or another solid color. 

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16. When you’re running around getting errands done, or just leaving the gym, throw on a denim jacket and sunglasses for an instant touch of glam. 

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17. Dress up your leggings with a statement necklace and a fitted blazer.

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18. A plaid shirt and leggings is a great combo. Add a faux fur vest for some glam. 

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19. Make your summer dress work for winter by wearing it with leggings, a scarf, boots and a jacket. 

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20. Layers are so slim-fitting that they allow you to add lots of layers. Pair leggings with a chambray shirt, a big sweater and a scarf.

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Which of these outfit ideas is your favorite? How do you wear your leggings? Tell me in the comments.

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  • Deb Kohl

    Great tips. Too bad I found this blog now with summer around the corner. Thx!
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  • Stephanie Hill

    I love this post! So many great ways to wear leggings. I think I LIVED in leggings all fall/winter of 2014. Ha ha. I definitely plan to showcase a few leggings looks on my blog soon, too. Stay tuned! (www.thehillsmd.com)

  • videojam

    I would recommend to always prefer loose tops with leggings. Long cardigans will also be fine. If you are wearing tight tops like in the 4th pic, then use a jacket. Also found some long shirts here – http://knolhub.com/7-hand-picked-long-shirts-to-wear-with-leggings Long check shirts are also in trend now (oct 2015), you know how fast the fashion changes 🙂

  • Mari Alvarez

    love most of these, but at 56 (a young 56 ), am I still too old for them?.

    • aj123

      No, go for it. Just skip short shirts and make sure your bum is covered. 🙂

  • AssHat900

    Why you no tips for men?

    • dyeretami

      if a man is wearing leggings chances are he already knows what to wear with them………….

      • AssHat900

        Your right, I do.

  • Love the fashion advice. I also love the pics. One of the best online shopping I like is http://www.wholesaleleggings.com where I can puchase fashionable items and are available for all seasons.

  • S Halliday

    This is a really good guide. I’d love the same for summer – with dressy white leggings in the summer, are flat sandals the best? What about a 1.5″ heel? Thanks