In recent years, leggings have attracted a lot of love, a lot of controversy and definitely a lot of attention. But the truth of the matter is, part of what makes leggings most alluring to the wearer is that they are like sneaky pajamas. Heavier than tights and softer than jeans, leggings are flexible, incredibly comfortable, and surprisingly diverse. Leggings aren’t just for study sessions in baggy hoodies and frockets—reinvent this basic staple with elegant tops and statement embellishments.
1. Oversized Sweater
After rising from the ashes of 80s oversized sweater glory, leggings have fast become one of today’s staples. Bring them back to their roots with an updated version of the look with a chic color block sweater and accessories in rich pops of color.
There is no surer way to transform a casual basic than by adding a classic blazer. Try one that’s sleek and modern like this one or one that’s more traditional and structured. Fierce boots and statement jewelry make the ensemble put-together, yet playful.
Since leggings are a sort of tights-pants hybrid, continue the trend by pairing them with another fashion mutant—the shirtdress. Black and white are instantly sophisticated while a single pop of color accents the minimalist look.
Experiment with cut and shape by pairing high waisted leggings with a slim crop top and a flowy kimono.
If you’re ready to take your legging experimentation to expert level, try a them in a pattern like this velvet baroque pair. Deeper colors are fun, without looking garish or juvenile, while basic black keeps things from looking too busy.