Leggings as Pants? 3 Looks to Prove It’s a “Do”

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Has any article of clothing been as hotly contested as leggings? Somewhere between tights and skinny jeans exists this miracle of style and stretch, and yet no one can seem to agree quite the right way to wear these all-purpose bottoms. Well, let’s rephrase — some fashion lore says leggings are too close to tights to be worn without a dress, skirt, or shorts to top ’em. But we say “no way!” to this uncool rule and “yay!” to the leggings-as-pants phenomenon. Why? Take a peek at these outfit ideas and see for yourself!

Athlete Chic

The leggings-as-pants look often finds its fans in adventurous, active types looking for a cute alternative to sweat shorts and tear-aways. Whether you’re heading to morning yoga or walking up the street for frozen yogurt, you’ll assuredly look swell sporting solid leggings with a breezy hoodie over a casual tee. Aim for a top with a slightly longer length (think mid-hip, not dress length) to keep the silhouette carefree and fun. Speaking of fun, this look is easily jazzed up with delicate jewelry and sporty sneaks in a super cool pattern.

Weekend Wonder

One of the best feelings is waking up on a weekend with a full day of fun plans ahead of you. The challenge there lies in finding an outfit to keep you looking consistently cool (and and feeling comfy!) through all of ’em. Enter leggings-as-pants! Top patterned leggings with a flowy, tunic-like blouse — something with a sophisticated-looking fabric to balance the casual knit of your bottoms — then accessorize with your can’t-leave-home-without-’em boots, socks (to keep your feet happy through walks in the dog park and wandering window shopping), a fall beanie, and versatile layers, like a classic moto jacket. From upscale brunch to low-brow late-night movie watching, your leggings look will have you feeling fashionably on point.

Dinner Party Must-Do

Leggings? To a dinner party? Of course, mes amis! Pick a pair in a classy texture and hue (these ones are a rich, evergreen velvet), and no one will blink twice. How glamorous do these bottoms look alongside a button up and blazer, especially when worn with a shimmering statement necklace and heels? And listen, we can’t lie — when a second helping of holiday dinner is up for grabs, there’s no better friend than the stretch waist on this pretty pair!

+Leggings as pants, or… nah? Where do you fall in the debate?


About Anna

Anna's the kind of don't-take-yourself-too-seriously gal who can spend an evening at Monday Night Raw and then turn around and write about nail designs and glitter with just as much sincere, unadulterated delight. She's a firm believer in cats' ability to see ghosts, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the fact that if she wishes enough, she'll never have to iron again.

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3 Responses to Leggings as Pants? 3 Looks to Prove It’s a “Do”

  1. Amber 10/29/2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Very nice styling! The second look is definitely my favorite. I love wearing leggings. But I’m still a firm believer that if you’re wearing leggings as pants, your top needs to cover your bum!

    • Karen 11/04/2015 at 11:14 am #

      Agreed! I’m a fan of tunics and longer shirts with leggings, but I don’t feel comfortable showing everything off around my hips.

  2. Mary Mary 11/08/2015 at 12:33 am #

    While these models and outfits are cute, what about plus size, older women?

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