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How to Wear Leggings

Learn how to wear leggings and look fashionable with these tips.


  • Step 1: Choose shade Choose ankle-length, opaque, black, or dark-hued leggings to avoid looking like a fashion victim. There are lots of great fabrics and pattern choices, like lace, "wet look," or torn to personalize your look.
  • Step 2: Create balance Create balance by wearing loose fitting boyfriend-style t-shirts, flowing blouses, long sweaters, or roomy oxfords. Tight on top and tight on bottom looks trashy.
  • TIP: Remember – leggings aren't pants. Make sure your top is long enough to cover your hips.
  • Step 3: Wear with tunics Wear leggings with tunics for a casual, bohemian look. A colorful, printed top becomes the focus with a pair of simple black leggings.
  • Step 4: Pair with a dress Pair leggings with a dress, which can be fitted for a sleeker look, or with a voluminous skirt for a more casual vibe.
  • TIP: Cinch your dress with a skinny belt to create an elegant silhouette while elongating your legs.
  • Step 5: Top with a jacket Top your leggings with a jacket. Hip-length jackets are flattering, as are embellished jackets, like a fashionable military jacket.
  • Step 6: Slip on under a miniskirt Slip them on under a miniskirt. This not only looks fashionable and current but comes in handy if your miniskirt is a bit too short for you to feel comfortable in.
  • Step 7: Wear the right shoes Complement your leggings with the right shoes. Flats, boots, sling backs, and pumps always look great. The more fashion forward can opt for funky, high-heeled platform shoes.
  • FACT: Did you know? Spandex is a synthetic polymer introduced by DuPont in the late 1950s.

You Will Need

  • Ankle length
  • opaque
  • dark-hued leggings
  • Loose-fitting blouses
  • tops
  • and tees
  • A tunic
  • A dress
  • A jacket
  • A miniskirt
  • Flats
  • sandals
  • boots
  • or platform shoes
  • A belt (optional)

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