Cool, on-trend, and super stylish, leggings are a must-have fashion staple for fashion-forward women. We love leggings as much as anyone, but, as with any fashion staple, there are ways to wear them well knowing that leggings are not pants or tights. Looking for inspiration on how to style your leggings? Keep on reading to scoop some tricks from our street style stars.
When wearing leggings, keep in mind that length matters for where the leggings should fall just above the ankle as anything shorter instantly create a shorter silhouette by cutting you off at the shin. Also, consider your footwear to create a flattering silhouette and a taller frame. For a sleek, biker chic spin on leather leggings, wear it with a pair of chunky boots. For an elongated and seamless silhouette, try over-the-knee leather boots that extend your leg line, therefore, makes you look taller than you are. You may also go for ankle boots in the same color of your leggings for a flattering look.
Always remember the long tops rule when wearing your leggings. Though most rules in fashion can be broken by someone who knows what they are doing, but generally speaking, it’s much more flattering to pair leggings with a long top to cover your buttocks. This is a sharp and classy look, but still very comfortable. Tunics and button-down shirts can be great as long as they’re long enough to cover your front and rear. If you’re planning to wear your leggings alone, try to find ones that are as thick as “jeggings” so they give you a more compact look.
Wearing leggings with long or short dresses, as well as coats, has been spotted from street style stars. But, when wearing them with a dress, always consider the occasion. It’s best to avoid wearing leggings for a job interview, formal parties, wedding, or even meeting the parents for the first time. When you think your dresses are too short so you’ll wear leggings to give you more coverage, better opt for longer dresses than to wear the dress and leggings combination in a formal setting.
When wearing printed and graphic leggings, bold prints must be worn cautiously. As fun as they are, floral and abstract print leggings are really only flattering on long, lean legs. In fact, in the camera, this trend adds 10 pounds. So, better stick to muted and simple prints with dark colors for a slimming look. Also, sequin and metallic legging may look party-ready and glamorous but it can make you look heavier, especially if you’re curvy. If you’re bottom-heavy, better stick to basic color palette for ultimate utility and curve-appealing wear as darker leggings are more flattering on most bodies.
Indeed, leggings are a must-have fashion staple every woman should have. Wearing them appropriately and stylishly will give your street style some fashion-forward statement without going overboard.