Not Sure What to Wear with Leggings? Here Are 15 Stylish Ideas
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Not Sure What to Wear with Leggings? Here Are 15 Stylish Ideas

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While we refute the idea that leggings shouldn’t be worn beyond the confines of one’s own apartment, the age-old question of what to wear with leggings remains. On the one hand, you could go the athleisure route and pair them with sneakers and a sporty bomber. On the other, you could dress them up for brunch or even work (yes, really) with some strategic layering.

They may not qualify as pants, per se, but they can sub in for skinny jeans on certain occasions when comfort is key – when getting on a five-hour flight, say, or running out of the house on a chilly Friday morning. For fall, you can’t go wrong layering a cozy, oversized sweater over a pair of black leggings, whether they’re leather, waxed cotton, or basic stretch spandex. Mesh-paneled styles have more of an athletic feel, so you may want to stick to wearing those on weekends with hoodies, bombers, and tees (or even crop tops, if you want to crib Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner‘s look).

As far as footwear, ankle boots and sneakers are both easy options, or you could reach for high-heel sandals or pumps if you’re aiming for a dressier vibe.

Below, see 15 outfit ideas you can steal to wear your leggings out of the house this season.

Pair with a Printed Sweater

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The funkier and brighter the sweater, the better.

Pair with a Black Coat

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If you have leggings that stand out on their own, like the ones pictured here, keep the rest of the outfit pretty minimal.

Pair with a Long Coat

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Throw on some sneakers for a more laid-back look.

Pair with Combat Boots

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Opt for an all-black ensemble.

Pair with Pumps

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Assa Cisse of My Curves and Curls keeps it casual chic.

Pair with an Oversized Sweater

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The white Converse add a nice touch.

Pair with a Long, Vintage Tee

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Gigi Hadid pulls off this layered look perfectly.

Pair with a Colorful Jacket

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A pop of color is always on-trend.

Pair with a Cropped Sweater

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s rocking the athleisure look.

Pair with Long Boots

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The scarf, the long jacket, and the boots: We’re all about this look.

Pair with a Jean Jacket

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Kylie Jenner keeps the outfit mostly monochromatic and tops it all off with a white jacket.

Pair with an Extra-Long Jacket

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The longer the jacket and layers, the more you’re able to minimize the fact you’re wearing leggings.

Pair with Sneakers

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Where can we get Kendall Jenner’s print jacket?

Pair with a Bomber Jacket

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Model Nadia Aboulhosn knows a thing or two about keeping it casual-cool.

Pair with Bright Kicks

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Olivia Palermo isn’t afraid to mix textures, prints, and colors.


A version of this article was originally published in August 2013.

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