Ah, leggings. Probably the most divisive item of clothing in the fashion world. Some people love to hate on leggings, saying they’re a lazy choice, unflattering and (gasp) boring.
Legging-lovers (us) rightly recognise the magical ability that leggings have to blend comfort and style, like some kind of incredible fashion wizard.
BUT, we admit, sometimes leggings can be like that piece of spinach in your teeth that everyone around you is too embarrassed to tell you about. Often you don’t realise how see-through they are and everyone can see your underwear. Sometimes things can get awkward when they hug your crotch area a little too tightly.
We want you to be comfortable and look fabulous, so we’ve put together a handy guide on how to wear leggings, without committing a fashion faux pas.
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Leggings are not pants
If no other rule sticks in your mind, let this be the one you remember on how to wear leggings.
So we repeat: leggings are not pants. The fabric that leggings are made from is just too thin. We just want you to look amazing, and almost no one looks amazing wearing leggings as pants.
Here’s why: leggings are closer in fabric to tights than pants. Two things happen when you wear leggings as pants: 1) You could very well end up exposing your bum or underwear to the world; 2) They do not offer the same support to your body that pants do, so every bulge, lump or bump is exposed.
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Don’t wear short tops
The reason for this rests in the first point. Since leggings are not pants, it’s important to always think longer tops. These will cover your bum and make sure no one can see the spinach in your teeth (so to speak). Wearing longer tops will give you a more streamlined, sophisticated look — so you can totally wear those comfy leggings to work.
Avoid bright colours or shiny fabrics
Brightly coloured and shiny leggings are everywhere, we know. But trust us, this is not a good look. Unless you’re headed to the gym or a yoga class, we suggest sticking to neutral, dark colours. Dark colours will help flatter lumps and bumps, and elongate your silhouette.
Whatever you do, don’t wear leggings that are the same colour as your skin — this can make it look like you aren’t wearing anything on your lower half at all.
Stay away from tight tops
Layering is key when you’re thinking about how to wear leggings. When you’re putting an outfit together, think about creating a long silhouette with your top. Wearing something tight on the bottom and on the top is hardly ever flattering, and this rule applies to leggings too.
Opt for flowing tops and long-line blazers. These will help draw the eye up, making you look longer and leaner. If you do wear a tight top with your leggings, pair it with a kimono jacket, button-up shirt or long-length cardigan.
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Think carefully about footwear
Most people forget about this, but we think it’s a crucial part of knowing how to wear leggings (and making your leggings look more chic). Because they generally sit right above the ankle, the wrong pair of shoes can leave you looking bulky and shorter.
In summer, a stunning pair of heels will keep your leggings looking stylish. For longer-looking legs in winter, try wearing ankle boots, or better yet, knee-length boots that will elongate your legs. For added length, wear a similar shade of shoes and leggings.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise
If you’re looking for an easy way to glam up your leggings, choosing the right accessories is one of the best ways to do it. Now’s the time to wear that statement necklace and fancy handbag!
Now that you’re armed with all the info you need to wear your leggings the right way, go forth into the world and show everyone you see how to wear leggings and still look stylish!
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