Performancing Metrics

11.04.2011

How to Wear Leggings

Shirt: Gap, Vest: Lit Boutique, Leggings: Kohl's, Boots: vintage Walter Steiger, Belt: H&M, Earrings: Toots & Magoo, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Cuff: c/o Ann Taylor
It seems like leggings are everywhere - they came back, and they stayed back. I admit, I was skeptical at first, but I've come to embrace leggings, styled properly and worn in the proper situation. I recently received a reader request asking for some ideas on how to wear the leggings / tall boots look, so I put together a few pointers!

The most essential factor is the leggings themselves. You want them to fit tightly, though not circulation-stifling. Conversely, avoid pairs that are too loose; it's not going to look good if they're slouching on your legs. 

Fabric is also important! If you can see your skin (even a little bit) through the leggings, then you should think of them as tights. And tights are not pants! I cannot stress this enough - when purchasing leggings, try them on, or at least put your hand inside the fabric so you can determine the thickness of the weave. Many cotton leggings are thick enough, but you can also look for leggings in wool, and, if you want to feel really luxurious, cashmere. 

Dress: thrifted, Sweater, swapped, Leggings: Kohl's, Boots: vintage Walter Steiger, Necklace: Shop Mamie, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Watch: Michael Kors
Once you've settled on leggings, it's time to style the rest of your outfit. Keep your tops long and somewhat loose; leggings and tanks or crop tops are for the gym only! If you pair them with a longer tee, add a scarf, sweater or jacket to keep the look from becoming too sloppy.

Leggings work well for layering - pair them with a dress that would otherwise be scandalously too short (like the photo above) for a look that is lesson in style, not anatomy.

A flat or low-heeled tall boot is perfect paired with leggings - it offers some coverage on the leg and helps balance out proportions. Ankle boots of varied heights can work, too, just make sure the legging is tucked in. I prefer to match the color of my legging to the color of my short boot. 

Like these tips? Want to get a great pair of leggings? Here are a few suggestions on where to purchase
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Shirt: Forever 21, Sweater: Ann Taylor, Leggings: Kohl's, Boots: vintage Walter Steiger, Necklace: Shop Calico, Necklace: Bridesmaid gift, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Watch: Michael Kors

How do you like to wear leggings? Have you found a great brand or style?

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