1. With plenty of layers.
Leather leggings aren’t going anywhere this fall, and look best when paired with lots of layers on top. Try throwing a patterned sweater on over a monochrome button-up, then putting on a utility jacket or oversized blazer. This look also works with plain black lycra legging, too.
2. With a basic button-down.
When it comes to leggings (leather or otherwise), the simplest route is to pair them with a slightly oversize solid button-down. Try to stick to a darker color legging (black being the most obvious choice) and contrasting them with a blouse in a white, pastel pink (this season’s It color), or another light tone. Throw on an oversized blazer and some oxfords to finish things off.
3. With a big chambray top.
Behind a classic button-down and a blazer, the loose-fitting chambray top is your next best choice for pairing with leggings. They key here is length: if it’s too short (i.e., hip-length), it’s going to look odd. Remember: leggings are not pants, so you shouldn’t wear tops with them that you’d wear with your favorite pair of tight jeans. The chambray should hit at mid-thigh or so.
4. With motorcycle boots.
One of the hardest things about wearing leggings is figuring out what to put on your feet, but when the weather cools down, it’s all about the boot. No platform sandals, no wedges, no stilettos. Leggings look chicest in the fall and winter, and really work best with a great pair of moto boots.
5. With a statement boot.
Perhaps the best way to dress up a pair of leggings, making them appropriate for Fashion Week or even just a nice dinner out, is to rock them with a pair of statement boots. The statement can be a fierce one, such as with these cow-print booties, or it can be a little more subtle: a chunky ankle or knee-high boot with a thick high heel will suffice just fine.
6. With an oversize coat.
Once the temps really start to drop, many people mistakenly rule out leggings from their wardrobes. But they can keep you warm if paired with a heavy, oversized coat. If fur’s not your thing, try a big pea coat.
7. With a long T-shirt or mini dress.
Gwen Stefani can wear just about anything and look chic, but her look is not reserved for celebs with rock star-level style. Instead of reaching for a generic tunic, try an extra-long T-shirt or mini dress in a vivid pattern, finished off with ankle boots.
8. With sparse embellishments.
The most common style mistake we gals make when trying to rock a pair of leggings is going for as many loud prints, embellishments, and cutouts as we can. If you simply must jazz up those stretch pants, go for something sparse and subtle.
9. With neutral prints.
Along the same lines as embellished leggings, if you simply have to have a pair with a pattern, avoid neon prints. Instead, try a pair of jeggings in a cool tribal or tie-dye motif fashioned with neutral colors. And make sure to pair ‘em with muted colors on top, too.
10. With socks.
Yes, you can wear leggings with socks! Just make sure you coordinate your them with the rest of your outfit. This example works well since she stuck with varying shades of tan with her black leggings and black booties.
/Posted by Meghan Blalock, on August 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm/
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