35 Looks That Will Convince You to Wear Leggings Outside the Gym

Apr 16 2021 - 12:43pm

"Leggings aren't pants!" we've all heard people cry, but the truth is, that ship has very much sailed. Thanks to the continued popularity of athleisure, this trend is going nowhere, but thankfully, brands like Lululemon and Zella have put a big focus on making quality leggings [1] in fabrics that don't go see-through the moment you bend over. These classic leggings are comfortable, they're practical, and they're a staple in so many wardrobes. But how do you make them "fashion"? When it comes to the street style crowd [2], they pick unusual fabrics, opt for textures and details, or show skin where you wouldn't expect it. Whether they're piling on the layers and using them for warmth, or taking advantage of the ankle cutoff to show off the most amazing pairs of shoes, these looks prove that leggings belong in even the most high-fashion wardrobes. If you're ready to take the plunge, pick your perfect pair [3], then read on for some styling tips from the pros.

—Additional reporting by Allison Ingrum

Keep it Simple With Sneakers, a White Tee, and a Leather Jacket

Add a Cropped Top and a Camel Coat

Add Two-Tone Brogues and an Oversize Shirt

Layer Up Your Outerwear and Finish With Sneakers

Pick Panelled Leggings to Toughen Up a Feminine Blouse

Make Sporty Separates Sexy With White Ankle Boots

Dress Up Athleisure With Metallic Sandals

Add Heels, Gloves, and a Duster Coat

Belt Up Over a Pair of Glittery Leggings

Team Lace-Up Leggings With a Textured Black Coat

Add High Heels and a White Coat

Pick Metallic Leggings and Tie Up Your Top

Pick Leather-Look Leggings to Offset a Shearling Aviator Jacket

Layer Leggings Under a Short Skirt and Moto Jacket

Add a Rock Chick Tee and Snakeskin Boots

Pick Stirrup Pants and a Statement Belt

Show Off Statement Shoes and an Ornate Topper

Add a Utility Jacket and a Retro Tee

Turn Sportswear Into a Statement With a Floor-Skimming Coat

Crop Your Leggings and Layer Up With Shorts and Boots

Add Ankle Boots and a Longer Length Blazer

Pick a Bold Pattern and Match to Your Jacket

Keep It Casual With a Long Coat and Flats

Layer Under a Sweater Dress and Finish With Sock Boots

Layer Up Under Contrasting Fabrics to Keep Warm on Colder Days

Throw On a Teddy Coat and Your Favorite Sneakers

Pick Sneakers and a Striped Top

Channel a Business Casual Look With Loafers and a Blazer

Add Heels and a Bright Top

Pair Statement Leggings With a Statement Jacket

Continue Your Outfit's Color Scheme

Wear With a Dress and Heels

Upscale Your Athleisure With a Cropped Tweed Jacket

Pair With a Colorful Coat and Bag

Throw On Your Favorite Sweatshirt, Crew Socks, and Sneakers

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