Although leggings are for casual and comfortable wearing, pulling off the whole outfit with leggings together is not easy. Leggings are tricky, because they are not pants and they are not tights, so there are some rules which apply particularly to what to wear with leggings. If leggings are not worn with proper pieces of clothing, the whole look can end up being lazy and sloppy. I have done some serious research, and I will gladly share the dos and don’ts of wearing leggings.
#1: Wear leggings with short dresses. Leggings can be our best friends, when we want to wear short dresses, but we are hesitating. Here when leggings can come really handy, because they can be very flattering to our legs, and any short dress is not as revealing anymore when combined with leggings. Leggings will compliment a kaftan dress, as it is demonstrated in this set. Although for illustration purposes I used the black leggings for all five looks, I believe that dark navy leggings would work as well in this set.
#2: Wear leggings with long shirts. Just because leggings are considered the “sisters” of tights, it does not mean that they can be worn with dresses only. Leggings can be worn with long shirts. The crucial rule of wearing leggings is to always wear a top that covers your butt and goes slightly further. In this particular set, leggings are combined with long white shirt, and the bright accessories of warm color make the look dressy and elegant.
#3: Do not wear leggings as jeans. Although there is a great similarity between skinny jeans and leggings, it is very inappropriate to wear leggings with short tops. In this set leggings are combined with long top and white denim jacket. It is important that the top is long enough to pass the buttocks. The denim jacket, the bag, the hat and this particular top all create the “rodeo” look.
#4: Wear leggings with denim. Here is another example of how leggings can be worn with denim jacket. The bright color necklace, as well as flats and big purse make the look summery and fresh. At the same time this look is super comfortable.
#5: Wear leggings with long cardigan. Long cardigans are great for wearing with leggings. You can also add a thin belt to the outfit to accentuate your waistline. Personally, I love the presence of turquoise color in this set. I believe that brown or beige leggings would look even better here. The golden color bracelet and the bag, which features three colors, complete the outfit by making it sophisticated. The platform ankle boots go really well with this particular outfit. As a rule of thumb, flats are very appropriate to wear with leggings. If you decide to wear leggings with heels, be careful not to look too 80s. By the way, no-heels high boots are also great for wearing with leggings.
When shopping for leggings, do not limit yourself to black color; dark navy, beige and brown leggings can be as versatile, if not more, than black ones. There are so many choices available when it comes to buying leggings. I would strongly suggest avoiding shiny fabrics. Also avoid wearing cropped leggings since they are not flattering for any legs, because they make the legs look shorter. If you are planning to wear leggings mostly with dresses, thin stretchy fabrics for leggings may be what you are looking for. Go with thicker and more luxurious-looking fabrics if you are combining leggings with tunics, long shirts and cardigans.
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