6 Outfits That Make Leggings Look Really Good

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Leggings are one of the most versatile pieces in your closet. Sometimes, they walk and talk like pants, and others they make like a clever (and cozy) layering alternative to tights. Their comfort levels are pretty off-the-charts, too. This is all to say that it’s time to ditch the tan-colored Uggs you’ve been (maybe exclusively) styling leggings with since ’04. For inspiration,  e’re looking to Fashion folk who’ve imagined tons of fresh ways to wear this everything item, which includes branching out beyond the standard, black-jersey variety. The six outfits to follow are comfy, fashionable, and don’t fall into old habits. 


To balance out the proportions of this shirt’s ultramodern silhouette, keep the rest of your look fitted. Here, we went with printed leggings and a cropped leather jacket.

Gerard Darel White Shirt, $227.52, available at John Lewis; Zara Leggings with Elastic Waist, $49.90, available at Zara; 3.1 Phillip LimCropped Speckled Leather Biker Jacket, $678, available at The Outnet; Dana BronfmanSterling Silver Mismatched Pyramid & Triangle Studs, $90, available at Dana Bronfman; MillySienna Stud Crossbody Mini, $245, available at Milly; MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela Slip On Sneakers, $365, available at Shopbop.


Black turtleneck, black vegan-leather leggings, black sunglasses — do you notice a theme? While you may have a tendency to wear outfits devoid of color, you should make an exception for this coat, clutch, and pair of oxfords.

MSGM Wool Blend Colorblock Coat with Stole, $687, available at Stylebop; Uniqlo Heattech Turtle Neck, $9.90, available at Uniqlo; Rachel Comey Rhea Oxfords, $391, available at Madewell; BLANKNYC Vegan Leather Leggings, $88, available at Madewell; Quay Australia The Boys Club, $45, available at Quay Australia; Clare V. Foldover Clutch, $220, available at Clare V.


Leggings needn’t always be black. Gray and brown are still understated colors but different enough from the norm to really make an impact. Our favorite way to accessorize ’em is with simple ankle boots and an oversized sweater.

Wilfred Free Lin Sweater, $155, available at Aritzia; Marc Jacobs Stretch-Leggings, $259, available at mytheresa; Tsatsas The Fluke Bag, $1150, available at Roztayger; Hortense Jewelry Paper Clip Earrings, $305, available at Hortense Jewelry; New Kid Penny Teaser in Black, $154.99, available at Need Supply Co.


Go bold with your workout gear. After all, when else can one get away with mustard-yellow leggings? The key is to keep the rest of your palette modest.

Community Ethico Hoodie, $29.99, available at Aritzia; VPL X-Curvate Legging, $138, available at Intermix; Live The ProcessStretch-Jersey Sports Bra, $80, available at NET-A-PORTER; Cote&Ciel Isar Rucksack Coral, $254, available at Cote&Ciel; New Balance Tie Dye 410, $59.99, available at New Balance.


You can style these faux leather leggings any number of ways. Layered under a shirtdress is a sneaky way to work them into your office attire — and add some edge to your 9-to-5.

Alexander Wang Blue Cotton Shirtdress, $475, available at Shop Bazaar; Topshop Sleeveless Ponte Jacket, $80, available at Topshop; Wilfred Free Daria Legging, $135, available at Aritzia; Lady Grey Double Lattice Ring in Gold, $190, available at Lady Grey; Tibi Kern Loafers, $115.50, available at Tibi; Furla Mini Satchel Myrtle, $398, available at Furla.


Here, we dressed up our sporty pieces for brunch with the simple addition of a crisp blazer. The finished product is as easy and comfortable an outfit as they come. Our advice? Just do it.

New Look Grey Crepe Blazer, $16.68, available at New Look; J.Crew Vintage Cotton Scoopneck Tee, $29.50, available at J.Crew; Nike Printed Reflective Stretch-Jersey Leggings, $150, available at NET-A-PORTER; Acne Studios Olov Terrazzo Blue Bag, $228, available at Acne Studios; Ostwald HelgasonBaseball Cap with Badge in Black, $77, available at Stylebop; Vince Nina Perforated Leather Flat, $350, available at Vince.

Photographed by Chritian Styleograph.

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