Leggings are not only super comfortable, but they are a fairly timeless fashion piece that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. When you look around, you might notice that some people pull off the leggings look much better than others. Pulling off the style has little to do with body type or even age, however. It’s knowing how to pull off leggings that’s important. If you know the rules of wearing leggings, you can pull them off at every age and body type.
There is such a thing as too-tight leggings, and there is also such a thing as too loose. Leggings should fit snugly without crumpling and falling, but should not be so tight that you can see skin or underwear through them. You should be able to pinch the fabric and pull it away from your skin, but not grab a big handful.
Leggings come in infinite patterns these days, and it is great to take advantage of the beautiful prints. As a general rule, pair patterned leggings with solid colors so the effect isn’t overwhelming. Also be aware of how some patterns change the look of the shape of your body, and if the pattern is very light your underwear might show through.
What to Wear With Leggings
The right clothing items with leggings can pull together the perfect outfit. These looks are especially perfect for fall.
Tunics: Long shirts, especially tunics with lower backs than fronts, are perfect for wearing with leggings. The back of the shirt or tunic should come down to cover the majority of your bottom, or come down well below it.
Long Sweaters: There is nothing more comfortable than a big sweater and a pair of leggings. Make this comfort outfit public friendly by choosing long sweaters. A sweater with a long, droopy neck looks especially good with leggings.
Dresses: Keep some of your dresses in rotation by pairing them with leggings instead of tights. It looks great and keeps you so much warmer.
Duster Cardigans: Duster cardigans are the clothing piece of the season this fall, and they are perfect for leggings. A long cardigan can also help make a shorter shirt appropriate with leggings.
Boots: A leggings outfit is just not complete without a pair of boots. Whether they are knee high riding boots or short ankle boots, this style just doesn’t stop.
Here are a few sample leggings outfits to help you model your own wardrobe:
- A pair of simple solid color leggings with a long white tunic. Top with a long solid color or print cardigan, coordinating scarf tied in front and riding boots.
- A short floral pattern dress with solid leggings and ankle boots. For cold weather, wear a trench coat or warm cardigan.
- Funky patterned leggings with a coordinating solid color long, off shoulder loose sweater and ankle boots.
- A mini dress or blouse and mini skirt with coordinating solid leggings and a long duster cardigan with ankle boots.
There is no such thing as a wrong age or body type to wear leggings if you know how to wear them. Use these rules, tips, and ideas to put together your own perfect outfits with leggings.