Here’s How to Wear Leggings Like It's 2021
You’ve either got your favorite pair of leggings or you’re on the hunt for the perfect ones. Squat-proof designs that can do double duty as activewear. Pocketed varieties that hold your phone and keys. And leggings-and-tops sets in a rainbow of hues, natch. And since there’s always room for more ways to make an outfit out of these versatile wardrobe pieces, we’re bringing you some street style suggestions on more ways to love your leggings on those vacation jaunts and office visits and bistro dates you’ll be out and about on soon.
1. White Socks + Long Vest
Those pulled-up socks? That is all over street style blogs, and we’re not sure if it’s a guard against chilly ankles or a nod to athletic wear, but we’re feeling it. Ditto the long vest, a layer that not only keeps you cozy but is a great way to wear leggings without completely displaying your rear end.
Get the Look: Alo Yoga Ribbed High-Waist 7/8 Blissful Legging ($88); Lululemon Serene Travels Vest ($140; $69); Nike Performance Cushion Crew Socks with Band ($22); Cariuma Off-White Knit Ibi Sneaker ($98)
2. Floral Print + Wrap Dress
ICYMI, leggings are your wardrobe’s layering all-star—and they don’t just double for black jeans. Here, leggings get wild in a happy floral print under a silky midi dress that flows open when you stride. So wearing colorful tights underneath turns a possible “hello knickers” moment into a “wow, so cool” outfit reveal.
Get the Look: Viv Collection Women’s Popular Women’s Brushed High Waist Printed Fashion Leggings ($13); Standards and Practices Short Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress ($98); Standards and Practices Belted Blazer ($138)
3. Oversized White Jacket + Slide Loafers
White separates like a crisp jacked and accessories such as trending loafer mules, also in white, make your favorite black leggings look elegant.
4. Cropped Leggings + Blazer + Bright Clutch Bag
An eye-catching statement handbag and cropped leggings jolt this staid look into high-fashion territory, livening up the otherwise conservative look of a structured blazer.
5. Monochrome Set + Jacket
Match your leggings with a top (bonus trend points if you’re rocking a bit of exposed midriff) and a jacket that pulls the look together. Note: A lighter-hued colorway is going to make you feel that much more like your spring fling has started.
6. Patterned Leggings + Trench Coat
The “who me? Plan an outfit? Never!” insouciance of putting a wild pair of leggings on under a classic trench coat is just what we’re after. Although, we will plan this unstudied look out beforehand, probably.
7. Belted Sweater + Lug-Soled Boots
The traditional matching-belt-and-shoes gets a contemporary update with a corset-like belt and chunky ankle boots.
8. Stirrup Leggings + Heels
White leather heels really play up the electric purple of these leggings—and the bonus with stirrups is the leggings don’t bunch up as you walk.