December 6, 2016 - Easy Outfits, Style

The Grown Up’s Guide to Wearing Leggings

by Beth Roy

It’s that Leggings-Time-of-Year again.   We’ve hashed and rehashed the whole “leggings aren’t pants”  issue and I think we’re all clear on how not to wear leggings at our age.  In case you need a refresher though, here’s another post on the subject.  Or, for a visual, you can just head to your local high school to see what I’m talking about.  ‘Nuff said.

Today I want to focus on what does work with leggings.

The B.Styled 1-2-3 Leggings Formula:

1. The Leggings:

First of all, my favorite are the  Hue, Ultra WW wide waistband leggings.  They don’t pill and are totally opaque –you can’t see through them AT ALL (oh, so important).  I have them in black and charcoal and wear them a few times per week all fall and winter.

2.  The Shoes:

While the top you choose is probably the #1 priority, shoes are key too.  My personal opinion is that the most foolproof shoe to wear with leggings is a pair of tall boots – either flat riding boots or a pair with a medium, thick heel or wedge.  Booties can look cute too but it can be easy for them to look too clunky,  and I like them to be the same color as the leggings.  At the end of the day though, go ahead and wear whatever shoe you want  – but let’s skip the clogs ok?  And please, no hate mail on that one – it’s just my preference – wear what you want!

3.  The Top:

But,  (pardon the pun) the covering-up factor is one area I’m less flexible on — unless you’re a teen,  or you spend a zillion hours a week doing squats and lunges….In which case you’re probably not reading this anyway.

(*Clarification:  I have no issue whatsoever with wearing work out tights, or yoga pants, etc. without a long top when you’re working out or coming and going from the gym…I’m talking about “real” clothes here…)

Anyway, for the top, we want it  to be long enough –  without being a muumuu and without making us look like Maude  (and if you don’t get that reference, chances are you’re young enough to go ahead and wear leggings as pants).

The top should be simple and comfortable– and most importantly,  it needs to cover your nether-regions completely.

Here I’m wearing a Loft sweater tunic,  my go-to Hue leggings and my favorite slipper booties.  

I can work at home all day in this cozy outfit  – but still  #justgetdressed.

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On this particular day I had to run out to an appointment where I needed to look a little more polished – and had to lose the slippers;)

All I did was swap the cozy scarf for a necklace and add my wedge heel boots.

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(tip: wearing a long pendant necklace with your tunic/leggings combo is elongating, flattering and adds instant, easy chic).

Then I added a faux leather jacket.  Easy outfit transformation starting with the 1-2-3 Leggings Formula:

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Are you a fan of leggings or do you pass on them?  Do you remember Maude? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Now go #justgetdressed 😉

Cheers! 

Beth

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1 Comment

  • I love those leggins and have the same colors and they are worn on repeat. Love that last outfit with the leather jacket, so simple but put together.