Wearing Leggings Outside the Gym: Do’s And Don’ts

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Leggings are a fashion trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Check out most celebrities Instagram feeds, and you are guaranteed to find most of them rocking a pair of leggings. For a long time, the leggings were not appropriate outside the gym, but now they are a vital piece in every lady’s wardrobe. They are versatile enough to be worn for date night, for a weekend out, at the office and to brunch.

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They are comfortable and fun to wear. However, remember leggings are not pants. To get a cool, fun and glamorous look from them, you must pair them right. There are some styling guidelines must follow if you want to rock your leggings to different occasions without looking ridiculous.

Do not wear leggings in bold fabrics. Try suede, velvet or faux leather for a statement look. Leather leggings are a chic outfit you can wear to work, but only if you pair it right. They become polished if you match them with chic and work-worthy accessories like a knit sweater, an animal print or camel coat. They give you a sophisticated look to walk into any non-conservative office. Make sure they aren’t too thin and resemble leather pants more than athletic wear. If wearing the leggings to an office, pair them off with a fitted blazer or a three-quarter length coat, a silk blouse and an expensive leather bag. This look is, however, only for a casual office that appreciates creative dressing.

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For the cold months, pair the leggings with a dress to keep warm. The leggings should not be thick. They should be sheer thin tights so that it doesn’t look like you are trying to hide something. For a chic but simple look, pair a black legging with comfortable ankle boots, a casual sweater or a long tunic belted at the waistline (choose a neutral or complementary color for the belt), and your lovely bag. This look is perfect for shopping, coffee date, meeting the in-laws and brunch. Please do not pair your leggings with a crop top or a t-shirt, unless you headed to the gym.

If you want your gym outfit to look glam, then you can pair it with a waterfall cardigan, a big scarf or blanket style coat. Finish off the look with some sneakers and your hair on a ponytail. This look will work for you as you go to the gym and back home. Your gym leggings can also look chic and fashion forward if you pair colorful printed leggings with a flowing coat that almost matches the colors. You can head out for shopping or to a party in this look.

Avoid wearing neon or print colored leggings. They are only fit for a Halloween party. Also make sure that if you wear the leggings with a shirt, they cover your butt. A blazer will also work where you pair the leggings with a light jacket with longer silhouettes. The look will be elegant and ensure full coverage. The blazer should stay on unless the underlayer covers your butt. A lightweight jacket is therefore ideal even for the hot weather.

Your hairstyle and accessories can make or break an outfit. Make them count if you want to wear leggings for a busy weekend. Pair a black pair of leggings with a graphic or plain white t-shirt. Layer this with a black leather motorcycle jacket or fitted bomber jacket. Accessorize with red lipstick, a red bag, a faux-fur scarf, black ankle boots, and a topknot hairstyle to complement the sophisticated look. You have a perfect look for that art gallery opening or brunch with some friends.
If looking for an alluring comfortable look on date night, then pair your black leggings with a satin sleeveless top. Accessorize carefully to either dress the look up or down depending on the type of date.

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Do not just layer your leggings with anything. Ill-fitting t-shirts or baggy clothes will give you a disheveled and frumpy look. Before you leave the house, make sure to pair your leggings with the right outfit. This way you will be comfortable without compromising on style.

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