I Live in Leggings Come January—6 Elevated Outfits I’ll Rely on This Month

If you can’t figure out what to wear right now, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Many of us are feeling the same way, especially since the New Year often gets us thinking about our wardrobe, fresh outfit inspo and ways in which we might be experimenting with our style. Plus, we're all experiencing the post-Christmas slump, meaning getting up and dressed feels pretty tricky and the last thing I want to do is put on a dress or jeans. It’s during these times that I like to turn to my most reliable outfits, which help me look effortlessly chic and feel my best, no matter the weather.

When in doubt, simple and effective is my motto, and recently, the look I’ve been reaching for over and over is a classic blazer-and-legging combo. It’s comfy thanks to the leggings and polished thanks to the blazer—a piece that just so happens to also be the perfect transitional layer. So really, it’s a win-win, and the best part is that this pairing can be reimagined in so many different ways to keep it feeling fresh all January long.

Below, I’ve found six blazer-and-legging looks that feel especially current. They range from celebrity-inspired to influencer-approved, but they all involve minimalist (read: easy to style) formulas that you can throw on in the morning and still look as pulled-together in by the end of the day.


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Whether you prefer boots, heels or flat shoes; tweed, classic or leather blazers; stirrup, split-hem or standard leggings, there’s outfit inspo here to suit everyone’s taste. (You can even put some of these outfits together with pieces you already own.) Plus, each outfit can take you from meetings to after-work drinks with hardly any effort.

Keep scrolling to see just how versatile this outfit combo can be. You can also shop each outfit in case you spot anything you’d like to copy!

1. Camel Blazer + Ankle Boots


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Style Notes: Camel and black is a timeless combination, as demonstrated by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I love the juxtaposition between the boxy blazer and the ultra-tight leggings.


2. White Blazer + Ankle Boots


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Style Notes: If you tend to feel frumpy in relaxed silhouettes, opt for a belted blazer to cinch you in at the waist.


3. Tweed Blazer + Mules


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Style Notes: We're calling it—tweed jackets are going to be huge this year. Again! Dress down this preppy style with a pair of basic black leggings and understated mules.


4. Black Blazer + Breton Knit + Ballet Pumps


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Style Notes: Winter is all about layering, so this consider slinging a striped knit over your shoulders in case the chill hits. Then, balance out the boyish fit of your blazer with a pair of dainty ballet flats.


5. White Blazer + Mini Bag + Stilettos


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Style Notes: Take note from Marilyn and have some fun with proportions; a micro bag and pointed stilettos are unexpected additions to a blazer-and-leggings look, but we think it all works flawlessly.


6. Tonal Blazer + White Heels


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Style Notes: We're all for tonal outfits, especially as we head into January. Pair similar neutrals (such as beige with camel) together for a cohesive look.


Up Next: What to Wear in January When You're Completely Bored of Your Wardrobe

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.