This Is Exactly How to Make Leggings Look Chic for a Night Out

Don't get me wrong—Who What Wear editors love leggings, but the last time we reached for them (and a going-out top) ahead of a night out was during that historical fashion era known as the early aughts: bubble hems, layered tanks, and statement necklaces. So many statement necklaces. So, while some of us are still debating whether or not to welcome low-rise jeans back into our closets, yours truly was surprised—and rather delighted—to see that there's another throwback staple reimaging as a stylish favorite: leggings

Sophie Turner Jonas turned heads when she wore a fitted Magda Butrym ensemble in fire-engine red to the unveiling of the Jonas Brothers' star on the Walk of Fame. The sophisticated, cropped wool jacket was embellished with rosettes and simultaneously contrasted and complemented the matching but much more casual-looking skinny pants (let's just call them leggings). It also paired perfectly with her red suede Manolo Blahnik pumps. Although Turner Jonas wore this outfit for a daytime event, we're earmarking it as a reference for a future night out. 

Just to be clear, this outfit works because it's loud. We wouldn't be as inspired if it were just black leggings paired with a black blazer and pumps, right? Don't forget that leggings come in every shade imaginable, so if red isn't your color, consider re-creating the look in a punchy pink, bright blue, or lime green. 

Ahead, shop Turner Jonas's head-to-toe red look, plus three similar outfits at varying price points. 

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On Sophie Turner: Magda Butrym and pants

Shop Sophie Turner Jonas's Red Outfit

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Browse Red Tops, Leggings, and Heels

Veronica Beard's jackets are so versatile. Just pair them with matching suit pants, dark wash denim, or yes, leggings.

Again, these might be leggings in disguise, but the front-facing seam adds a little something extra.

If you already own ALO leggings, then you already know.

These affordable pumps come in bright pink and green, too.

Zella leggings are an easy choice for re-creating Turner Jonas' look.