Lauren Conrad's Rules for Wearing Leggings Outside the Gym

We’re all familiar with the legging controversy: Are they or aren’t they considered pants? I’m here to tell you that while I’m a fan of the look, pulling off leggings in a fashion-forward way is a bit tricky, but not impossible. Leggings, like most trends, can look great if done tastefully. I personally love to throw on a pair of leggings if I have to run errands, take a long flight, or when I’m doing something active. If you’re stumped on how to pull off the legging look, I’ve put together a few simple rules to help you decide when and where it’s appropriate to flaunt your favorite pair. Here are some conditions that I think we should go over…

Leggings do not always qualify as a replacement for pants. Yes, you can choose to wear leggings to the airport (who wants to wear jeans on a five-hour flight?), the grocery store, and especially to the gym. But don’t think of pulling on your favorite pair for a day at the office. Walking into a meeting looking anything but formal or business casual is a big no-no. Shy away from wearing leggings anywhere near a professional environment. A relaxed, casual setting is the only place your leggings should make an appearance.

There’s nothing worse than a pair of leggings that feel like they’re suffocating you from the waist down. If they don’t fit like they’re supposed to, I suggest taking a trip to your nearest department store. I’m a fan of high-waisted and cropped leggings because I feel that they better suit my figure. Knowing your body and personal style will help make your shopping trip that much easier. Don’t be afraid to try them on until you find the perfect pair!

My motto for most things in life is to keep it simple. From my wardrobe to my home décor, I love pieces that make a statement without getting too loud or lost in translation. That being said, bright colors and bold patterns are absolutely welcome in the gym. When it comes to wearing your leggings as daywear, however, stick to more simple details such as zippers, bows, ripped knees, and other simple touches like these ones…

Believe it or not, leggings are some of my favorite pieces to style. Since they’re as versatile as it gets, it’s fun to layer on seasonal trends. Try pairing your leggings with a breezy, printed blouse on warmer days or with some fun gym shoes when you’re out and about. Leather and jean jackets are always a flattering option and can carry you into just about any season. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

How do you wear your leggings? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!

 XO, Lauren

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