5 Easy Legging and Sandal Outfits You'll Live in This Summer

It’s hard to believe, but there are days when wearing jeans or dresses isn’t all that appealing. So what else can you turn to when you want to feel comfortable, look chic and spend as little time as possible assembling your outfit? The answer is leggings. Hear me out. You might have gotten used to wearing them with your fluffiest slippers and knits over the past few months, but this summer, it’s time to revisit the wardrobe staple and rediscover the myriad ways in which you can wear it.

One of the easiest ways to elevate a pair of leggings is with a well-chosen pair of shoes. Seeing as it’s summer, let’s focus on sandals. Be they heeled or flat, sandals have the ability to make any outfit feel more polished, particularly in place of trainers or boots, and the humble legging is no different. In fact, I think legging-and-sandal outfits are one of the coolest things you can wear in the warmer months. You only need to consider what you might fancy styling them with. That, however, is where I come in.

Below, I’ve tracked down five impressive legging-and-sandal outfits that are perfect for summer 2024’s laid-back aesthetic. From heeled mules worn with matching shirts to thong-toe sandals and cardigans that are ideal for running errands in, scroll on to see the ensembles that’ll help you fall back in love with your leggings this season.

1. Oversized Blouse + Leggings + Velcro Sandals


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Style Notes: It’s likely because they share connotations with the gym and working out, but leggings often have a sport feel to them. This is no bad thing—in fact, why not iterate on the aesthetic by pairing them with some slider sandals. Then, like Lydia, simply add an oversized blouse in a silky texture to give it a glossy finish.

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2. Short-Sleeve Shirt + Split-Hem Leggings + Heeled Sandals


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Style Notes: Short-sleeve shirts are trending in a big way this season, and one of my favourite ways to wear them is with a tight-fitting bottom half, as it further enhances the boxy silhouette and will make bowling-style shirts feel sexier in the process. And what could be closer-fitting than leggings? A split-hem pair worn with heeled sandals, not unlike Savina’s, will bestow your look with a bit of glamour.

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3. Baby Tee + Cropped Leggings + Logo Mules


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Style Notes: Who said your leggings had to be full-length? A slightly shorter version will also look the stylish part and will make any legging-and-sandal outfit feel fresh again. Keep things simple with a classic baby tee. Then inject some personality into your ensemble by way of a pair of logo mules.

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4. Cardigan + Basket Bag + Cycling Shorts + Thong-Toe Sandals 


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Style Notes: Okay, okay, so these are cycling shorts, but my colleagues and I have concurred they fall into the legging category. To be honest, even if they didn’t, Belle’s low-key outfit of a buttoned-up cardigan, Loewe basket bag, black cycling shorts and white thong sandals is too good not to share (read: blatantly copy).

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5. Black Blazer + Blue Shirt + Stirrup Leggings


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Style Notes: Lois serves up so many excellent legging-and-sandals outfits I just had to showcase another exemplary option from her feed. Wearing black and baby blue together never fails to look premium, but pairing your leggings with an oversize blazer? Lois could host a TED Talk on expensive-looking outfits based on this one alone.

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

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.