6 Pairs of "Fancy" Leggings Everyone's Wearing as Pants

Ah, the classic leggings-as-pants debate. I don't want to get into it with you, but I personally am not a huge fan of the idea of wearing plain black leggings that you also wear to the gym as real pants. If you enjoy the idea, then I salute you—it's just something I don't exercise in my own life. However, as of late, I've been spotting editors and influencers alike wearing a handful of legging styles that are still leggings in nature, but that you could never wear to the gym. I was intrigued. Would I finally be able to put a cease and desist order on my long-standing legging-and-pant debate? 

I decided to look into the styles I had been seeing on the streets, and what I discovered pleased me. I am proud to introduce to you today "fancy" leggings. There are six styles I have been taking note of that even I am planning on adding to my pant collection due to their sleek nature. When it comes to the popular new legging trends ahead, each has some sort of detail that clearly identifies them as pants, not gym clothes. Go on and scroll down to see what I mean, and shop some of the best versions on the market for yourself below. 

Split Hems

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Split-hem leggings are the chicest of the bunch if you ask me. That slight flare at the bottom makes you feel like you're wearing "normal" trousers as opposed to a plain black pair of workout leggings.

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Believe it or not, pedal pushers have pushed their way back into the world and, soon, into your closets. Thanks to some of the most prominent trendsetters like Emili Sindlev, we already have a few styling ideas to get us going. 

Faux Leather

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Faux-leather leggings are nothing new, but thanks to recent street style proof, it's clear that they are now top of mind for many. Style them with big blazers, chunky shoes, and edgy accessories for a look that will read more leather and less leggings. 

Stirrups

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Once you get over the fact that this woman is wearing not one but two Chanel bags, you will notice that you're kind of really into the way she styled her stirrup leggings with a low heel and a sleek blazer. Take her advice and buy one of the pairs below.

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Printed leggings finally feel fresh again, and the street style crowd has already taken a major liking to the loud iterations. From leopard print to obscure stripes, we have a feeling bold limbs are in your future. 

Zip Hems

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Similar to the split-hem trend, zip-hem leggings are trending in the same vein. The detail, although subtle, once again makes the leggings look more like an intentional decision as opposed to trying to make your workout pants work as real pants.

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