I’ve been getting dressed up on occasion for a bit of mood-boosting fashion, but often, I’m wearing many of the comfortable pieces in my closet on rotation. That means everything from my favorite sweatsuit sets to loungewear to leggings. More and more, I’ve seen that leggings are a mainstay in the wardrobes of fashion insiders and I’ve noticed all of the cool, sophisticated ways they’re wearing them, which has made me think about new ways I can style my own—and it seems like shoes are an interesting place to start.
When pairing shoes with leggings, they can really transform a basic pair of black leggings. Yep, if you’re wearing anything from athletic sneakers to knee-high boots to heels, there’s always a fashion-forward way to pull them off. Ahead, I’m highlighting 6 key shoes to own if you want to take your leggings beyond a workout and I promise you’ll never think about the closet staple the same way again.
Pictured: Jacquemus jacket; Bottega Veneta Quilted Leather Pumps $1100
Styling tip to borrow: Opt for a pair of split leggings, which have the look of tailored pants. Then, add a blazer, earrings, and chain bracelet for a sophisticated take on leggings.
Flat Knee-High Boots
Pictured: Prada jacket; Coccinelle bag; Ann Demeulemeester boots
Styling tip to borrow: Add a turtleneck and structured blazer to your leggings and flat knee-high boots to replicate this outfit. You probably have most of these pieces sitting in your closet already.
Pictured: The Row sweater; Totême leggings; Hunting Season bag
Styling tip to borrow: Keep things simple by pairing a loose sweater and cap with your leggings and sandals. This is the ultimate chic cozy look.