We'd Give Up Basic Black Leggings for These 6 Fresh Spring Trends

Okay, okay, clearly you can’t deny the power of the perfect pair of black leggings. After all, they're a classic staple at this point as a fashionable way to keep comfortable in your day-to-day. That said, there is actually a smattering of fresh legging trends that we’re particularly into as alternatives to basic black leggings. Because come on—variety is the spice of life, right? So we’re all about mixing it up from time to time.

Ahead, you’ll find the five forward spring trends we’d potentially give up our tried-and-true black leggings for at the moment. To showcase each look, we also rounded up celebrities that have already been wearing said trends for a little style inspiration. Keep scrolling for more, and shop the best leggings of the moment as well.

1. Printed Leggings


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On Emma Roberts: Outdoor Voices TechSweat 7/8 Flex Leggings ($75) and top; New Balance sneakers

"I'm not usually a fan of printed leggings, but Emma Roberts looks so cute in them, and I'm seriously torn. She's not the only one who wears them well, either. Sienna Miller and Jennifer Lopez hardly ever wear plain black leggings." — Allyson Payer, senior fashion editor

2. Split-Hem Leggings


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On Emily Ratajkowski: Wardrobe.NYC Leggings ($260); Commission Turtleneck ($230); Celine boots

"Black leggings are such a cornerstone in my closet that it takes a style so grabbing to make me want to update them, and, well, split hems are just that detail. Celebs like EmRata and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have been opting for the same pair from Wardrobe.NYC, even going for unexpected shoes like ankle boots with the leggings, but it works because the ankle slits add an elevated feel, and they end up looking more like sleek trousers." — Anna LaPlaca, associate editor

3. Green Leggings


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On Kaia Gerber: Alo Yoga High-Waist Airbrush Leggings ($82); The North Face jacket; Adidas x Ivy Park sneakers

"I'm not one to typically get too out-there with my athleticwear, but I seriously considered swapping my trusty black leggings for something in the hunter-green family when I saw this Kaia Gerber look." — Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour, senior market editor

4. Color-Blocked Leggings


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On Camila Cabello: Unseen Addiction Leggings ($99); Naked Wardrobe jacket; Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses ($154)

"The main reason I wear black leggings is to hide sweat, so any replacement has to do the same. That's why I'm into color-block leggings, which add a little oomph but are still super functional for me." — Erin Fitzpatrick, senior news editor


5. Leather Leggings


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On Hailey Bieber: Bottega Veneta coat; Balenciaga leggings; Amina Muaddi boots

"Leggings with a leather-like finish instantly make them read as more luxe. Throw on a black coat like Hailey Bieber, and it's the ultimate chic but comfortable weekend look." — Kristen Nichols, managing editor

6. White Leggings


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On Jennifer Lopez: Niyama Sol leggings; Brunello Cucinelli sweater; Max Mara bag; The Kooples sneakers

"I don't personally wear a lot of leggings, but I've been actually recommending white leggings to my friends when they want a cool, comfortable item to mix into their casual outfits." — Bobby Schuessler, senior market editor

Next, check out the best leggings to buy from Nordstrom right now.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.