All the Coolest Ways to Wear Your Leggings This Summer

You can’t ignore the power of athleisure and its core piece: leggings. The comfortable staple serves our wardrobes year-round and not simply for workouts. Leggings have proved themselves to be fashion-forward, too. Our favorite Instagramers have been spotted wearing them with everything from ribbed tank tops to poplin blouses. So now that the warmer temperatures are well on their way, you might be looking for some fresh outfit ideas on how to style your leggings this summer. With easy ensembles that’ll take you everywhere from the gym to brunch and more intentional outfits you could potentially wear to meetings or for a night out, there’s nowhere your leggings can’t go, except, perhaps, for those more formal occasions. If you need some inspiration, scroll below as we share our favorite effortlessly cool summer legging outfits to try this season.

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While you can never go wrong with staple black leggings, summer is the perfect time to experiment with lighter hues and fun patterns. Try a pastel pair with a slightly oversize graphic tee for a casual weekend look that’ll take you from cardio barre to brunch.

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Who said leggings need to be boring? Opt for a head-turning color in a capri length (bonus if they have chic detailing like a belt). Pair them with a fun oversize printed button-down and colorful accessories for one seriously chic summer outfit.

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Give your capri leggings an elevated look this summer by pairing them with a ribbed-knit tank and minimalist heels.

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For an easy and casual summer legging outfit, opt for a matching crop-top–and-legging set, and give it a cool-girl touch by adding sporty sandals and an oversize button-down.

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You can never go wrong with an oversize sweatshirt, which you can wear before, during, and after your workouts. Finish your look with a trending baseball cap and chunky sneakers.

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Nothing says free-spirited summer quite like tie-dye leggings. Pair them with a bright and bold crop top and sleek flats.

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Fashion girls are all about split-hem leggings this season, which exude a more dressed-up look. Pair them with a pretty, breezy cotton puff-sleeve blouse and sporty sandals for an effortless warm-weather look.

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Add instant polish to a pair of leggings with a classic oversize button-down and chic heeled sandals. Give your look extra polish with a statement belt.

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This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Up next, the eight coolest under-$100 tops to wear with your favorite leggings.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.