Given their formfitting silhouette, it's safe to say leggings come with a set of rules that exceeds those of other (read: more forgiving) articles of clothing. But given how comfortable and cool leggings have the potential of being, we'd say that putting a little extra thought into your legging look is worth the effort.
At this point, given the fact that the legging trend has been back with a vengeance for a couple of years now, we've grown accustomed to seeing celebrities out and about wearing them instead of pants. Save for a few bold exceptions, for the most part, legging-loving celebs repeatedly set stylish examples of how to pull off leggings, and it all depends on what you wear them with. That said, to achieve the most forward look, there are certain pieces that should definitely be skipped when donning the athleisure staple. Ready to become a legging styling master?
Read on to find out which seven things are the worst to avoid wearing with leggings, and what to wear instead!
Wear Instead: Tee + Jacket Tied Around the Waist
Due to VPL, bodysuits and leggings aren't a good combo. Instead, we love a short tank or tee paired with a jacket or sweater tied around the waist for a little extra coverage.
Wear Instead: Cool Outerwear
Although it's true that leggings can be dressed up or down, they're essentially an athleisure piece, making a fancy going-out top a poor choice. Instead, opt for an interesting outerwear piece, e.g., a duster jacket, denim jacket, bomber jacket, or leather jacket.
Shop the Look: Zara Printed Kimono ($129); Splendid Stretch-Jersey Leggings ($60).
HEELS AND FLIP-FLOPS
Wear Instead: Sneakers, Loafers, or Flat Boots
As we've said before, leggings are best suited for flat shoes (aside from flip-flops, which make them look sloppy), as heels can make them look a little too "sexy." But that doesn't mean you can only pair them with sneakers. Loafers, ballet flats, and flat ankle and over-the-knee boots are all fail-safe options.
On Elsa Hosk: Chanel bag; Victoria's Secret Sport leggings.
Dresses or Skirts
Wear Instead: An Oversize Sweater and Sweatshirt
While dresses and skirts over leggings was the go-to look in the mid-2000s, that ship has sailed. This time around, if it's coverage you're seeking, a long, oversize sweater or sweatshirt is a much more forward look.
Wear Instead: A Handbag
This one may sound a bit odd, but there's a reason celebrities never seem to carry a gym bag when they're going to the gym—an actual handbag is perhaps the easiest way to elevate leggings, making them streetwear-appropriate.
On Jessica Alba: Victor & Rolf bag; Beyond Yoga Essential Long Leggings ($84), Adidas x Stella McCartney sneakers.
Wear Instead: A Jacket Over It
Truth be told, plenty of celebrities pair their leggings with crop tops and even sports bras. But on most occasions, they throw a longer jacket on over the crop top, adding a little modesty to the look. If that's still outside of your comfort zone, skip the crop top and just wear the jacket.
Wear Instead: Subtle (or No) Jewelry
Just as going-out tops are too fancy for athleisure, statement jewelry will also look odd with leggings. If you feel naked without jewelry, stick with subtle, delicate pieces.
On Sara Sampaio: Victoria's Secret Sport leggings.
What's your vote for the number one thing to avoid wearing with leggings? Tell us in the comments!