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The Grown Up’s Guide to Wearing Leggings

leggings10It’s that Leggings-Time-of-Year again.   We’ve hashed and rehashed the whole “leggings aren’t pants”  issue and I think we’re all clear on how not to wear leggings at our age.  In case you need a refresher though, here’s another post on the subject.  Or, for a visual,  you can just head to your local high school to see what I’m talking about.  ‘Nuff said.

Today I want to focus on what does work  with leggings.

 

The B.Styled 1-2-3 Leggings Formula:

  1.  The Leggings:

First of all, my favorite are the  Hue, Ultra WW wide waistband leggings.  They don’t pill and are totally opaque –you can’t see through them AT ALL (oh, so important).  I have them in black and charcoal and wear them a few times per week all fall and winter.

2.  The Shoes:

The top you choose is probably the #1 priority but shoes are key too.  My personal opinion is that the most foolproof shoe to wear with leggings is a pair of tall boots – either flat riding boots or a pair with a medium, thick heel or wedge.  Booties can look cute too but it can be easy for them to look too clunky,  and I like them to be the same color as the leggings.  At the end of the day though, go ahead and wear whatever shoe you want  – but let’s skip the clogs ok?  And please, no hate mail on that one – it’s just my preference – wear what you want!

3.  The Top:

But,  (pardon the pun) the covering-up factor is one area I’m less flexible on…unless you’re a teen,  or you spend a zillion hours a week doing squats and lunges….In which case you’re probably not reading this anyway.

(*Clarification:  I have no issue whatsoever with wearing work out tights, or yoga pants, etc. without a long top when you’re working out or coming and going from the gym…I’m talking about “real” clothes here…)

Anyway, for the top, we want it  to be long enough –  without being a muumuu and without making us look like Maude  (and if you don’t get that reference, chances are you’re young enough to go ahead and wear leggings as pants).

The top should be simple and comfortable– and most importantly,  it needs to cover your nether-regions completely.

Here I’m wearing a Loft sweater tunic,  my go-to Hue leggings and my favorite slipper booties.   I can work at home all day in this cozy outfit  – but still  #justgetdressed.

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On this particular day I had to run out to an appointment where I needed to look a little more polished – and had to lose the slippers;)

All I did was swap the cozy scarf for a necklace and add my wedge heel boots.

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(tip: wearing a long pendant necklace with your tunic/leggings combo is elongating, flattering and adds instant, easy chic).  

Then I to added a faux leather jacket.  Easy outfit transformation starting with the 1-2-3 Leggings Formula.
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(tip:  a fitted jacket adds flattering structure to your tunic/leggings combo)

Are you a fan of leggings or do you pass on them?  Do you remember Maude? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Now go #justgetdressed.

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What to Wear With Leggings

Today is Day 4 of the JUST GET DRESSED two week challenge, and it’s a leggings day.   Leggings are a fall staple for me, and ideal for other work-from-home-and-want-to-stay-in-our-pj’s-all-day types.  They can be a tricky look to pull off though and it ain’t pretty if it’s not done right…For a review, check out my Leggings are Not Pants post from a few week ago.

Over on the Facebook Page I’ve had a lot of questions  about where to find tops and sweaters that are long enough to wear with leggings, cover the lady parts, and still look good.  Let me tell you…it wasn’t easy to find many.  There are a lot of long cardigans out there that look great with leggings but it’s harder to find long enough pullovers and tops.

Here is a quick round-up of what I’ve found.  Unfortunately, most of the tops are pretty pricey, though the Nordstrom sweaters are a cashmere/wool blend and on sale are a pretty good deal.  I couldn’t find many at the more affordable retailers like Old Navy and Target, but I will keep an eye out and update you if I do.  If you see any, please share!  My personal favorites are the Halogen cashmere shirttail sweater from Nordstrom and the Anthropologie Konya tunic – LOVE.  Now, go get dressed;)

~Beth

How to Wear Leggings

 

It’s True, Leggings are NOT Pants

Not an original statement, I know.  I also know that most of you reading this are fully aware that leggings are fabulous, comfortable and great-looking, provided they are worn as leggings…not as pants.  I’ll be blunt here…They aren’t pants because unlike pants (even skinny jeans) with leggings you have to —- and I mean it here —you HAVE to cover your crotchal region when you wear leggings.  This is non-negotiable. A picture does indeed paint a thousand words, so here ya go:

leggingsarenotpants Even if you spend 1,000 hours a week doing squats, you can’t wear leggings like this.  You just can’t.

So how DO you wear leggings?  Think of the following elements: quality leggings, over sized tops, layers and boots.  That’s all you really need to remember.  And cover your crotchal region, please.

You may know I can be a fairly frugal shopper, but let me tell you something about leggings.  They are not all created equal (or equally for that matter;)  I’ve tried the leggings from Target and Old Navy and trust me, they are a mistake.  They are too thin and just look cheap and icky.  For a (very) small investment – under 40 bucks –  go out and get yourself the WORLD’S BEST leggings.  I have them in black and charcoal and they are worth every dime.  The thick waist band alone makes them a game changer, but overall they are just really. good. leggings.  Trust me on this one.  Or read the reviews.  Or read other bloggers. Or just buy them.

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Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings. Available at Nordstrom with free shipping and free returns.

What do I mean by “over sized tops”?  I’m not talking tents and mu-mus. I’m talking long cozy sweaters, long button downs, long t-shirts, long jackets.  I guess I’m talking long.  The top has to be long.  Why?  To cover the nether region, remember?

My favorite look with leggings is a layered look. A long base layer – i.e. t-shirt or button down, under a short layer – maybe a sweater or a blazer. This provides a flattering balance to the look that can be hard to achieve with just one long layer.

leggings1I also think leggings look best with tall boots.  And I love the idea of adding a boot sock poking out too.  Some girls can pull off leggings with flats, but I just never feel like it works for me.  Booties can look great  especially lace up ankle boots (love the look below).  But again, you can’t go wrong with tall riding boots.  What do you think of these looks?

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Thank you to Pinterest for all these pictures…I love all the outfits and think they all really nail the leggings look.  Do you have a favorite?  Let me  know!

xo, Beth