I Haven't Worn Leggings for 23 Years, But Now I'm Converted

Leggings are beloved by 4-year-olds, but by me, a grown woman? I've always been on the fence. As a child, I'd reluctantly be clad in floral leggings with what would prove to be my outfit's sartorial saving grace: an oversized terra-cotta T-shirt with Princess Jasmine and her tiger sidekick emblazoned on the front. Oh, how I loved that tee but oh, how I hated those leggings.

Fast-forward to the mid-2000s when I decided to sport a pair in fetching neon-blue leggings to attend an '80s-themed party. This proved to be a sensible colour choice as I'd proceed to spill my teenage tipple of choice (a WKD drink) all down myself not long into the evening.

Aside from when I actually make it across the gym threshold, this was the extent of my legging-wearing ways. At least it was until I was recently persuaded otherwise. This time, my mother had nothing to do with it. Instead, it's the women I continually look to for fashion inspiration who are making me reconsider leggings. Scroll down and you'll see why.

From off-duty cool to after-dark options, these ladies prove that leggings aren't just for the occasional (read: rarer than a lunar eclipse) spin class, nor should they be reserved for long-haul flights, either. Comfortable and—dare I say it—chic, these are the autumn leggings outfits I'm fully committing to.

POLISHED COMFORT

By coordinating a pair of patent heels to your top, you instantly pull your look together. Just add statement jewels and your leggings are instantly after-dark appropriate.

This knit will also look the autumnal part with a leather miniskirt and black opaques.

Is there an easier way to finish off a look than with statement gold earrings? We think not.

Split-hem leggings always look flattering on all frames. 

We challenge you to find a sexier pair of kitten heels. 

CAMO COOL

Whether you're hitting the shops or the shakshuka, add a camouflage jacket and white kicks to your trusty leggings for the perfect off-duty ensemble.

Give any outfit an edgy overhaul with a camo cover-up. 

Khaki always makes for a cool alternative to black leggings. 

Tinted sunnies are ideal for nailing autumn's relaxed '70s trend. 

Reeboks are poised to make a huge comeback this season. 

PLAY DRESS UP

Take your favourite, split-front dress and sling it over your leggings. Not only will it keep the winter chill at bay, but it'll also stop any undesired flashing from occurring.

Try layering a wrap dress over vintage-wash jeans, too. 

If you're wearing leggings after dark, ensure they're seamless for a glossy spin. 

This bougie bag is the ultimate outfit overhauler. 

Classic shoes for £25? In that case, we'll take them in burgundy as well.

MONOCHROMATIC MAGIC

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A monochromatic outfit always looks sleek. Wear a black-and-white pair of leggings with a sharp blazer and a tee for It-girl kudos.

Invest now and we guarantee you'll wear this tailored blazer for years to come. 

This gold-link necklace looks so much more expensive than just a few quid. 

The leather side panel on these strides is super luxe. 

Mules they may be, but the closed toe makes these white heels more autumn-friendly. 

GO TONAL

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Tonal dressing is key for autumn. Layer your leggings under a skirt or dress, and then finish with a coat of the same colour. We love how you can only see a sliver of the leggings in this street style getup.

As far as shirtdresses go, this is easily the chicest one we've seen. 

Add a cool texture clash to your look with these faux-suede leggings. 

Mock-croc accessories always make your outfits look premium. 

Overcome your leggings phobia? Now let's crack the poncho.