Everyone has different priorities when it comes time to get dressed—for some, it's all about ease. For others, looking good tops the list, whatever the cost. There are occasions where it's understandable to sacrifice practicality for style, but personally, I know that if I’m uncomfortable, it really doesn’t matter how head-turning my outfit is. My focus will rest on the hemline that keeps creeping up, or my pinky toe being steadily squished by the too-tight pair of heels. Even if I look outwardly on-point, the minor annoyance that lost to my vanity will be what I remember most.
If you similarly put comfort first, you probably own at least one pair of leggings. The WFH surge of 2020 saw most people give in to their unparalleled softness and ease. I know I was reaching for my H&M pair on an almost-daily basis.
But now that fashion has gone back to normal—or settled into a ‘new normal’, at least—the question arises: how can we hold onto our beloved leggings? This vital item deserves a spot in your everyday clothes roster, so I've turned my attention to outfit options for the here and now. With colder weather around the corner, we also have to factor cover-ups into the mix; thankfully, leggings lend themselves well to layered looks. Scroll on to see some of the best autumn-appropriate outfits styled around simple black leggings.
1. Button-Down Shirt + Pumps
Style Notes: A button-down shirt is timeless, and 2022 has seen it become the go-to cover-up over vest tops and racerbacks. Add leggings and ballet pumps and you've got yourself a super comfy, effortless outfit.
Style Notes: Trench coats are ideal for autumn layering. Whether you're walking the dog or meeting your friends for lunch, a longline design and chunky kicks will make you feel suitably casual but stylishly put-together.
3. Oversized Jumper + Loafers
4. Layered Skirt + Heels
Style Notes: There's quite a lot going on in this outfit, but that's what makes it interesting. Play around with proportions and layer a skirt or dress over your leggings to make them night-out appropriate.
5. Shearling Jacket + Uggs
6. Knee-High Boots + Boxy Blazer
Style Notes: It's a known fact that blazers elevate every item—and leggings are no exception. Tuck them into sleek knee-high boots and finish off the outfit with gold-toned accessories.