Fashion's love affair with leggings plays out like a dramatic Netflix rom-com; there have been highs, which, of course, bring with them the lows, but in the end, you know they're meant to be together. After reaching something of a sartorial peak in the '80s and early '90s, leggings fell out of favour, replaced by other stylish trouser options, such as low-rise jeans, parachute pants, and pedal pushers. What a time it was to get dressed! Then, we witnessed a legging resurgence in the early '00s by way of leather-look styles and jeggings. Now, however, we've settled into a significantly chicer leggings moment, where black and tonal leggings reign, and people are styling them for all occasions in a variety of sleek ways.
While I could fill an entire gallery with impressive leggings outfits for you to peruse, I know your time is precious. So I've whittled down seven outfits that perfectly illustrate how to wear leggings now and in the most stylish ways possible. From casual get-ups you can throw on at whim to elevated looks that can carry you into evening territory, these ensembles cover all your leggings bases. Scroll on to see them.
Style Notes: Split-hem leggings are ideal for showcasing a standout shoe moment, so what better way to wear your box-fresh kicks? Throw in a leather biker and you've got the perfect downtime outfit mix.
Style Notes: Leggings are the perfect canvas to interesting layering combinations. Take Sarah's blazer/hoodie combination, which strikes the perfect balance between casual and polished. The boots and leggings also echo this sentiment.