5 Things You Should Never Wear With Leggings

For a bit of stretchy fabric you wear to the gym, leggings have become something of a hot potato in recent times. There was the brouhaha caused when United Airlines banned two teenage girls in Denver from boarding a flight for wearing leggings. More column inches than you might have expected were dedicated to whether this decision was sexist—a United spokesman said “absolutely not”—and whether it is, in fact, appropriate to sport leggings out and about when you certainly have no intention of breaking into burpees or jumping jacks.

If you’re familiar with the off-duty wardrobes of supermodels (Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bündchen, and so on), then you’ll know that leggings are the backbone. Jenner wears hers with hi-vis yellow jackets and Louis Vuitton bags while Kerr favours the leathery kind that fits like sausage casings. Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine wears her white Outdoor Voices pair with mules from The Row and a quilted satin jacket that wouldn’t look out of place on HRH, as well as with New Balance trainers and a sparkling Chanel bag.



The Style Stalker; PICTURED: Caroline Daur wearing stirrup leggings (and getting it right) at London Fashion Week

Medine’s styling proves that if you treat them like jeans, pretty much anything is fair game. You can’t go (far) wrong with plain black leggings—Nike Epic Lux Running Tights (£80) are a winner, as are the Varley Hillcrests with mesh inserts (£90). Another point worth mentioning is that stirrup leggings really are a gift to legs. They look more like trousers than leggings—confusing but true—and seem to work with everything from roomy double-breasted blazers to ruffled floral dresses and polo neck jumpers (Balenciaga’s stirrups will set you back £545 while H&M has a brilliant patterned pair in grass-green for £35). If the word “stirrup” has made you even more nervous, here are five commandments to memorise before approaching leggings this season.