I Don't Work Out, so I'm Wearing Leggings to Parties Instead

If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I love to dance. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean I'm actually any good at it, but somehow my inhibitions melt away and are swiftly replaced with what I can only describe as instinct as I sashay, spin and side-step my way into the early hours. Yes, I've danced in seedy bars. I've even danced on bars (albeit not so seductively). One time, I danced at an industry party with Alexa Chung, who seemed to be in awe of my rhythm (or perhaps, my lack thereof). It's not clear, as we didn't speak afterwards.

The point of my story is that I've danced enough to know that wearing constricting clothes only hinders the getting on of one's groove. Which is why I'm willing to give leggings a try this party season. Not just one but four of my favourite influencers are already styling up their black leggings for after-dark endeavours, and they've inspired me to do the same. From sleek layering techniques to choosing suitably glamorous accessories, creating party outfits with accessories is easier than you might think. Keep scrolling to discover the four looks I intend on replicating before the year is out. I'll see you on the dance floor.

Style Notes: Wearing a dress over trousers is one of the fashion pack's favourite styling tricks, and the look proves just as sleek when using leggings, too. Look for button-front dresses you can leave open to flash some jersey; then finish with elegant heels.

Style Notes: You needn't stick to plain leggings. In fact, leather or embellished iterations will make styling them for evenings out even easier. Try wearing a bejewelled pair with a silk blouse.

Style Notes: Give your slip dress a cool spin by wearing it with a tuxedo jacket, white boots and, of course, cosy leggings to counteract the thin fabric.

If you're inspired to wear your leggings in public more often, try these brunch, bar and work-appropriate legging looks too.

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