We could sing the praises of jeans, midi skirts and wide-leg trousers forever more, but some days (and moods) call for leggings, and nothing else will do. Design-wise, it doesn't get much simpler—boring, you might say—than black cotton leggings, yet few other items match the comfort and ease this wardrobe basic offers.
This is exactly what we need when we're hanging around the house, walking the dog and running errands. But what happens when it's time to meet your friends for brunch or embark on an impromptu shopping trip? You want to maintain the level of comfort you've become accustomed to but also look put-together, right? Good news: It can be done with minimal effort.
The tricky part is selecting a top to style with your trusty leggings. If you go too far down the casual route, you're in danger of looking like you just rolled out of bed. But certain blouses and button-ups just feel too dressy to pull off with your glorified loungewear. So how does one strike the balance? After consulting the internet's best dressers, it seems like we've found the answer in these six tops to wear with leggings.
1. Oversized Shirt
Style Notes: A crisp white button-down will instantly make leggings look more outside-world appropriate without compromising on comfort. Play with proportions and balance out the oversized silhouette with flared leggings, like Lydia Tsegay did.
Style Notes: Brands such as Girlfriend Collective create sports bras that look and feel great, and because of their longer length, you can style them as tops with leggings—and no, not just for the gym. A trench coat will really boost the pairing.
3. Boxy Blazer
Style Notes: A blazer is always a great idea. Smarten up your downtime separates with a structured jacket and then add a pair of chunky boots for good measure.
4. Slouchy Hoodie
Style Notes: Achieve that cool-girl-on-the-go aesthetic with a super-soft hoodie and simple black leggings with a longline coat layered on top.
Style Notes: We're always looking for ways to incorporate cosy jumpers into our outfits. It doesn't get easier than this foolproof combination.
6. Tank-and-Shirt Combo
Style Notes: Ribbed tank tops made a splash over last year, and they're here to stay for the season ahead. Easy and effortless, this elevated basic perfectly matches leggings' energy.