Given their form-fitting silhouette, it's safe to say leggings come with a set of rules that exceeds those of other (read: more forgiving) articles of clothing. But given how comfortable and cool leggings have the potential of being, we'd say that putting a little extra thought into your legging look is worth the effort.
The legging trend has been back with a vengeance for a couple of years now and we've grown accustomed to seeing celebrities and catwalk show-goers wearing them instead of trousers - and in some instances, as a carefully considered extra item. (Who'd have thought that leggings with a skirt or sexy, suede boots could be so desirable?)
To achieve the most forward look, there are certain pieces that we'd recommend skipping when donning the athleisure staple. Although you know us: whatever your jam is, run with it. So feel free to ignore us entirely!
Read on to find out which five things are best left alone when wearing leggings, and what we'd suggest you try out instead.
Don't Wear: Sports Jackets
Wear Instead: A Denim Jacket
Make your athleisure look more effortless and brunch-worthy by topping faithful leggings with an oversize denim jacket. Then top them off with the sharpest black suede shoe-boots you can find.
Don't Wear: Trainers on Repeat
Wear Instead: Strappy Sandals
Remember that leggings can be dressed up, so take a leaf out of Kate Moss's book and make yours unapologetically glamorous. Employ a head-turning jacket and sparkly sandals for a look that'll be a joy to dance away the night in.
Don't Wear: Tight Tops
Wear Instead: An Oversized Shirt
Don't fall into the trap of always pairing jersey with more jersey. A classic, button-down shirt effortlessly elevates leggings of all colourways and finishes. Add stompy boots and you've got yourself a new off-duty outfit.
Don't Wear: Gym Bags (Unless You're Going to the Gym)
Wear Instead: A Luxe Crossbody
It's not uncommon to see an A-lister swapping a nylon gym bag for a Hermes Birkin and the like. But where designer arm candy is concerned, a crossbody feels so much fresher right now. Make like supermodel Karlie Kloss and get even more wear out of your investment.
Don't Wear: Tight-Fitting Jersey Dresses
Wear Instead: A Loose-Fit Dress or Skirt
Sure, this isn't for the faint-hearted, but this directional look is sure to reinvent the way you look at leggings. Pair loose, languid layers over leggings that scrunch around the ankle—Arket's are the best.
Next, check out these autumn outfits for size.
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.