You can either glam them up for a night out, or dress them down for a more casual look. You can wear them under dresses, skirts, or even with long tunic tops. They often form an integral part of clothing for women, and are available in a spectrum of colors, and in so many styles and patterns, that you will be spoiled for choice. Also, these leggings give you the opportunity to personalize the outfit by using your creativity.
Basics for Choosing Leggings
If you are just starting out, it’s best if you start with opaque leggings in a dark color, like black or brown. These solid colors will let you experiment with different colored tunics. When choosing a color for the leggings, it’s best if you select a color either present in the top, or a color that complements the top. Choosing a totally contrast color can turn out to be a disaster. Once you start to feel more comfortable, then you can mix and match with new colors along the way.
Leggings also come in different lengths. While selecting the length, you should take into consideration the shape of your body. For example, mid-calf leggings look great on a tall girl, but if you are petite, they might make your legs look wide.
Pairing Your Leggings
The choices for pairing clothes with leggings are infinite. From shirts and dresses to tunics, you can pair your leggings with almost anything. Also, they give the perfect opportunity to wear the layered look. A short skirt and a fitting T-shirt makes for the perfect outfit to wear with leggings.
For the Beginner
If you are hesitant to try leggings, the best option is to wear a monochromatic outfit. A black blouse or a T-shirt with a checked short skirt and black leggings; this kind of monochromatic look is great for adding height to make you look taller. To make the look more visually appealing, you could wear bright-colored shoes, like red. You can complete the look by carrying a chic handbag.
For the Fun
The most fun way to wear leggings is to wear them with tunics. You can choose a multicolored tunic and pair it with leggings of a color accented within the tunic to give it a more unified look. Use this look for a casual day out with your friends. To glam up the outfit for a night-out, just use some statement accessories. If you are into the layered look, then you can add a short jacket. Wear the outfit with leggings and ankle length boots, and you are ready to make a statement on a night out.
For the Elegant and Chic Look
Pair your leggings with a dress. Either choose a fitted knitted dress with a wide belt, or a bohemian style casual dress. Whichever style you choose, always make sure that the dress is either mid-thigh or knee-length. If you want a more creative look, then pair a little black dress with multicolored or fluorescent leggings. This will make the leggings the focal point. Accessorize the look with a clutch bag and a pair of hoops.
One very important point to take into consideration is that leggings are not pants. Therefore, it’s very important not to wear them with tops, dresses or shirts that are short in length. The top should at least reach up till the mid-thigh. The key is to use the ‘big over small silhouette’ look. When you choose a top, make sure that it is not skin-tight.
In winter, you do not have to keep those cute short skirts at the back of your wardrobe.
Now that you know how to wear cute clothes with leggings, go ahead and include them in your wardrobe, and remember to accessorize. All of us should have at least one pair of leggings, as they possess all the qualities that we girls look for in a perfect garment-chic, comfortable and inexpensive.