Yes, you can wear leggings as pants. Your workout leggings are so comfy you probably wish you could get away with wearing them in public — outside of the gym. We’re way ahead of you. For a dose of outfit inspiration, we’ve styled our favorite pairs with fancy shirtdresses, blouses, and more to make ‘em appropriate for brunch, date night, and beyond. If fun pants were your main source of motivation to hit the gym, you might need to find something else, because, thanks to the outfits below, their elliptical-bound days are numbered.
Saying you can’t wear leggings as pants are sort of like saying you can’t wear white after Labor Day. (You’re drunk, Grandma. Go home!) If you can work out in something, you can sure as hell run errands, hang out with your friends, and dance your face off in it. Who cares if leggings as pants were a cardinal fashion sin a few years ago. That was then and this is now. Besides, you can’t even remember a few days ago. So, really, who cares? As long as you keep these eight simple styling tips in mind, you can wear leggings whenever and wherever you want, and you’ll always look totally bangin’. Anyone who says otherwise is just hateful. How about finding out more ideas on how to wear workout legggings? Check it!
Choose leggings in a matte fabric over something shiny.
When it comes to leggings, matte fabrics look more sophisticated and are much more versatile than shiny fabrics.
Just because leggings are sporty doesn’t mean you have to style them in a sporty way.
Leggings can be boho too — especially in soft, pastel pink with a fringed vest and a cute pair of ankle boots.
When wearing tights as pants, stick to flats, sneakers, or thick, chunky heels.
More often than not, stilettos just make leggings look trashy. Besides, why would you wear the world’s most comfortable pants with the world’s least comfortable shoes?
Coordinate the color of your jacket with your leggings to create a cute little suit.
Matching your jacket to your leggings makes the two pieces look like they were always meant to go together, thus elevating the leggings from gym gear to an all-around-awesome wardrobe staple.
Layer leggings under tricky fashion pieces like see-through dresses.
You can still get in on the whole “naked dress” trend without going bare underneath.
Don’t go skintight from head to toe.
Add volume and movement to your leggings-as-pants look with boxier tops and fun fringe details.
Choose full-length leggings over cropped leggings every time.
Leggings that go all the way down to your ankles more closely resemble pants. This makes them feel a little more formal than Capri leggings, which makes them more versatile.
If you want a more undercover leggings-as-pants look, always remember to cover the waistband and the cuffs.
With pants as tight as they are these days, it’s the tops and bottoms of your leggings that really give them away as fitness/athleisure wear. By covering your waistband with longer tops and tucking your cuffs into booties or high-top sneakers, you’ll help disguise the overall legging-ness of your look. Not that you have to do this. Leggings as pants are nothing to be ashamed of. But at least this way, if you ever find yourself feeling like your leggings are just a little too legging-esque, you’ll know what to do.
Now, let’s see cool ideas with what you can try on workout leggings to look chic, trendy and feminine.
The Asymmetric Blouse
To balance out the proportions of this shirt’s modern silhouette, keep the rest of your look fitted. Here, we went with Adidas Stellasport’s color-block leggings and sporty accessories (mesh backpack, digital watch, and flatform slip-on shoes).
The Neoprene Coat
The athleisure life is a comfortable one. But, that doesn’t mean the aesthetic isn’t also refined. Budding designers, like Daniel Silverstein, are proof the trend has legs; his neoprene-embossed coat is even fancy enough for a night out. Here, we dressed it for the day with a halter-neck bra, polka-dot leggings, and crisp, white sneakers.
The Structured Shirtdress
It’s warming up outside, but you’re probably not quite ready to wear your springy shirtdress with bare legs. Simple: Layer your leggings underneath. Add a funky crossbody and woven baseball cap, and maybe you’ll be able to will the warmth into action.
The Oversized Denim Jacket
Your slightly-too-big jean jacket goes well with pretty much everything — black workout leggings included. A crop-top style bra (you can swap in a graphic tee for extra coverage) and funky accessories make perfect finishing touches.
The Funnel-Neck Sweatshirt
Say you do actually intend to go to the gym after whatever errands you have to run or brunches you have to eat. It’s okay to dress the part. The key is choosing items with fashion-forward details, like the playfully printed leggings, not-so-basic sweatshirt, mesh drawstring bag, and perforated sneakers shown here.