We always hear about how skinny jeans are on their deathbed, and yet they never seem to go out of style. The same could be said of athleisure, which street style stars everywhere don’t seem to be giving up on just yet. And in fact, the trend has given rise to a somewhat unexpected sartorial revolution as of late — one in which leggings are leading the way to fashion glory.
Wearing leggings on the job can be a risky move if you don’t get it right. The key to success is to skip over cotton styles, opting instead for (faux) suede or leather that firmly ground your getup in sophisticated territory. Take a slightly traditional approach with classy button-down tunics, structured coats and sculptural booties or pumps to carry you straight into HR-approved territory.
You’ve got places to go and people to see, but that’s not going to prevent you from stepping out in your fave Saturday outfit formula — leggings and an oversized tee. To keep your ensemble on the right side of sloppy, opt for artsy prints and leggings with eye-catching details that make your getup feel purposeful, rather than rushed. Patent kicks put a subtle twist on classic sneakers, with bold bow laces lending your look a playful, feminine edge. Round out the getup with a statement collar necklace, structured bag and a quilted puffer jacket.
Be it a candlelit dinner with bae or cocktails at a hot new address downtown, you can count on a pair of high-waisted leather leggings to see you through in style. Pair them with a sexy plunge blouse, stiletto ankle boots and a choker necklace for an after-dark outfit that brings the wow-factor like whoa. Before heading out the door, toss on an oversized wool coat that could easily be belted for major runway-ready appeal and a studded crossbody bag with tough-girl vibes built right in.