Leggings outfits to wear outside of the house—so you never have to be without an elasticated waist

Putting together stylish leggings outfits has never been easier, thanks to our fashionable guide

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Thought leggings outfits were just reserved for sweaty gym sessions and boxset binges? Think again. The best leggings work for a myriad of occasionsfrom weekend brunches to night’s out. Some are even work-appropriate, because who doesn’t want to wear an elasticated waist at all times?

Stretchy, stylish and flattering, the best leggings tick all our boxes when it comes to that much-longed for mix of fashion and functionality. The key to dressing them up (or down!) is to pick the right style—think luxe leather leggings for the weekend, printed workout leggings for the gym and a pair of the warmest leggings for fall. What you team them with matters too and the best options are slogan t-shirts, structured blazers or a slouchy knit. 

To make nailing your next leggings outfit that bit easier, we’ve put together a moodboard for each occasion, courtesy of a stylish bunch of street style stars and a few fashion-forward celebs. Happy shopping!

Leggings outfits—4 looks to try 

From adding a longline top or one of the best striped jumpers, to dressing up with one of the best blazers—here are 4 leggings outfits to try out. 

1. Leggings + longline jumper

Street style models wearing leggings outfits suitable for the weekend

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What you need...

  • A longline jumper
  • Shacket or jacket
  • Add chunky Chelsea boots or knee-high boots

If you have a corporate job or one that requires a uniform, chances are you can’t wait to slip into something more comfortable by the time the weekend rolls around. Leggings outfits for off-duty is easy—all you need to do is wear them in place of jeans. And voilá, that's your weekend outfit with leggings sorted. 

A styling tip...

The see-through factor is a deal-breaker, though, so make sure you check your VPL before leaving the house. If your leggings don’t pass the test, no problem, just wear with a long-line top or jumper to steer clear of a wardrobe malfunction. A step up from your average black leggings, try a luxe faux leather leggings or a pair with a subtle print to add interest.

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2. High-waisted leggings + shorter top

Street style models wearing leggings outfits suitable for evening

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What you need...

  • High-waisted leggings
  • Shorter top
  • Statement heels

Leggings for a night out? Yes, but not as we normally know them. Leave your trusty, sofa-worn pair at home and get ready to hit the town in some seriously fancy pants. We’re talking glitter, sequins, high shine patent—the bolder the better. It's also best to look for detail such as stirrup hems (yep, they're back), along with zips and side splits at the bottom to create one of the best leggings outfits. 

A styling tip...

Mix with similarly luxe textures like silk, satin and velvet to add interest to a head-to-toe black outfit. High-waisted leggings (opens in new tab) are not only great for wearing with shorter tops but offer a similar level of support as the best shapewear (opens in new tab). Look out for split-leg detailing to really show off your shoes. 

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Street style models wearing leggings outfits suitable for the office

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3. Thick leggings + shirt

What you need...

  • Thick, good quality leggings
  • Crisp shirt
  • Blazer
  • Add work-appropriate shoes

If your office has a super strict dress code, chances are leggings won’t make it past reception. But for those that are a little more relaxed, they’re a legitimate alternative to smart trousers and jeans. Leggings that look like pants are the best choice here, combining the appearance of a smart pair of trousers with all the benefits of stretchy fabric and an elasticated waistband. Creating the best leggings outfits is all about knowing which pair to choose, and for work you have to go for smart, chic options. 

A styling tip...

To keep yours office-appropriate, pair with tailored pieces like a crisp shirt or nipped-in blazer. Opaque leggings also work well with tunics and mini dresses that are too short to be worn with tights.  

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4. Statement leggings + hoodie

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What you need...

  • Patterned or bold color leggings
  • Good quality T-shirt or hoodie
  • Workout-ready trainers

Thanks to the boom in athleisure, finding stylish workout leggings is easier than ever. In fact, you could say we’re spoilt for choice. Trade in plain black for a pretty patterned or bold bright pair, and wear with t-shirts, vests and hoodies in coordinating shades. When it comes to which trainers to wear, instead of opting for you best white trainers, mix it up with a matching colorful, bright pair. Some of the best leggings outfits are still laid-back, effortless and all about comfy first. 

A styling tip...

Fabric really matters here, so to ensure you stay comfortable and confident when working out it pays to invest in squat-proof, sweat-wicking fabrics. And remember, the busier the print, the harder it is to spot those well-earned sweat patches. 

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Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is a former Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.