What to wear with leggings – five outfit ideas that make the fashion case for leggings

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  • Leggings. They were once the demonised fashion faux pas that were as unstylish as they were unflattering – but that was 2010. Fast-forward ten years and the athleisure trend that made leggings a staple part of our everyday wardrobe is showing no signs of slowing down.

    Not sure what to wear with leggings? The best leggings are the perfect combination of comfy casual attire and luxe athletic wear. In fact, it’s this sports-inspired trend that has seen women of all ages and sizes embracing leggings as a legitimate outfit choice for all occasions.

    From popping out to meet your friends for a quick coffee in trainers to an evening event with heels, the trend offers the ideal excuse to wear our comfiest clothes everywhere.

    So, what’s the best way to wear the comfortable yet slimming style? Well, if you’re wondering what to wear with leggings, look no further. We’ve broken it down with a little help from some very stylish celebs…

    What to wear with leggings

    Amanda Holden

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    A step up from a simple pair of jersey leggings, Amanda’s faux-leather style makes taking your outfit from day to night easy. A printed blouse adds a dash of colour to an otherwise all-black outfit, while her powder-pink trench is a fresh alternative to classic beige.

    Steal her style

    Trench, £34.99, H&M

    Blouse, £45, Monsoon

    Leggings, £19, Topshop

    Boots, £59, Office

    Cat Deeley

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    Trading her trusty denim jeans for a sleek pair of high-shine leggings, Cat manages to make her legs look even longer than normal. We love how she’s kept the rest of her outfit simple with an oversized shirt and perfectly co-ordinated strappy sandals.

    Steal her style

    Shirt, £39, Hawes & Curtis

    Leggings, £89, Spanx at ASOS

    Sandals, £65, Reiss

    Olivia Palermo

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    Giving the leggings trend her coveted seal of approval, fashionista Olivia adds plenty of personality with a mix of patterns and textures. Follow her lead by clashing leopard print with romantic florals, not forgetting a pair of stylish, yet comfy, ladylike brogues.

    Steal her style

    Jacket, £59, Miss Selfridge at ASOS

    Blouse, £150, LK Bennett

    Leggings, £70, Sweaty Betty

    Shoes, £69, Clarks

    Davina McCall

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    Proving that leggings aren’t just for daytime, Davina makes hers event-ready with a belted blazer and luxe leather ankle boots. The figure-hugging trousers and oversized jacket make for a really flattering look.

    Steal her style

    Blazer, £199, Hobbs

    Belt, £30, John Lewis

    Leggings, £12.50, M&S

    Bag, £49, Fiorelli

    Alessandra Ambrosio

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    Off-duty styling at its very best, take your workout leggings from gym to cafe with the addition of a cosy knit. Unfortunately, supermodel-standard legs are not included, but a simple pair of plimsolls will elongate your pins.

    Steal her style

    Jumper, £19.99, New Look

    Leggings, £74.95, Adidas by Stella McCartney

    Trainers, £55, Superga

    Sunglasses, £58, Quay

    How to style leggings

    You could theoretically put together the chicest leggings outfit that ever existed, but if you style it badly, it will still look off. Here are three simple tips that will mean whatever you choose to wear with your leggings, you’ll look great:

    1. Practise the casual “tuck” – oversized tops and waists are having fashion moments. Either opt for a cropped number or tuck something longer length in. If you’re wearing a slouchy jumper, then try a half tuck (just the front or side).
    2. Wear immaculate shoes – because leggings are inherently casual, you want very smart-looking shoes to balance them. That doesn’t have to mean fancy heels – trainers work, too; just make sure they look box-fresh.
    3. Accessorise your outerwear – adding a belt or beautiful brooch to a lovely blazer or jacket instantly elevates your look and makes you look elegant and put-together.

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