Leggings. They were once the demonized fashion faux-pas that were as unstylish as they were unflattering. But, that was 2010. Fast-forward six years and the athleisure trend was born. The perfect combination of comfy casual attire and athletic wear, the sport inspired trend suddenly saw women of all ages and sizes embracing leggings as a legitimate outfit choice for a variety of occasions.
From popping out to meet your friends for a quick coffee to an evening event with heels, the new trend was warmly welcomed as the ideal excuse to wear our comfiest clothes everywhere.
And it’s not just fashionistas, models and the Front Row embracing leggings and the athleisure trend. Celebrities from Carol Vorderman to Ellie Goulding have been snapped out and about sporting leggings long after their last gym session.
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, as we break down the best way to wear the trend this season…
What to wear with leggings
Make like Ellie Goulding in an oversized white shared paired with a pair of leggings and comfy flats.
Over-sized shirt, Zara: Buy now at zara.com for £25.99
V-cut leather slides, Zara: Buy now at zara.com for £39.99
Herringbone leggings, Joseph: Buy now at flannels.com for £59
Pure cotton poplin long sleeve shirt, Marks & Spencer: Buy now at marksandspencer.com for £39.50
Maribel black patent closed courts, L.K.Bennett: Buy now at lkbennett.com for £108
Corset leggings, Next: Buy now at next.co.uk for £28
Steal Claudia Winkleman’s style by pairing an over-sized jumper with a pair of black wool leggings and patent boots. Perfect for day to night dressing, this fun look is easy to wear and simple to achieve.
EXACT MATCH: Wool sweater, Gucci: Buy now at mytheresa.com for £1,610
Fitted black leggings, All Saints: Buy now at allsaints.com for £35
Patent black boots, Kurt Geiger: Buy now at kurtgeiger.com for £165
Make like actress Kate Mara in a pair of three-quarter-length leggings, a printed Tee and a denim jacket for an easy daytime look. Try our take on her cool, casual style…
Cropped leggings, Boden: Buy now at boden.com for £20
Graphic Print Tee, & Other Stories: Buy now at stories.com for £27
Denim Jacket, Whistles: Buy now at Whistles for £99
Switch Kate’s choice of trainers for ankle length boots with this look for a stylish swap from sport. Add a pair of Rayban sunglasses for the ultimate cool yet casual look.