How to Style Leggings, the bold to the basics!


Guess how much money I’d have if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard:

“I love all the crazy leggings you carry, but I have NO IDEA how to wear them.”

Truthfully, I don’t know exactly how much I’d have, but I certainly hear this often enough to warrant writing an article to help people style funky leggings.

Keep Things Simple

If you choose a top that’s on the “busier side,” keep your bottoms simple. Leggings with less flair, like the hunter green ones pictured below, can easily be paired with patterned tops.
There are of course exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, if you go crazy with your top, then you should keep things simple with your bottoms and vice versa. Some people are able to pull off funky combinations with mixed patterns and textures but most can’t, and there’s absolutely no shame in that!



How to Wear Patterned Leggings

If you’re wearing funky Galaxy, Aztec, or other patterned leggings that contain a wonderful array of colors, shapes, and lines, pair them with a calmer, solid-colored top.

These gorgeous leggings featuring blue hues. When paired with a light, solid-colored top and jacket, these leggings really pop but don’t scream: “I never learned to dress myself!”

Pictured below are just a couple more excellent examples of how funkier leggings coordinate well with solid-colored tops.

The leggings above feature blue, white, and black. Paired with a black top and white jacket, you still achieve a unique and colorful you without clashing or detracting from the attractiveness of the leggings’ pattern.

“Kind of Simple” Combos

Although most people aren’t able to combine flashier patterned tops with funky bottoms, many can pull off a combination outfit like the one featured below. This combo still keeps things kind of simple, but brings together colorful and festive, patterned leggings with a sweater that also pulls some color into the mix. Notice the top is still more sedate in its pattern though. If you combine patterns, shoot for one complex and one simple.

Some Suggestions for Tops

Consider these kinds of tops to combine with stylish, patterned leggings:

  • A long t-shirt
  • A long top with a shorter blazer
  • An oversized sweater
  • A baggy hoodie
  • A tunic
  • A dress

Tops to Avoid

Certain styles of tops don’t work very well with leggings in general. These include:

  • Crop tops
  • High/Low hems, when the front is higher than the top of your thighs
  • Relaxed fit tops that fall higher than your thighs

Footwear Recommendations

Changing your shoes often changes the entire look and feel of an outfit. Consider these fantastic footwear options:

  • Combat Boots
  • Knee High Boots
  • Ankle Boots
  • Heels

There’s really no limit to the funky, fun, and even frenzied leggings you can pull into your wardrobe, if you understand a few little tricks.

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  • Carrie Paxson