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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Wearing Leggings

Last updated on : December 04 2016

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We all love to wear leggings because they are seriously versatile, whether for summer or winter. You can substitute them for pants or for tights. But we have also all seen some of the epic leggings fails (click at your peril) that are out there. So what are the Do’s and Don’ts of legging wearing that will guarantee you a flattering outfit rather than a fail? 


The Don'ts

Don’t Display Your Crotch

The great debate when it comes to leggings is: are they pants or tights? Leggings are skin tight, so you should wear them like you’d wear a pair of tights, with your crotch covered. Even if they are completely opaque, wear a longer length top, tunic, blouse or dress to create a flattering yet appealing look

Don’t Do See Through

Unless you are wearing mid thigh to knee length tops or dresses, see through is a bad idea. There is nothing worse than seeing a girls underwear through her leggings with nothing to cover her fashion faux pas! And besides if you want see through, then you should rather get tights

Don’t Do Light Colours on Fuller Figures

The truth is that light colours make you look larger, so if you have a fuller figure, it’s probably a better idea to stick to darker colours and neutrals. And even if you don’t have a fuller figure, try never to wear leggings that are lighter than what you are wearing on your top half. It will make your bottom half look bigger. 

Don’t Do Clingy on Clingy

Leggings do not leave much to the imagination, this includes lumps and bumps. Nor do clingy dresses. Pairing the two together can be a big mistake because any wobbles or bumps you may have, or that may be caused by the elastic will show. 


The Do's

Do Layer

Layering is the best and most flattering way to wear leggings. Think leggings with a soft, floaty blouse, and a knitted wool coat or cropped leather jacket over it.

Do Use Subtle Pattern to Create Texture

Go with understated or muted patterns or soft embossed fabrics to create texture. It also creates a subtle sense of interest. 

Do Use Bright Patterns and Colours Carefully

Be very careful when wearing brightly coloured or patterned leggings. Rather pair them with simple colours or neutrals on top. Or if you are going to wear a bright or patterned dress or top, go with neutral or simple leggings. Too much colour and pattern is far to busy and does not a flattering look make!

Do Choose Your Shoes Carefully

Flats are not a great idea with leggings unless you are tall. If you are tall, then go for pumps or flat sandals with pleasure, but for all the shorties out there, it would be better to wear some sort of heel. You can extend the length of your legs with leggings and a good pair of wedges, stilettos or heeled boots.


Some places to buy leggings

  • Leggings at The Kewl Shop
  • OnlyLeggings - Yep that's what they are. Good for Plus Size Leggings too.

Read our official guide to printed leggings

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