I strongly believe that every girl should have at least one pair of black leggings in their wardrobe, and not just ones that you work out in either. A good pair of women’s leggings are so versatile that they can be updated and styled in ways that are not only comfortable but look great too. Whether you’re going to work, having a night out or popping to the shops, here’s a quick guide to giving this wardrobe basic a whole new lease of life.
Choosing the perfect pair
Before we delve into styling options, there are a few essential things to bear in mind when sourcing the perfect pair of black leggings. Firstly, always check their quality. The thicker and more supportive the fabric, the better – nobody wants to fall foul of the see-through look. If you go for a high-waisted pair they’ll naturally cinch in your waist and flatter your frame, while you should ideally pair them with an oversized or long top to balance the silhouette.
A casual or weekend look
A casual look is one of the easiest ways to style your leggings. Consider pairing yours with an oversized band T-shirt for a look that’s effortlessly carefree and cool, as well as perfect for travelling in. Any trainers or flat shoes work well here – of course Converse are an all-time classic. Add some interest or a pop of colour with some on-trend accessories, like an oversized bag, bomber jacket or fedora hat.
A smart and sophisticated look
While traditionally thought of as a lounge or active-wear staple, leggings can easily be dressed up for more formal occasions – it’s all about styling them right. Team your smartest black leggings with a longline white shirt and some heels for an instantly chic take on work or evening attire. Showing that black leggings definitely don’t have to be boring, the leggings from Tu at Sainsbury’s cover everything from luxury, soft-touch fabrics to textured pairs that promise to add an extra element of glamour to any outfit.
A flattering everyday look
Their snug fit often gives people the misconception that leggings aren’t flattering, when in actual fact it’s all about what you style them with. Black leggings tucked into black ankle boots creates a block of colour that will naturally elongate the legs, while a simple pair of ballerina flats will never go out of style. Knee-high boots are a great choice too, especially if you find even skinny jeans to be a little too bulky to tuck in properly.
A relaxed athleisure look
So relaxed it looks like you might break out into a jog at any time, the whole point of the athleisure trend is to be comfortable, but with an edge. Team a pair of classic black leggings with a longline sweater and trainers for walks in the park, a trip to the shops or meeting friends for a coffee. If you want to be a bit smarter, you can keep the trainers but swap the sweater for a T-shirt and long cardigan.
Are you already a black legging fan? Let me know below how you wear yours in the comments below.