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What Are Some Cute Outfits With Leggings?

by Elana Kluner

Leggings are one of the few items in your wardrobe that endure through thick and thin. These stretchy, skintight bottoms are a great base to a variety of outfits and can be worn for many different occasions. They come in a myriad of fabrics, colors, prints and designs, but think of them like tights rather than pants. Cover your bottoms when it comes to the lighter materials and aim for good quality, thick fabric. A cute leggings-based ensemble is as simple as building upon this garment's versatility.

Daytime Darling

Leggings are a comfortable way to spend your day running errands, meeting with friends, shopping or simply hanging out at home. An asymmetrical tank with gladiator sandals is a cute outfit for spring or summer. Touch it up with sunglasses, a fedora, a handbag and some jewelry for a posh, warm-weather look. Pair leggings with a long denim button-up under a fur-lined vest or a boyfriend sweater in the fall and winter. Bundle up with a knitted beanie, scarf, boots and an over-the-shoulder purse for a cute and casual way to fight the chill.

Night Owl

Sexy skintight leggings are perfect for a night on the town. Wear them under a spicy minidress or a sparkly long top. Leather jackets or fancy blazers are always a great addition and will keep you stylishly warm. Pop on some bootie heels to give you extra length and height or try your leggings with a pair of classic pumps. Always accessorize with jewelry when going out, and add a chain-strap purse over one shoulder or a posh clutch to finish the look. Belts are another way to glam up your leggings -- simply throw one over an embellished tunic for added shape and extra style.

Workout Warrior

With their stretchy, lightweight material, leggings make for a great workout item. Pair them with a slouchy tank or tee for a comfy hiking outfit. You can also try them with a pair of running shoes and fold-over socks for a brisk morning jog. Leggings paired with a sports bra or workout top are perfect for yoga or a Pilates class. Accessorize with a colorful headband and a stylish gym bag.

Business Beauty

When paired up appropriately, leggings can even be worn in the office. Match them with a wrap dress and ballet flats or a long button-up dress shirt with a belt. Leggings pair nicely with cardigans, sweater dresses and tunics that fall below the waist. Wear them with tall classy boots with a low heel. Simple necklaces, bracelets and scarfs can add a touch of sophistication to your leggings look, lending just the right amount of business-appropriate glam. Top it all off with a leather briefcase and you’re ready to head to work.

About the Author

Los Angeles-based writer Elana Kluner has been writing internationally since 2008. Her work has been published in M2Women Magazine, DANZ Quarterly, Central leader, Western Leader, The Other Duck and Spa Violet. Kluner graduated with a Bachelor's degree in creative writing from Auckland University of Technology and studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

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