The Real Woman's Guide to Leggings
Love for Leggings
If the word "leggings" still conjures images of '80s fashion, with big sweaters and bigger hair, it's time to update your style vocabulary. Over the past few seasons, leggings have gone from the runway to the mainstream, and it looks like straight and skinny silhouettes for legs are here to stay. But how do you incorporate this look into your wardrobe while flattering your figure -- and without looking like you're headed to the gym? Read these tips to get a leg up on this surprisingly wearable trend.The Look Right Now
Today's leggings aren't worn the way they were 20 years ago. This time around, think sophisticated layering instead of body-hugging exposure. Sloppy T-shirt tops are out; pulled-together belted looks are in. The new leggings can look great on most shapes, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. And forget that old saying -- you can sport this trend even if you wore it the first time around.Wear them with...
Dresses: This season's mod-inspired jumpers and knit dresses look great over leggings. Add a wide belt at the waist to give this look shape.
Extra-long tops: Layer leggings under a belted tunic or oversized sweater. The volume on top will balance out the narrow line of the legs. Just make sure to cover your assets -- leggings don't give you the same coverage as pants!
Shorter skirts: Opaque leggings won't show skin, so you can wear a shorter skirt without baring your legs or freezing to death. Use leggings to transition warm-weather pieces through the seasons.
Flats, heels, or low boots: Almost any shoe can work with leggings. Flats create a laid-back, bohemian look. Heels can add a bit of glamour. Pull on a pair of boots to keep warm through the winter.
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