3 Fresh Ways To Wear Leggings Right Now

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Although we adore leggings for their comfort, the cold-weather staple can often skew basic. Thus, we’re constantly on a quest to give the beloved piece a fashion-girl spin. (Read: thinking beyond outfits that involve just knits and boots.) The secret to achieving an elevated look with leggings is all about incorporating savvy layering tricks—combining various silhouettes, textures and stand-out accessories for a result that’s decidedly chic and easy to pull off. To eliminate the guesswork, we’ve created the coolest fall ensembles surrounding three major legging styles. Shop them now and get our tips for upgrading from basic to fabulous.

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Fashion-Girl Legging Outfits

Stirrup leggings are the newest silhouette to make waves among the fashion set. After bursting onto the scene via Balenciaga's Fall 2016 collection, the cool-girl style is begging to be paired with fall's biggest trends. Wear them under a flared wrap mini skirt, teamed with a ring zip sweater and croc-embossed bag. Loop the stirrup over and under a velvet pump for the coolest street-style-inspired ensemble.

When you're itching for something more luxe, choose a leather version to up the ante. Layer a longline button-down finished with cool ties at the sleeves so they peek out under a high-neck knit. Throw on a checked trench to add color and warmth. Flat leather ankle boots lend a casual vibe that brings the whole look together.

We couldn't possibly do a leggings story without including the OG cozy, cotton pair. Instead of wearing them with an oversized hoodie, opt for a more elevated formula with a sweater dress rendered in a rich hue and sexy over-the-knee boots. Make like an editor by cinching the waist with a tassel leather belt to add shape and interest. Accessorize with a patchwork suede clutch and circular gold earrings.