Yes, I Wore Leggings To Work For 5 Days Straight


To be frank, I have a love-hate relationship with leggings. I adore them because they’re undeniably comfortable and feel like second skin, but they’re hard to wear when I’m not traveling, running errands or working out (a rare occurrence, may I add). Their body-skimming silhouette shows every curve, which doesn’t make them the most appropriate piece to wear to the office. However, because they’re such a major essential in every woman’s wardrobe—especially for fall—I thought I’d take my own advice of elevating the casual staple and making them work-appropriate.

Thus, I tackled the challenge of wearing leggings for a week to the office, which I took on out of curiosity, despite some initial hesitation. Important sartorial lessons I’ve learned? Well, never underestimate how polished they can look (as many colleagues didn’t even notice that I was wearing leggings). Second, the trick is teaming them with various proportions and lengths to cover areas you want to conceal for a streamlined result. Ahead, see how I donned these stretchy pants (successfully) from 9-to-5.

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5-Day Challenge: Leggings


The high-low design of this mock neck sleeveless sweater is perfect for covering the bum, while the side ties add flair. In an attempt to pull off the of-the-moment '90s revival look à la Bella Hadid, I accessorized with a baker boy hat, round sunnies and chunky lace-up shoes.

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Icons 50mm Round Metal Sunglasses



Rory Lace Up Boots



Wool-Blend Cabby Hat


Forever 21

Sleeveless Side Tie Tunic Sweater


Ann Taylor

Leggings High Waist




A flowy kimono pairs so well with leggings, which work as a nice base underneath the open robe. Pointed-toe flats were surprisingly complementary and helped elongate my legs. A fuzzy bag and gold earrings translate as fashion-forward extras.

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Brass Splatter Earrings


Leigh Miller

Lock Trimmed Leather Shoulder Bag


Loeffler Randall

Leggings High Waist



Printed Velvet Kimono




These super-chic, crazy-affordable white boots are a recent purchase (everyone in our office has them), and I badly wanted to wear them with leggings. Because the footwear is so stark, I tempered the rest of my look with refined layers: a longline vest over a ribbed knit with frilly detail.

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Magic Ankle Boots



Vent Gilet



Metallic Ribbed-Knit Turtleneck Sweater



Leggings High Waist



Thin Hoop Earrings


Joolz By Martha Calvo


My affinity for white tees knows no bounds, so I seriously wear one at least once a week. As you know, I'm all about covering the derriere; this lightweight powder-blue topper is both sleek and modest. Slinky sock boots combined with leggings is the perfect formula for faking a tall frame.

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Senella Bootie


Club Monaco

Casual Slub Cotton T-Shirt


James Perse

Tie Cuff Duster Jacket


River Island

Leggings High Waist




The leggings allowed me to adapt my floral summer dress for fall. Slouchy boots slung nicely, and they never fail to look amazing with midi lengths. A dark denim topper over the shoulders helps beat the chill.

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Lokyo Suede Knee Boots


Isabel Marant

Orchid Print Frill Midi Dress



Leggings High Waist



Jessie Denim Jacket


Mads Norgaard