Is there anyone who still believes leggings should only be worn when working out? The rise of athleisure in recent years has successfully convinced many women that stretchy pants have legitimate sartorial value. If the Kendall Jenners and Gigi Hadids of the world didn't prove the staying power of the legging, then perhaps its presence on the Chanel Spring/Summer 2019 runway will convert you into a bona fide patron of yoga pants. If this high-end example proves anything, it's that in 2019, nailing how to wear leggings in a cool way can help you take them beyond being a wardrobe basic.
Brands are churning out versions in color-block hues, screen-printed with logos, and accented with embellishments like zippers and snaps to flesh out your collection beyond the usual all-black sports style. Even as voluminous trousers make their way back in vogue — as we saw with the latest lineups for spring and then again with the pre-fall presentations — fashionable women still turn to a good pair of leggings for all seasons and occasions because they are a versatile element that can suit any individual style. If you’re looking for a way to update this wardrobe staple for 2019, the outfits below should spark some worthwhile inspiration. You might favor a masculine-meets-feminine mix or a lean into the inherently cozy vibes, either will work. Continue on below for five certified fresh outfits ideas, courtesy of some of your favorite editors and influencers.
"I love wearing leggings with a boxy, oversized men's blazer. I like to play with contrast: a figure hugging, feminine piece (a legging) paired with a masculine piece I'm drowning in (the blazer). It looks chic, but I felt as comfortable as on a Sunday when I wear my yoga leggings all day." — Stephanie Broek
"The idea of pairing leggings with a sweater is far from novel. So to give this reliable combo a boost, I incorporated dressier elements into my look. These pointed toe kitten heel mules are sophisticated enough to elevate my leggings from casual to chic. Further, my dangly, crystal earrings offer a welcome dose of sophisticated shine." — Imani Randolph
"2019 is the year I decided to wear leggings for almost everything, except, actually going to the gym. Just kidding — maybe a little of that too. My current favorite use of the legging is treating it the high-low way. Pairing them with an ultra glitz or glam item gives you an element of excitement and I live for that. Keep it fresh.
See my latest Instagram photo (above) for a Nike legging coupled with Rodebjer glitter boots for some styling tips. And make sure to check out Adam Selman’s new sport line because it’s everything and more. Those are the leggings I want to be wearing every day this year." — Anaa Saber
"I feel like I’m living in leggings these days! I wear them for lounging, of course; but now there are so many different styles for a more put together look! My current go-to legging are from LOFT and they have a super cute ankle detail that I love to show off with a pair of booties!" — Alex LaRosa
"My favorite leggings currently are a pair of Saks Potts leggings which displays their printed logo throughout. The dramatic design makes for a daring moment of elevation when layered under a silk bold colored skirt. And of course, to seal this look even more, I decided to present a color-blocking moment by adding a red coat against the blue." — Babba C. Rivera