How many times have we heard the fashion blogs tell us that a legging is not a pant? Too many to count. Perhaps it’s my nine-month pregnant body talking here but I think as a society we have started to underestimate and underappreciate the importance of the legging. There’s a reason they linger as a staple on the racks everywhere from Target to Saks Fifth Avenue — the leggings might not be a real, true pant. But if your pair is opaque enough to avoid any embarrassing undie show-through moments, and you’ve paired them properly, I officially permit you to let them out of the house and incorporate them in daily chic. Some ideas:
A long plaid shirt and nubby socks that peek out over the top of your boots are perfect. This weekend-ready ensemble says you’re a cool mom, yet you want to be comfortable. To wear under boots, especially with socks, I like a thinner, softer pair. Check out Wolford’s Mat Opaque 80 leggings, $52.
And then there’s the glam-it-up, leather-look option, which is divine for fall. She paired a chunky chevron sweater and black pumps with these stunners for an ensemble that’s sexy, chic, and take-charge. And a lot more comfy than it looks. I’m partial to ASOS‘s leather-look leggings ($28 – $400) but you can scout similarly great pairs at H&M if you take the time to dig.
Couldn’t love this more. A floppy hat in a bold hue adds instant style, while the scarf, oversized sweater and leg warmers are all about warm and cozy comfort for fall. She keeps to the I’m-chill-yet-chic vibe with a hobo bag featuring a chain strap, and gets a lift from some black (pumps? ankle boots?) — under leg warmers like these, who cares what shoes you choose? A thicker, sturdier legging is a must for outfits like this. HUE has a great pair I live in when not preggo. $28.
Go all-out glam for evening without the need of an LBD. Glittery leggings make a splash and are bound to be more comfortable than standard pants, leaving plenty of room for you to indulge in a few glasses of bubbly and an extra plate of dessert, should the mood strike. I love how she’s paired these with a blazer and some fresh, fun shoes, keeping her top and accessories neutral to let the pants (truly) shine. Find yours by Lucy Paris at Nordstrom. $58.