Rock a Legging Right

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.

4a4c3b5a47119f559d56a2bf13fb15f4Couldn’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.

691165eeb33aee7c98f6887434ec3cdcGo 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.

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Jenny Studenroth is a cosmetics junkie and bridal blogger from New York City. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2007 with a creative writing degree, she went on to the beauty departments at Elle and the Wall Street Journal magazines, before becoming a freelance writer. Her wedding blog is Jenny and her husband Josh split their time between Brooklyn and Washington, DC along with their cat Dolce and pup Harry. The family is expecting their first human baby in the fall.


  1. I need that plaid shirt asap!! Love all of these looks 🙂

  2. I love the long plaid tunic! Those gold leggings are so fun and perfect for the holidays!