How to Wear Leggings - 10 Outfit Ideas

How to Wear Leggings for Weekends, Dates and (Yes) Work

Street style woman in leggings
Leggings are a key wardrobe piece - learn how to wear leggings. Timur Emek/Getty Images

If there's one fashion trend that keeps coming back every season, it's leggings. Just take a look at the Instagram feeds of the biggest celebrity fashion influencers (think Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and friends), and you're guaranteed to see a pair of stretchy, slim black leggings.

When it comes to wearing leggings out of the house, some of you may hear your mother's voice telling you they're not appropriate outside the gym. But we're here to make the case for leggings as a key wardrobe piece that's versatile enough to dress up for date nights and the office (yes, really), along with smart layers for casual weekend outings, from brunch to meeting the parents. We've got you covered with this round-up of essential outfit ideas for wearing leggings for work, weekends, and beyond!

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Chic Outfit for Work - Leather Leggings

Woman in leather leggings and sweater and coat
How to wear leather leggings to work. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Here's how to wear leggings to work and look entirely promotable. Leather leggings (these are by Balengiaga, but you could easily choose a less expensive, well-made pleather pair) are the basis for a polished office outfit, when you layer them with classic wardrobe pieces and chic, work-worthy accessories. Here, a cable knit sweater, camel coat, and animal print leather tote dress up leggings, for a sophisticated daytime look that you could easily wear to all but the most conservative offices.

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Puffer Coat and Heels With Leggings

Street style outfit in leggings and faux fur trim coat
Wear a faux fur trimmed coat over leggings for winter. Georgie Hunter/Getty Images

How chic is this daytime outfit in stretchy black leggings and high heels? A trendy coat with faux fur details, and stiletto heels, make your wear-with-everything black leggings look instantly more stylish on colder days. For a super stylish touch when wearing stirrup leggings, pull the stirrups over the soles of your shoes, as pictured here.

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Weekend Style - Dress Over Leggings

Street style dress over leggings
Belt a tunic dress over leggings for instant chic on weekends. Anke Grelik/Getty Images

Leggings are a girl's best friend in transitional weather months, or whenever the temperature dips and you need to keep your legs warm. Here's an easy idea for what to wear with black leggings when you want to look dressed up on weekends, without too much fuss. Simply start with basic black leggings, add a long tunic or casual sweater dress, and belt it at the waistline with a skinny belt, either in a neutral tone or a complementary color. Then add a pair of comfortable ankle boots and your favorite weekend bag. This is a chic, fashionable look that's perfect for brunch and shopping with friends, a coffee date, or meeting the parents.

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Date Outfit With Black Leggings

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Date outfit in leggings. Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images

Here's how to style your black leggings for date night, when you prize comfort but want to look alluring. A satiny sleeveless going out top is the perfect thing to wear with black leggings on a date, whether you're going for cocktails or dinner, or swinging by a party. Play with your accessories to dress this look up or down, depending on where the night will take you.

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Dress Up Your Gym Commute

Coat and scarf over leggings
Wear a soft coat and scarf over skinny leggings and sneakers. Miguel Benitez/Getty Images

Heading to the gym in leggings and a t-shirt, but want to look cute on your commute? Looking chic on the trek to your regular workout haunt is as simple as adding a big scarf and waterfall cardigan, or a blanket style coat, over your gym wear and sneakers. Pull your hair into an easy ponytail, and you've got a look that works both on the way there, and on the way back.

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High Fashion Look in Gym Leggings

Street style look - printed coat and striped leggings
Street style outfit idea for daytime - printed coat and striped leggings. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Here's a genius idea for how you can style your favorite gym leggings, to look completely chic and fashion forward. Colorful printed leggings get an instant fashion upgrade when they're paired with a beautiful, flowing coat in an (almost) matching color and pattern. You're sure to catch attention in this confident outfit, which would be great for wearing shopping with friends, or to a neighborhood drop-in party.

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Wear Them to the Office - Printed Leggings

Street style woman in printed leggings and blazer
Star Wars leggings for work? Yes!. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Can you really wear Star Wars leggings to the office and maintain a professional vibe? This street style outfit makes a convincing case for doing just that. Printed leggings in a fun pattern (those pictured here are by Australia fashion brand Black Milk) get a style upgrade when they're matched with a fitted blazer, a pretty silk blouse, classic three-quarter length coat and an expensive looking leather bag. This is a fun way to show your personality on more casual days at work, if your office environment supports creative dressing.

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Weekend City Uniform - Black Leggings and Leather Jacket

Street style leather jacket and leggings
Wear a biker jacket and leggings for instant weekend polish. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Want to dress up a super basic weekend outfit easily, and make it look stylish enough for art gallery hopping, or brunching to impress? Start with a go-to pair of skinny black leggings, add a plain white or graphic t-shirt, then layer on a fitted bomber jacket. We'd style this with a black leather motorcycle jacket, for a weekend outfit you could wear confidently just about anywhere. Your accessories and hairstyle can really make or break your outfit when you're dressing simply, so follow the lead of this fashion blogger and make them count. We love her choice of black lace-up ankle boots, faux fur scarf, red lips and bag, and a sophisticated topknot.

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Spring or Fall Outfit in Leggings

Street style Valentino coat and black leggings outfit
How to wear leggings - add a great coat. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Here's a fashion trick that many editors rely on, when attending the runway shows. A foolproof way to instantly dress up all your closet separates, including basic black leggings, is to invest in great outerwear and accessories. Here, a beautiful Valentino coat with lace detail collar, white leather handbag, and stylish ankle boots add major sophistication to a simple pair of skinny black leggings.

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Stylish Evening Look in Leggings

Street style blazer and leggings
Blazer and leggings outfit. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Want to stand out from the dress wearing crowd at your next evening event or dinner party? Style a boy-meets-girl outfit that's sure to win you fashion kudos. We love the way a checked blazer (this one is from H&M) looks worn over a bra-style top and skinny black leggings, especially when you add a pop of bright lipstick, as pictured here. Black ankle boots with a heel are also great for lifting your butt and giving your legs a long, unbroken line in this outfit.