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How to wear leggings

By Yemisi Suleiman

Erica Okudaye

For most women leggings is a style option, which is why knowing how to wear leggings makes all the difference between looking chic versus looking like a fashion throwback. Leggings are one of those items that women usually either love or hate. They’re easy to slip on, and with the wide range of colors available, they’re easy to accessorize. However, they aren’t the right choice for every situation.

Wear leggings with tunics: The simplest way for women to sport leggings is underneath a tunic, tunics vary in length, so it’s modest that your tunic is long enough to cover your hips and rear; otherwise, this is a look better suited for the gym instead of the street. You can wear a belt with it or not. Just make sure your look is balanced – since a tunic is roomy, your leggings should be fitted. One way to sport a monochromatic, casually elegant ensemble is to wear a black tunic with black leggings and black high heel shoes.

Petites and tall women: Petite women should take care when wearing leggings with a roomy top. Make sure your top is proportioned for shorter women so that it doesn’t fall past your mid-thighs – otherwise, it can look like you’re wearing a dress with leggings underneath. Also, your ensemble should be as monochromatic as possible for an elongating look. Tall women should also select their tops with care. You want to wear a shirt that comes down far enough so that your rear isn’t exposed.

Choose the right shoes: Leggings look best with flats, or plain pumps.


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