Leggings are easily one of the most controversial wardrobe items. No one argues about their comfort—they are both objectively comfortable and practical—but nobody can agree on whether they are appropriate outside of the gym.
Then came the biker shorts trend. From magazine covers to Instagram influencers pages, stretchy biker shorts with an oversized top and heels became the go-to *fashun* look. But at the end of the day, aren’t biker shorts just small leggings? So, it made me want to rethink the athleisure argument and see how we can fit leggings into our everyday wardrobe, but just a bit more elevated.
Below, find six style inspirations to get the look and revel in your comfort and practicality all year round. (I won’t tell anyone if you wore the same pair to the gym this morning, either).
Biker Shorts + Tall Boots
Let’s just get the biker shorts look out of the way because it is popular and honestly good. Throw on a pair of right-below-the-knee boots for an outfit that’s easy, but at least looks like you tried.
Under a Sheer Overlay:
Give leggings a very fashion twist by popping them on under a sheer skirt or dress.
Fara Low-Back Slip Catsuit
Allison Combat Boot
Engineered-Patchwork Mesh Maxi Skirt
Full Sport + Elevated Jacket
It’s 2019, so if you have an oversized blazer, whatever you wore to the gym, you can probably wear to the office.
A tartan pair of leggings with a crop top or sweatshirt is basically the same as wearing pants.
Capri leggings with a pump and voluminous top à la Carrie Bradshaw are timeless.
High-Waist Airbrush Capri Leggings
Jacey Stretch Organic Cotton Crop Top
If It’s All Black, It’s Basically a Suit
If you wear black leggings with a black blazer, it’s pretty much a suit—just tighter on the bottom.