White leggings are daring and fashion forward and since they've been featured on the runway, they've become something of a wardrobe staple. The problem is wearing them can be difficult to pull off. Here are some great ways they can be worn.
The biggest seeming draw-back to wearing white leggings is just that they make your legs so white. The answer to this qualm is to commit to the look fully. Choose opaque leggings, never sheer. That way they won’t make your legs look pale and ghostly. Rather, they’ll announce that you are making a deliberate statement.
The safest way to wear white leggings is to keeping it monochromatic. Sticking to black and white is classic and timeless. For the simplest look, wear white leggings with a black dress and black heels or flats. Take it to the next level by playing with prints and textures. For example, choose a cabled texture legging or a black sweater dress. Zebra print is a popular black and white print that expresses your wild side. Or opt for something more abstract if you prefer to keep the look more calm and conservative.
White leggings are perfect if you're going for a 60's or 70's vintage vibe. Pair with bright shades of vibrant colors like yellow, pink, and green. Wearing a short mini-dress will give a sense of 60's inspiration. Here leggings are especially nice, because you can take the dress as short as you like without sacrificing modesty. Opt for longer, bohemian silhouettes in floral or paisley prints if you'd rather have a 70's feel. For a classic nautical vibe, pair white leggings with navy and red in vintage shapes. Sailor cut blouses are especially good.
For an ice queen look, dress all in white. To provide interest and keep yourself from looking like a snow bank, mix different tones of white. Wearing a combination of creams, off-whites, and pure whites allows differentiation between the different pieces. For variety you may wish to include some pale pastel pieces. For example, wear a camisole in pale ice blue under a long, gauzy, semi-sheer peasant-inspired blouse. Soft, pale gray and delicate, ultra-pastel pink make other good additions to the icy-themed pallet. Thick, creamy, cabled sweaters and sweater dresses are in keeping with the wintery feel. Layers, layers, and more layers, also help to achieve the look. Lacey, gauzy, lightweight, sheer layers give volume without bulk. Ideal for any silhouette and particularly useful here in achieving the impression of the delicate fragility of ice.
Another cause for hesitancy, when it comes to wearing white leggings, can be the question of what shoes to wear with the chosen look. Unless you're going for all black and white, black shoes or boots are probably too much of a sharp, dark contrast to be preferred. Something lighter, like pale gray, ecru, soft fawn, or the lightest tan would be preferable. For the ice queen effect, you will want white shoes or perhaps white or very light furry boots. Of course, if you are pairing your leggings with bright colors, bright shoes in complimenting hues are ideal.