The line between leggings and pants is continuing to blur, and as of this year, leggings are being worn as pants with increasing regularity. Fashion gurus have layed down some ground rules for how to carry off the leggings-as-pants look, but as the year goes on, undoubtedly these will continue to evolve as well. When shopping for leggings that can be worn as pants, there are some basics that can be helpful to understand about how to tell which leggings will be most suitable to be worn as pants, and how to mix and match outfits for success. Take these tips from fashion experts and select the pair of leggings that is comfortable for you.
As a rule, leggings are made of thinner material than pants or jeans and thicker material than tights or hose. Leggings generally are constructed with some spandex, lycra, or other flexible material that enables them to move well with you without ripping or tearing. Leggings may look delicate but they are tougher than their appearance would let on.
The general rule of fashionable thumb is to wear leggings as a layer rather than the focal point of an outfit. Leggings with a long fitted or loose shirt, underneath a mini-skirt, or belted beneath a long tunic are all fashionable ways to wear leggings as pants. It is also important to pair leggings with the right kind of shoes. Leggings go well with ballet flats, boots, and tennis shoes for a casual look. Heels can be worn with leggings as long as they don't become campy. Shiny material leggings can be dressed up with a sheer or lacy long top or mini and classic heels, or denim leggings can go well with a shirt dress and pair of oxford tennis shoes.