Leggings As Pants-Yes or No?

Leggings As Pants-Yes or No?

Leggings are the most versatile piece of clothing till date but they have also been a part of a long-running debate. The world is still at loggerheads with the idea of leggings as pants. Leggings have metamorphasized over the years and seen various trends. Now they have become a closet staple no one is willing to let go of.

Why women wear leggings

Leggings are one of the most comfortable items you can wear. The best thing about leggings is that they are multi-purpose. You can snuggle in your bed with them and you can attend a party with those same leggings. I will not impose any sort of opinion on you. I just want you to decide for yourself if it’s something you must be including in your wardrobe or not.

Let’s discuss the do’s and don’ts of a woman wearing leggings. In this article I will talk about the types of leggings, latest trends to follow as well as share tips on how to wear them.

Types of leggings

First I would educate you about various types of leggings so that you can style them like a pro!

  • Footless (Ankle Length) – They are the standard ones essentially like tights without the feet
  • Calf Length – They sit just below the knee or mid-calf
  • Stirrup Style – This legging style partially covers your foot and is best when worn with boots.

Colors of leggings

The most flattering color for leggings is black. A black pair of leggings, when worn with any type of tunic, short or long, does an amazing job. There is lesser chance your camel-toe would be visible in black, and they literally go with everything and anything. I would advise you to keep a few spare black ones and also some other neutral shades that can be paired with any top. Light grey legging outfits are a safe option.

If you are planning to go for patterned non-pants, I would advice to pick something that is light on the eyes.

Don’ts of wearing a legging:

If you are following the below stated rules, you are on the right track as far as leggings are concerned

  • Avoid leggings with crazy patterns on them
  • Avoid bright neon colored leggings
  • Don’t wear black faded leggings
  • Wear the right underwear
  • Don’t wear ill-fitted or loose leggings
  • Don’t wear see-through leggings
  • Avoid shiny leggings
  • Make sure leggings are exactly your size
  • Don’t wear leggings that have a tear in them
  • Only wear white leggings when you are wearing a dress or tunic over them
  • Only wear leggings which you are comfortable with when wearing in public

How to wear leggings

Make sure your shirt or tunic goes past your butt with leggings on. It’s extremely embarrassing for others and especially for your own self if you have a cameltoe and you are standing completely unaware of it. Look yourself up in the mirror before heading out. If your shirt is a little short and doesn’t cover your camel toe, wear a longer tank top under it or go for a long shirt and leggings outfit. Lack of self-awareness can land you in highly awkward situations especially when riding public transport or standing at bus stops. You cannot be flashing in the front or back just for an outfit. You must wear leggings with a top that completely covers your butt. You can wear leggings with a short shirt on top but only when hitting the gym but make sure they are heavy enough and don’t get transparent when you are crouching or bending forward when doing crossfit or yoga. If you still feel the pairing might be a little immodest, recall if you have ever seen someone wearing a similar pairing. If yes, did you see people giving them awkward glances or taking pictures from a corner?

Leggings are super-comfortable, and I would recommend you to definitely wear them keeping the above stated rules.

Can plus size wear leggings?

It is a wide misconception that heavier-set ladies cannot wear leggings. You just have to know the tricks to wearing it with the right tunic top and accessorize it accordingly. The best way to carry plus-size tunics with leggings would be to wear it with a belt. It shows off your curves just in the right proportion. Choose plus sized legging outfits wisely, it should be something that would not make you look like a shapeless bag of potatoes. A shirt that is tight around your bust and is almost knee-length would really project your figure nicely.

Leggings for travel

Although leggings as pants have not yet been universally accepted as a permanent part of one’s wardrobe, they are great as comfy travel outfits.

You must have travel leggings because firstly they save a lot of space in your suitcase. If you are carrying pants instead, you have to dedicate one whole suitcase for them while leggings can be rolled into one corner of your travel bag and you are good to go.

Secondly, they are versatile and can be paired with almost anything under the sun as long as your top is covering your butt. They can easily replace your PJs, act as your workout gear, your sweats, something that you can always wear under your tunic and they can even be used as undergarments under your pants to keep you warm in winters.

Thirdly, they will bring down your laundry bill to a half as compared to pants.

Lastly, they are great for dressing up or down. You can carry a lot of stuff to wear with pants. You simple have to pack one over-sized sweater or travel tunic which will go with any pair of best travel leggings. I would pack pleather leggings to wear at formal outings. Throwing in a pair of shiny flats or heels won’t hurt as you would already have enough space for shoes and accessories as leggings fold up to the size panties. I would also include belts as part of my accessory kit as they look great when tied over long button-downs.

Best leggings for travel are Topshop leggings, Express leggings, Vera Wand leggings and Old Navy leggings.


Leggings are insanely comfortable and easy to wear. If you have kept leggings as gym-wear until now, I can assure you that they are super-easy to dress-up and worn as formals. Take a leaf out of a celebrity’s instagram page and see how they are rocking tights as casuals and formal wear.

Many people are confused about what and what not to wear with leggings. It’s a very tricky item and if it’s not paired with the correct piece of clothing, it can become a fashion faux pas.

Here are some tips on how you can make leggings part of your daily wardrobe:

How to wear tunics with leggings

Tunics with leggings are a popular choice for many. Asymmetric tunic tops for leggings create an interesting silhouette by lengthening you through additional vertical lines. Tunic tops for women over 50 should be loose and flowy which work well with fitted leggings. You can look for summer tunics and leggings or cute tunic tops for the Fall season at Topshop and H&M stores at a reasonable price.




How to wear dresses with leggings

You can buy long dressy tops to wear with leggings without any qualms about it as they are a no-fail anytime. One look I really like is a loose dress with leggings pushed up underneath.  Legging under a dress is perfect for relaxing at home, or wearing to yoga class. Also, I absolutely love the dress, leggings and boots combination for Fall. It’s great because it keeps you warm, especially if worn with tall boots that cover almost all your legs. Moreover, I would recommend boots and black leggings under a dress like a long vest, a tied dress or even a floral dress. Layering with oversized, longer tops can also add so much personality to your non-pants and you can keep you rear-end covered that way too.

Long tunic sweaters to wear with leggings

This will be the ideal winter look I would go for. You can make it high-end and chic by using the right combination of colors.

Layering over leggings

For the FALL season, add layering using jackets, coat and mufflers with dark leggings to add drama to your winter wardrobe.

Plaid tops to wear with leggings

Plaid tops with pleather jeggings and sneakers are a no-fail look.

Hoodies to wear with leggings

Leggings are great with hoodies if you are about town.

Long tops to wear over leggings

Long tops are a very safe option as they cover your butt and also make a best travel outfit.

Shirts to wear with leggings

I have lots of long shirts and sweaters to wear with leggings; especially pairing your leggings with nice long v-neck shirts is great. Pull a jacket over it to make it formal if you are on a fancy outing. You can also replace the jacket with a black blazer

Striped shirts to wear with leggings

Stripes, when paired with leggings of a similar color, give a classic feel to your outfit. They look great paired with leggings of a similar color.

T shirts to wear with leggings

Tee shirts make a more comfy outfit when worn with leggings instead of jeans. They look lovelier when put together with cute boots.

Blazers with leggings

Black leggings with a white blazer is a classy outfit and you can never go wrong with this look.


What kind of shoes can be worn with leggings?


Leggings and flats are peas-in-a-pod. You can never go wrong when pairing them both so when in doubt, rest your case by simply picking cute pumps, and it would be a bonus if they match the color of your leggings as they make your legs look longer.


Boots and leggings are best for Fall. It keeps you warm and tall boots will cover most of your legs.


Wearing heels with leggings is not everyone’s cup of tea and I will recommend them to those who can carry it with grace.

Leggings are all the rage these days so you better embrace this takeover like a style diva!