How to Wear Black Leggings

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So Low: Corduroy Leggings from Bare Necessities
So Low: Corduroy Leggings from Bare Necessities (Image: Bare Necessities)

Black leggings are a classic from the '80s that have made the ultimate comeback. They have become popular again and with good reason: They are comfortable and sleek -- and they hide defects when you wear them properly. Because of their versatility, it looks like black leggings are here to stay this time around. These basics will fill you in on how to wear black leggings.

Things You'll Need

  • Black leggings
  • Top
  • Accessories

Pair your black leggings with a top that is long enough to cover your hips and rear. Known as tunics, these tops come in different lengths. For a balanced look with your leggings, choose a tunic that comes past your hips but stops no lower than halfway down your thighs. Since black leggings match with just about any color, go with whatever colors flatter you or are best suited for your purpose.

Wear shoes that fit the look you are going for. A casual look calls for flats, while pumps or boots give leggings and a tunic a dressier look.

Accessorize further with a fresh and modern handbag and appropriate jewelry. A scarf or belt can also add a nice touch - just be sure to use one or the other, never both.

Tips & Warnings

  • Shop around for your leggings online even if you plan to go to a store to try them on. That way, you will save some legwork by narrowing down the stores that carry the type of leggings you want. Look for a material, texture, construction and overall look that fits your purpose. Try them on before you buy - with leggings, the most important thing to look for is fit. They should not be so tight they stop your circulation' however, they should conform completely to your body with a minimum of gaps or saggy spots. In addition to tunic tops, you can wear leggings with dresses and under skirts. Wear them with a miniskirt or a dress (no longer than above the knee) for maximum flattery.
  • Do not wear a short top with leggings unless you are going to work out. While leggings can be very sexy, they look best when you leave something to the imagination. Do not wear a tight shirt with leggings - since leggings are so fitted, pair them with a roomy top for a balanced look.

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