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How To Get Away With Wearing Leggings At Work

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January 9, 2015

Leggings are usually associated with workouts, a day spent running errands, or traveling. And how can we disagree? They’re way comfier than any pair of jeans. So why not wear them to work, too? Whether you have a desk job or you’re on your feet all day, leggings suit any 9-5 type. And with the right pairings and our style tips below, you can definitely wear leggings to work without getting a note from your HR. Read on and check out our slideshow to see how you can sport a work-friendly pair now.

Look for a thick version. We don’t want a Lululemon fiasco happening again. Make sure those leggings are fleece-lined and not paper-thin. The point is to have your leggings seem like pants, not sheer tights. If you can see a hint of your skin tone through the leggings, they’re not thick enough.

Opt for neutrals. Stock up on leggings in black and neutral shades like army green and navy. Patterned leggings are more playful than business casual so steer clear of them when shopping. But if you can get away with it at a more creative office, go for a subtle motif like plaid or an intricate geometric print.

Cover that tush. Leggings are not pants. So make sure you the length of your top ends at least halfway down your backside. If you’re unsure how low your top goes, go for one that has “tunic” in the description. Even a cool colorblock dress can make it look like you’re wearing it with super thick stockings. (Fashion hack!)

Layering helps. Blazers, long cardigans, and ponchos are great ways to accent your leggings so they don’t take center stage of your outfit.

Accessorize for a polished look. Put a belt over your sweater dress. Throw on a pair of over-the-knee boots. These accessories will take away the sportiness of your leggings for something more sophisticated.

[Photo: My Style Pill]

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