Repeat after me. Leggings are not pants. Good. Now if you can remember that one cardinal rule of leggings, then yes — leggings are for you. Worn correctly, leggings can look amazing on women of all body types. Short, tall, curvy or slim, find out how to rock a pair of leggings right here.
Legging tips for tall women
Show off your long legs with a great pair of leggings under a tunic, skirt or dress. If you have a favorite dress that’s just a little too short to wear by itself, try pairing it with some leggings in a color that ties in with your dress. Even a summery dress can be worn into fall and winter if you layer it with a long cardigan and a scarf. A solid colored shirt dress paired with a patterned legging and tall boots is another stylish choice. If you’re going for a casual look, try a tunic that comes down to mid-thigh length with leggings and ballet flats.
Legging tips for petite women
Shorter women should try a pair of the latest jean leggings or “jeggings” with tall riding boots. Not only are jeggings easier to tuck into your boots than regular jeans, but they are unbelievably comfortable thanks to their stretchy fabric. Go for a dark shade that matches your boots. The monochromatic color scheme will help draw a longer visual line, giving you the appearance of more height. Low heels and flats look best with leggings, so save the platform wedges for another outfit.
Legging tips for curvy women
Women with hourglass figures look phenomenal in a belted tunic worn over a pair of leggings. Just make sure the tunic is long enough to cover your hips and rear, so you’re flaunting your assets and not your… well, you know what we mean. Monochromatic colors are always flattering, but if you’re a gal with a passion for print, go for a pattern either on top or bottom — never both.
Legging tips for pear-shaped women
If you have the classic pear-shaped body (small on top, bigger on bottom), your first inclination might be to avoid leggings altogether. Worn the right way, however, leggings can be a fashionable and flattering look. Think Kim Kardashian. Ankle-length leggings are a staple in Kim’s wardrobe, paired with a long tunic layered with a jacket or cardigan. Try a chunky ankle boot with a small heel to give your outfit a little extra sass.
Oprah’s style expert Adam Glassman recommends avoiding leggings in unflattering shiny fabrics and choosing thick double-knits that don’t show bulges.