Ask Belle: Dressing Up Leggings
Sep 23, 2016
My fiance and I are headed to Europe next month, and I’m so excited. The flight is eight hours and I want to wear leggings. Is there a way to dress them up so I don’t look like a gym rat? I can’t wait to see your suggestions.
First, looking good in leggings is about choosing the right leggings. You want a pair that are thick and good quality. Thin leggings look cheap. I like Zella Live In leggings or Lululemon Wunder Under leggings. For flying or driving in the car, I like the Wunder Under leggings because they fit snugly but comfortably.
As for how to style them, here are three suggestions.
These simple, casual outfits look chic but are totally comfortable. The outfit on the left mixes a long button-up shirt with a slouchy boot and printed scarf. Seriously, how cute are those boots? I love the relaxed look. Searching for a leather option under-$150? These Rockport Tristina Boots look great and are incredibly comfy.
The top is from Boden. I own it in white and I love it. If you’re pear-shaped, I recommend buying the size that fits your torso and having a tailor add side vents to give you some room in the hip. For something a bit shorter, try Boden’s Girl Fit Shirt.
A sweaterdress is always a great option. I like this teal dress from FarFetch; sadly, it’s a bit more than I want to spend. For a more affordable option, this off-the-shoulder option from Missguided would be cute with a tank under it. And this $80 cable-knit dress form BB Dakota is a total classic.
I added this very inexpensive belt from Nordstrom Rack for a little bit of shape. I also like this Ralph Lauren belt with a braided accent. As for the boots, the thicker heel makes them more comfortable for walking and the knot detail makes them extra cool. Prefer a flat boot? Try these flat Michael Kors bootie with a tie on the back.
The last look is my favorite. A long tunic with a cozy sweater is my ultimate weekend look, and it keeps you cozy on a long flight. Also, how amazing is this sweater for $76? If you want something that doubles as work attire, the MM LaFleur Morandi sweater is impossibly warm and worth every penny. I added my favorite Stella & Dot necklace and a cool sneaker, which I also own, to finish the look. This layered ensemble is perfectly put together and completely relaxed.