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Let's cut to the chase here: Leggings are not pants. Do not treat them as such, do not pretend that they're more opaque than they actually are, and do not, under any circumstances, sport them with just a tank top. Leggings operate in their own world, and you need to abide by their set of rules. Cover the butt. Don't go for anything shiny. Don't even think about wearing them with shearling boots and a V-neck gym shirt.
It can't be denied, however, that leggings are comfy, warm, and everything you want to wear after the temperatures have dipped. And, with the right styling tricks, they can even look fashion-forward. Really. So, ahead, we're sharing nine different outfits that feature the same pair of basic, black leggings — and, no, they won't make you feel like an extra on The Hills.