It's Okay Again! How The Next-Gen Of Leggings-Wearers Do It

Runway looks aren't always easy to replicate — the often complicated styling and uniquely constructed pieces don't typically lend themselves to being recreated from our closet. But this season, leggings took center stage, and got our gears turning for how we can take this fashion no-no and make it cool again.

When it comes to styling leggings to make them not only wearable in public, but actually (actually!) sartorially impressive, the styling doesn't have to be complicated. The runways this fashion month proved that with the right outerwear and accessories, leggings no longer have to be just a Netflix-and-chill staple. Read on to see how the new generation of legging-wearers are doing it, and recreate the looks with pieces in your own wardrobe — we know we will be!
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Photo: MCV.
3.1 Phillip Lim
A cropped black legging with a side slit feels more elevated than your typical pair of leggings for the gym. Especially when paired with oversized outerwear, a statement shoe, and an unexpected ruffle-neck top peeking out from underneath.
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Get the look from the runway with a thin yet cozy knit, paired with a cropped legging that has a bit of a kick flare. Slip into a pair of fall-appropriate statement mules, and top it all off with a metallic oversized anorak. And finally, slick your hair back and keep your jewelry simple yet impactful, with a rose gold ear cuff.
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Photo: MCV.
Balmain
Another way to avoid the dreaded "Are you going to the gym?" question while wearing leggings is to go for a rich texture like suede, and build a monochromatic look around it.
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Create the luxe, monochromatic vibe from Balmain with a pair of burnt-orange suede leggings and a matching sheer turtleneck. Here, it's all about the accessories — a statement collar, wide leather belt, and chunky black heels to make the look feel complete.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kimora Lee Simmons.
KLS Kimora Lee Simmons
Less is more when it comes to styling colorblocked pants. By balancing striking contrasts with solid neutrals, KLS puts this look's most dynamic piece in the spotlight.
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Take a note from KLS by pairing colorblocked leggings with neutral shades and interesting textures. Since these Puma tights pack a punch in neon, wear 'em with a laid-back tee and black, cool-girl sneakers. Finally, fight the chill and streamline the sportier look with a cozy wool topper.
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Photo: MCV.
Ann Demeulemeester
Leggings got a badass twist at Ann Demeulemeester, with a sheer top and leather harness breaking up a leggings-and-blazer ensemble. Let this be your inspiration for an unexpected look.
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Steal the runways's business-meets-badass leggings look by pairing your go-to pair of black leggings with a well-tailored tuxedo blazer. The more sheer the better when it comes to your underneath layer (and don't even bother with a bra). Swap your typical jewels for a statement leather harness to finish it off.

Christopher Kane top.
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Photo: Via @ireneisgood.
Irene Kim
The runways and the streets alike are bringing back the legging in a whole new way. Last but not least, blogger-model Irene Kim's been taking her own cues from the shows, and is seen here wearing leather leggings with an embellished sweater, grey coat, and on-trend mini bag.
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Irene's look is easy to recreate — all you need is a pair of faux leather leggings, a bejeweled sweater, and a metallic brogue. Then, just top it off with your favorite trench or longline coat, and a mini bag for just the essentials.
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