I'm A Fashion Editor, & Yes, I Wear Leggings As Pants

If you refuse to wear leggings as pants, you're playing yourself. Not only are they comfortable, flattering, and easy to pack (and/or wear on a plane), but they can also make an outfit in a way no jeans, cords, or khakis could. Trust me: As a fashion editor, I never thought I'd see the day I'd not only be wearing — but making a case for — leggings outside of the gym. But that day has come and to me, there's no looking back.

In fact, I actually live in leggings come wintertime. Their stretch, silhouette, and nod to athleticism help me achieve the urban-après-ski mood board that I compile for myself every December. They're designed for warmth, which means they one-up your breezier bottoms. And even if you strip away the decided athletic vibe, there are ways to style them for round-the-calendar wear. Case in point: the legging tuxedo, a ballet-inspired outfit even non-dancers can pull off, and a head-to-toe weekend look you can recreate right now. Ahead, a week's worth of easy-to-copy legging looks to embolden your not-so-secret obsession.

Photo: Courtesy of Annie Georgia Greenberg.
The Legging Tuxedo
Who says you can't wear leggings to an evening function? In faux leather textures, these Aritzia numbers look as at home with heels, a basic T-shirt, and dressed-up blazer as they would with sneakers and a sweatshirt. Perfect for: work-to-drink wear.

Vince top, Aritzia leggings, DVF blazer, Kate Spade shoes, vintage bag.
Photo: Courtesy of Annie Georgia Greenberg.
The Business Legging
Forget what you heard about stretch-pant silhouettes, leggings now come in all different shapes. Take, for example, these Vince high-waisted stitch-fronts that I'd wear to work, no matter my meeting schedule. Because they're not so tight around the ankles, I'm able to pair them with a more ladylike shoe and play with proportions by way of a serious button-up and blazer combination.

Arias top, Vince leggings, H&M blazer,Carel shoes, ASOS sunglasses.
Photo: Courtesy of Annie Georgia Greenberg.
The Legging Sandwich
One blessed thing about leggings not to be over looked is how streamlined they are. Especially when they're Spanx leggings. This means you can go to town with all those chunky knits you haven't been able to make sense of this season. Pair with an equally formidable pair of over-the-knee boots and you've got yourself a perfectly balanced look.

Topshop turtleneck, vintage sweater, Spanx leggings, All Saints shoes, Gucci bag.
Photo: Courtesy of Annie Georgia Greenberg.
The Lace-N-Leggings Secret
Running pants and romance don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, but that's what I love about this lace and Nike leggings look: it's unexpected. Not to mention it helps make use of the sheer dresses and skirts you've moved to the back of your closet for winter.

Reformation sweater, Tibi skirt, Nike leggings, Aska shoes.
Photo: Courtesy of Annie Georgia Greenberg.
The Ballerina Look
Leggings are most spotted at the gym, but don't forget their place in the dance studio. By coupling your favorite pair with a slip dress, wrap sweater, and flats, you can dress the part of an off-duty ballerina and look fit for center stage, at that.

DVF sweater, Silk Laundry dress, Bandier leggings, Proenza Schouler shoes.
Photo: Courtesy of Annie Georgia Greenberg.
The Ultimate Groutfit
All-black everything is a go-to color palette for workout wear. But lately, I've been loving shades of gray, since a monochromatic look like this one feels decidedly athletic and laid back at the same time. This weekend-ready outfit can take me from the gym to brunch — that is, if I decide to wake up in time for boxing class.

Reformation turtleneck, Aritzia sweater, Outdoor Voices leggings, Gap jacket, Ganni shoes.
Photo: Courtesy of Annie Georgia Greenberg.
The Colorful Stems Look
As I've gone deeper down the leggings rabbit hole, I've started embracing color. And, I gotta tell ya, it's been fun. This mod powder-blue and orange combination couldn't have been accomplished without the wide-ranging options from Girlfriend Collective, whose offerings are made from recycled plastic.

Courrèges sweater, Girlfriend Collective leggings, Saint Laurent jacket, Proenza Schouler shoes.
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