4 Fresh Ways to Style Your Leggings Outfit

May 1, 2018 by Dale Chong

Okay, we get it—leggings don’t exactly have the reputation for being the chicest thing in your drawer, but hear us out: when paired with the right rental, your comfiest wardrobe staple can read cool, casual and put together. While you may have initially thought them as the footless version of tights, they’ve become so much more in recent years, thanks to the rise of athleisure. And let’s face it, sometimes you just want to be comfortable. Here’s how to style your leggings outfit like a pro, brought to you by members of the RTR community…

Tip 1: Layer, Layer, Layer (Especially with Tunics for Leggings!)

JACKET: CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE, TOP: RED VALENTINO, BAG: KATE SPADE NEW YORK ACCESSORIES

When choosing a top to pair with black leggings in the chillier months, the longer, the better. Wear your favorite pair with a tunic or a mini dress for a style formula that won’t require a second thought. Layer a casual button-up, light bomber, leather jacket or cardigan to make your outfit look 100% pulled together for the weekend. As for the shoes? You can never go wrong with booties.

Tip 2: Lean into the Athleisure Look with a Sweater and Leggings Outfit

SWEATER: MILLY

As the weather warms up, ditch the layers for a little skin. Go for a model-off-duty look with a cropped sweater or tee to nail the quintessential athleisure uniform. And don’t be afraid to play with something more colorful. The contrast is crisp, easygoing and fun. We love this vibe for a weekend afternoon stroll.

Tip 3: Throw a Pattern into Your Black Leggings Outfit

JACKET: WAVERLY GREY

An item as uncomplicated as leggings often lends itself to letting other pieces stand out. Rent a standout layering piece to give your outfit a playful, polished feel. We recommend prints, bold colors, and asymmetrical hemlines to amp up your leggings.

Tip 4: Choose Shoes to Wear with Leggings Wisely

JACKET: TIBI; BAG, MARNI

While your go-to white sneakers are the obvious shoe pairing, there are plenty of other styles that go with leggings. For occasions that call for you to be more dressed up, a pair of smart loafers or lace-up flats will instantly give your outfit a chic, fashion-editor twist. Want something more casual and comfortable? You can never go wrong with a pair of ankle or moto boots. And when the fall season rolls in, the only shoes you’ll want to wear will be your knee-high and over-the-knee boots. Style with your favorite top and leggings, and you have a full ensemble in a matter of seconds.