How to Wear Plus Size Leggings (Without Looking Ridiculous)


It’s an ever-lasting debate for women of all shapes and sizes: How Do I Wear Leggings Without Looking Ridiculous? Luckily, it’s really quite simple, and the best tips for wearing leggings work for women from petite to plus.How to Wear Plus Size Leggings Stylishly

1. Fabric: The number ONE tip for wearing leggings is “make sure you aren’t wearing tights.” What does this mean? Well, the biggest offense for any lady is to don a pair of TIGHTS thinking she’s wearing leggings. Tights are like second skins, and tend to be sheer. So, make sure to double-check your purchase and opt for those that feel like thick cotton.

2. Size

Plus Size Leggings

No matter how more or less curvy you are, “squeezed” doesn’t look good on anyone. Buy the right-sized leggings, which means that they are fitted throughout the leg and hip, but don’t create a pooch of stomach at the waist band. “Muffin top” is legging’s worst friend, and no, tighter doesn’t make anyone look thinner.

3. Top: What to pair with leggings? The answer is anything that is not skin tight and short. Any top that hits at the hip or below is ideal, and choose one that leaves a little room to wiggle. Tunics, over-sized sweaters, dresses, and long shirts are great for every woman.

4. Pride: The best thing you can accessorize with your legging-look is CONFIDENCE. It’s that “je ne se quois,” that “she looks great and I’m just..not……is” – it’s what makes you shine, so remember to stand up straight, hold your chin up high, and wear your leggings with swagger.

5. The Look

Plus Size Leggings

My favorite legging-look is a tunic, tall boots, a sweater, and a long necklace (all available in plus-size). Legging – Hue, $28. Tunic – Forever 21, $19.80. Boots – (wide calf) One Stop Plus ($54).

Want More Plus Size Fashion? Check out this video of the Isabel Toledo line at Lane Bryant.

Note: This article was inspired by a question from one of our readers, Ehoover51, who asked:

“I’m not skinny so I’m holding off on the leggings. Any advice on how to wear them without looking ridiculous?”

Hope this guide helps, Ehoover!

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  1. Guest says

    Wear pajamas instead and stay home. Or put on some exercise pants and get on the treadmill already. Ick. There’s “curvy” and there’s FAT. So sick and tired of “curvy” being a euphemism for lard-bucket. Who are these people, fifty shades of Chris Christie in drag?

    • Ashley L. says

       That’s a really hateful thing to say about people you don’t even know.  I suggest you work on your own faults before you start ragging on strangers, unless, that is, you’re already perfect…

  2. Bree says

    I dont think leggings / jeggings / tight jeans look great on every one lol. im 4’10 so i have a “shape” and they fit my body type but its always hard to find a top to go with it so i dont really wear them out the house.. Unless they look just like jeans and have jean like material and arent as tight as reg. jeggings .. I dont think they look good on plus size or bigger people though but thats just my opinion..

    • says

      Thanks for your two cents, Bree! Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all rule here given our body diversity, so I agree that it’s important that we take note of our own body types and see if it really does fit us.That said, I’m size 16 and I love rocking leggings with dresses I wouldn’t dare wear with just my bare legs! =)

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