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 plus size leggings also mostly apply to wearing any-sized legging.
5 rules for wearing plus size leggings
1. Choose the right fabric
The number one tip for wearing leggings is “make sure you aren’t wearing tights.” What does this mean? Tights are like second skins, and tend to be sheer. A poorly made pair of leggings can mimic that look, and you don’t want that. The biggest leggings fashion faux pas for any lady is to don a pair of tights thinking she’s wearing leggings.
Before you pull out the credit card to buy those leggings, double-check the fabric. At a minimum, you want leggings that feel like thick cotton. Other heavy fabrics (like faux leather) work well too.
2. Choose the size carefully
No matter what your shape is, “squeezed” doesn’t look good on anyone and “tighter” never makes you look thinner. Buy leggings that fit your body. They should fit snuggly throughout the leg and hip without creating a stomach pooch at the waist. If your leggings create muffin top, they’re the wrong size.
3. Wear a hip-length top
What to pair with leggings? The answer is anything that is not tight and/or 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. Wear with confidence
The best accessory for your leggings look is CONFIDENCE. You know, when you hear someone say, she’s got that “je ne se quois,” that’s her confidence talking.
Confidence trumps all fashion rules — wear your clothes as if you look amazing and you will look amazing. Simple, right? Remember to stand up straight, hold your chin up high, and wear your leggings with swagger.
5. Know your go-to leggings outfit that always works
My favorite leggings-look is a tunic, tall boots, a sweater, and a long necklace. Yours might be something different. Experiment until you find that go-to look that’s right for you, and then wear it again and again.
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!