13 Ways to Make Your Leggings Fancier

Emma Spedding
·3-min read

Leggings seem to yo-yo in and out of favour within fashion circles, but in 2020, the chicest of dressers are revisiting black leggings. Tight-fitting trousers are rapidly regaining popularity, as many influencers and buyers are wearing skinny jeans and slim-fitting leggings—and not just with slippers for waist-up outfits for Zoom calls. The key to making them feel 2020 is to play with proportions, however, and contrast the tightness of the legs with oversize knitwear, huge boots and smart pieces you wouldn't typically expect to wear with leggings.

Think of black leggings as your base layer. Then, add on either a pair of chunky tread-sole or hiking boots or elegant knee-high leather boots, and pile on the expensive-looking knitwear, from zip-front jumpers to camel crew-necks. The key to making leggings look put-together in 2020 is to pay attention to the details. Finish off your outfit with a beautiful handbag, a statement chain necklace or even a pair of statement heels. Stop thinking about leggings as something you wear for weekends, but as an alternative to a smarter pair of black tailored trousers or jeans.

Keep scrolling to see how the fashion crowd is styling leggings in 2020.

1. Black Leggings + Black Sweatshirt + Nylon Bag

Ernest Leoty Corset Legging (£130)

Ninety Percent Stephanie Organic Cotton-Terry Sweatshirt (£65)

Prada Tessuto Textured Leather-Trimmed Nylon Tote (£770)

2. Leggings + Vinyl Trench + Over-the-Knee Boots

ASOS Design Croc Vinyl Trench Coat in Brown (£75)

Paris Texas Knee-High Leather Boots (£490)

Saint Laurent Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses (£270)

3. Leggings + Knee-High Boots + Camel Knitwear

Joseph Ribbed-Knit Wool Sweater (£295)

Johnstons of Elgin Fringed Cashmere Scarf (£99)

Joseph Gabardine Stretch Legging (£195)

Dune London Spice - Pointed Stiletto Knee High Heeled Boots (£195)

4. Leggings + Track-Sole Boots + Clutch Bag

Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)

Ernest Leoty Performance Stretch Leggings (£100)

& Other Stories Chunky Leather Chelsea Boots (£135)

Bottega Veneta The Pouch Large Gathered Leather Clutch (£1990)

5. Leather Blazer + Leggings + Loafers

Arket Leather Blazer (£290)

Celine Open-Neck Jumper (£690)

Zara Ribbed Flared Leggings (£20)

M&S Leather Square Toe Pumps (£35)

6. Leggings + Half-Tucked Shirt + Heels

Asos Design Long Sleeve Oversized Shirt in Mono Spot Print (£28)

ASOS Design Curve Leggings With Deep Waistband (£10)

René Caovilla Bessie Crystal-Embellished Satin Mules (£670)

7. Split-Front Leggings + Sweatshirt + Sliders

Agolde Pink Dégradé Cotton Sweatshirt (£150)

Zara Contrast Leggings (£26)

Proenza Schouler + Birkenstock Arizona Topstitched Glossed-Leather Sandals (£330)

Bottega Veneta Jodie Small Knotted Intrecciato Leather Tote (£2465)

8. Blazer + Leggings + Knee-High Boots

& Other Stories Wool Blend Oversized Blazer (£165)

J Brand Dellah High-Rise Skinny Jeans (£230)

3.1 Phillip Lim Tess Croc-Effect Leather Knee Boots (£725)

9. Leggings + Trench + New Balance Trainers

Nike Court Layered Dri-FIT and Mesh Tank (£40)

Asos 4505 Yoga Capri Legging (£20)

King & Tuckfield Two-Tone Cotton-Drill Trench Coat (£750)

10. Boxy Blazer + Cropped Leggings + Flats

Frankie Shop Elvira Crepe Blazer (£330)

Spanx Look at Me Now Stretch-Jersey Leggings (£58)

By Far Mini Croc-Effect Leather Tote (£410)

11. Stripe Knit + Split-Front Leggings + Strappy Heels

& Other Stories Front Slit Leggings (£55)

& Other Stories Split Front Jersey Kick Flare Trousers in Black (£55)

Studio Amelia 2.42 Leather Sandals (£265)

12. Leggings + Leather Bomber + Chunky Boots

& Other Stories Padded Leather Jacket (£349)

H&M Seamless Leggings (£18)

Ann Demeulemeester Leather Ankle Boots (£660)

13. Leggings + White Shirt + Loafers

Totême Capri Cotton-Poplin Shirt (£200)

& Other Stories Fitted Zipper Leggings (£55)

Porte & Paire Chain-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats (£190)

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn winter 2020.

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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