When it comes to the comfiest of clothing, leggings may be at the top of the list. They’re stretchy, flattering, and—when worn properly—can also avoid the whole “leggings aren’t pants” debate. To wear them well requires strategic styling, but it’s definitely worth mastering the effort. Ahead, we’re highlighting five different pairs in classic black (but some of the fabrications will surprise you). Keep scrolling for inspiration on how to style our favorite picks like a pro.
Using sleek leather leggings as the base, look to of-the-moment styles to create a statement-making outfit. A duster-length coat steals the show, especially when complemented with a plush sweater. Add a pair of animal-print bootsto elongate your legs and finish with modern accessories.
Balance out the gentle sheen of these velvet leggings with a few wardrobe staples. A slouchy cardigan and oversized button-down is not only a timeless pairing, they also give the perfect amount of coverage to your derrière. Tie the whole look together with bold flats and a coordinating bag.
Arguably the most popular of their kind (and for good reason), cotton leggings are durable, breathable, and versatile, too. Look for a pair with an extra-high waistband to smooth out your silhouette, then style them with a bomber jacket layered over a lightweight hoodie. Round out the look with retro-inspired high-top sneakers for a look that is both relaxed and stylish.
Though these tech leggings are technically designed for working out, they’re just too good to only wear at the gym. For chillier days, look to a flannel shirt and jacket to keep warm. Add to the street-style vibe of the outfit with lug-sole boots and a beanie.
Detailed with a faux-fly design, these thick leggings give the illusion of pants without compromising on comfort. Begin with a tunic-style sweater, then add on the accessories to take this look to the next level. A wide-brim hat and over-the-knee boots make this otherwise simple outfit feel impossibly chic.