We’re about to get very contentious and just say it–leggings are pants. Unpopular opinion but we repeat: Leggings and pants are one and the same. Eschew every obnoxious fashion rule you’ve heard, and opt for the comfier alternative to high-waisted denim jeans that can be chic enough for—dare we say—the office. If you’re onboard to wear your favourite leggings on the reg but still wondering, “How do I make my leggings actually look like pants?” be inspired by these killer street style looks and shop our must-have pairs you’ll want to live in every day.
Take a cue from Kim Kardashian’s sometimes go-to style maven Christine Centenera and pair your leggings with a longline blazer and structured shirt. Add white heels for a modern take on this classic ensemble.
Or, opt for patent brogues and French-girl accessories for a new take on buisness cassual.
Try, Spanx High Waisted Look at Me Now Leggings (approx $112.00; at shopbob.com.au)
With a double layered waistband and a cropped length, these Spanx high waisted leggings are a wardrobe staple that won’t let you down. A matte finish jersey and no logo insight – no one will guess you’re wearing them.
It turns out Olivia Palermo is just like us! While the street-style queen might be perfectly accessorised while on-duty, Olivia also gets-around her hometown of New York in her gym tights.
Fans might have already caught Palermo’s athleisure uniform (an oversized jacket, tights, sleek low-bun, sunglasses and, of course, sneakers) during her regular walks with her dog, Mr Butler.
Try, Koral Activewear Aden Leggings (approx. $127; at shopbob.com.au)
Palermo reportedly swears by Koral tights, having been spotted in the brand’s chic bottoms on more than one occasion.
A cropped knit and oversized coat is the perfect winter combo to pair with your favourite pair of high-waisted leggings. Finish the look with statement motorcycle boots for an effortless cool-girl edge.
A beige or caramel-hued coat is the perfect outwear option. Case in point? This comfy street style look. Team with a neutral sweater and chunky Dad sneakers.
Try, ASOS DESIGN leggings with deep waistband ($20; at asos.com.au)
These budget-friendly leggings feature a thick waistband that will stay put all day. At just $20 a pop, we’ll take two thanks.
Make It Pop
Style you high waisted leggings with a vibrant puffer jacket just like Gigi Hadid for a funky street style look that ticks all the right boxes this season.
If you’re guilty of stepping out in head-to-toe black year-round, we’ve got the outfit solution just for you. Lighten up with an oversized denim jacket. It’s a ’90s fashion staple that is having a moment this season.
Try, Reebok Gigi Leggings in Black ($80; at stylerunner.com.au)
Taking its design cues from Gigi herself, these sporty leggings will take your ensemble to supermodel-worthy heights. Designed with a high-rise waist, these leggings work to support your core while a full-leg design creates a flattering silhouette
Add A Leather Jacket
Leave it to Chrissy Teigen to step out in a crop-top and leggings while pregnant and still look like she’s stepping onto a runway. the former model dressed her activewear up with the addition of a cap and moto-jacket.
Need more proof your leather jacket and high waisted tights are a match made in heaven? Here’s another killer model-off-duty look featuring your new winter combo.
Try, P.E. Nation Defending Strike Leggings ($119; at theiconic.com.au)
Imbued with a distinct retro-athletic aesthetic, these quirky leggings will set you apart from the crowd.
Inspired by traditional riding pants, the stirrup legging is back in a big way for 2019. Impossibly chic? You bet.
Try, Marni Stirrup trousers ($433; at mytheresa.com/en-au)
The retro-inspired design comes in stark black with stitched pleats at the front adding a formal touch. Wear yours with a dressy top for bold elegance.
The latest trend getting a major reboot is yet another one which comes directly from the 1990s. According to the Pinterest 100 Report, the site has seen an increase of 203 per cent in saves for “logos” globally since last year, confirming what we already knew: logomania is back.
Wear your favourite brand on your, erm, leg – and step out with a design that features a bold logo print. Or let the rest of your outfit do the talking, just like this off-duty outfit.
Try, Nike Sportswear Leg-A-See Futura Leggings ($65; at theiconic.com.au)
These high-waisted leggings are cut from cotton-rich jersey and stamped with the brand’s classic Sportswear logo.