Are leggings appropriate for work? Yes and no. Business looks have changed over the decades. When women entered the workplace, was considered inappropriate for women to wear anything less than skirts or tailored trousers. Now, more and more offices are adapting a more “business casual” approach when it comes to outfits.
When it comes to leggings in the workplace, it really depends on the type of legging and what you pair with them. In this post we will go over what to wear (and not to wear) in the office when it comes to leggings, along with outfit ideas and ways to wear your comfy leggings at work.
WHITE BUTTON DOWN
You can’t go wrong with a classic white button down top and (faux) leather leggings. Go for a tailored skirt dress to get a little more business feel. Worried about losing your shape? Add a belt to cinch in your waist. The best part of this look is that you can dress it up or down with your footwear and accessories.
PRODUCTS: Colombiana - Eva Butt Lift Leggings SC2011 / Intermix - Xirena Beau Button-Down Shirt / Kate Spade - Spencer Universal Laptop Bag / Saks Fifth Avenue - Adriana Orsini Veritas Earrings / Saks Fifth Avenue - Michael Kors Mini Bradshaw Watch / Cettire - Michael Kors Logo Plaque Loafers
Why do offices tend to be freezing? If your workplace is like most, you know that becoming a popsicle is inevitable. A great way to dress for a cold office is wearing an oversized sweater. We recommend going for a mid-thigh length sweater to pair with your leggings.
PRODUCTS: Colombiana - Elektra Butt Lift Leggings NS801 / L.L. Bean - Women's Ragg Sweater / Kate Spade - Marti Large Tote / Gorjana - Luna Ring Set / DSW - Kelly & Katie Yona Chelsea Boot
Did you stay up late binge watching the newest episodes of your favorite show on Netflix and now having a rough start to your morning? Yes, I might be speaking from experience. Then throwing on a long cardigan over your leggings is a great option to look put together real quick. Pair it with a tank top or blouse for a simple and easy look.
PRODUCTS: Colombiana - Paula Butt Lift Leggings / L.L. Bean - SoftFlex Long Open Cardigan / Mytheresa - Vince Cotton Shirt / Kate Spade - Classic Medium Satchel / Kate Spade - Stop and Smell the Roses Idiom Bangle / Ssense - Repettio Black Lili Ballerina Flats
A FEW TIPS
Avoid anything too revealing. We all know that not all leggings are created equal, especially when it comes to quality and level of sheerness. No one wants their peach hanging out but especially in a professional setting. Go for a thicker material that will not reveal your lady parts. Opting for longer tops, like mentioned above, will help you err on the side of caution.
Avoid cropped leggings. Just because you might be running around the office putting out fires like a boss, doesn’t mean it is your workout for the day. Shorter leggings give off a more athletic vibe so go for a pair of full-length leggings.
Avoid prints and vibrant colors. Get noticed for your hard work, not your leggings. Loud attire can be distracting for the office so stick to dark neutral solid colors. They are more professional and appropriate for the office.
Wear a longer and looser-fitting tops. Leggings are designed to be tight so choose a top that is a little longer to give you extra coverage in an office setting. Remember, it is all about balance when it comes to fashion.