How to wear leggings with heels

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How to wear leggings with heels
Wear boots, kitten heels or pumps to accessorise your leggings. (squating female with leggings and dress image by David Winwood from

Slim, sleek and skintight, leggings are the perfect style staple for a modern woman's wardrobe. While leggings made from leather appeared on runways in 2008, leggings made from jeans--or jeggings--were featured in fashion magazines in 2009. Whether these tight leg coverings are paired with stilettos or chunky high heels, the right shoes transition leggings from day to evening easily.

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Things you need

  • Low-heel boots
  • Kitten-heel shoes
  • Stiletto-heel shoes
  • Platform-heel shoes
  • Chunky-heel shoes

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    Wear low-heel boots for daytime. When paired with leggings and a flowing top, leather or suede boots make for a seamless daytime look. The easiest boots to wear with your leggings are a knee-high style. The perfect pair of boots fit snugly at the leg without digging into your flesh.

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    Pair kitten heels with leggings and a T-shirt. Kitten heels are delicate, low heels that are versatile and easily worn with casual attire. Because most leggings feature black, dark grey or blue hues, wear a light-coloured T-shirt. A cotton T-shirt--in a bold or solid print--is another simple option for a casual work environment. Wear a cardigan sweater in the fall to add polish to your kitten heels and leggings.

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    Be a socialite in your stilettos. According to the Elle website, donning leggings with fancy heels gives the wearer the appearance of a renegade socialite. To complete the look, a fashion-forward woman adds a fitted jacket that is nipped at the waist.

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    Wear bold accessories and platform shoes. To mimic the celebrity style of your favourite movie or music star, wear leggings with platform shoes, several silver bangles and large, round sunglasses.

  5. 5

    Polish your look with black heels and bold accessories. Statement jewellery, a designer handbag and classic black pumps turn your leggings from biker chic to glam goddess instantly.

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    Choose a thick or chunky heel. The heavier the shoe, the more casual the overall look becomes. Because the stacked heel is the most comfortable of all the high-heel styles, choose this style for work or occasions where walking long distances is required. Wear thick-heel shoes for a lunch date or a casual dinner with friends.

Tips and warnings

  • The best boots to wear with leggings should hug your leg just under the knee. To ensure a snug and comfortable fit when you wear leggings, select a pair of boots with an adjustable buckle at the top.

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