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January 26, 2016

Leggings: Looks for Casual Days, A Night Out, & Yes, Even Work

This week’s Clothes & Conversation, “ Leggings: Making your Secret Wardrobe Best Friend Work for you” is all about our best frenemy – leggings. Once you’ve had a chance to read up on why we call them that, you’re ready to dive in to the outfits we’re putting together with them here. We’ve got 3 below:
Casual: Casual days are always legging-right. Sure, there are those made for the gym. But we’re talking about the ones you’ll wear to grab coffee/lunch with friends, run errands, catch a movie, or even catch up on work. A more substantial material makes them more flattering than a thinner fabric and easier to feel good about wearing them out and about. Versions with pants details, like faux pockets, make them a perfectly appropriate bottom to wear with tops of varying lengths – though we suggest staying away from anything too short.
Work: If you work in a suits-only, conservative environment, this one isn’t for you. But for many of us, the work place is more casual and that’s where lines can often be blurred. Leggings can still be appropriate, but we suggest wearing thinner ones as an alternative to tights under a dress or thicker ones that can be worn with longer button downs and jackets or chic, long sweaters and boots.
Night Out: This isn’t Olivia Newton-John in the final scene of “Grease”, but a coated or leather option with the right silky knit or drapey blouse and a sexy shoe will have you ready for a date night or fun outing with friends.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. We know you have an opinion on this controversial essential;). Remember, whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/4122011331721.jsp#/
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AG Jeans - AG Knit Leggings
AG Knit Leggings
AG Jeans
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Why is it a Find? AG has come up with a great way to do leggings, straddling the line between comfy basic leggings and a versatile pair of jeans. With a more substantial fabric, they are opaque and don’t get that shine of thinner leggings. Plus, your behind gets the perk of back pockets giving you more flexibility in what you wear with them.
Wear it with: We’re showing lots of ways to wear your leggings, and an easy-fitting drapey denim shirt and beautiful ivory open cardigan, both from Joie, will look great for errands, a casual day at the office, or to catch a movie.
Fit Tip: AG is known for their contemporary denim with a fit that’s not too skinny, and works for petite and taller ladies alike. These are sized the same, in 24-31- go with your normal jeans size.
Alternatives: They come in denim-like version, too, for that look of jeans with the comfort of leggings.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-slim-fit-leggings/3035710 Zella - Live In Slim Fit Leggings
Zella - Live In Slim Fit Leggings
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Zella - Live In Slim Fit Leggings
Live In Slim Fit Leggings
Zella
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CASUAL LOOK
Why is it a Find? These leggings are one of Nordstrom’s best sellers – check out the thousands of reviews through the ‘shop it’ button that agree with us. These are simple, not sheer, and substantial with very reasonable price tag. Sure, you can wear them to the gym, but they are certainly nice enough for a day of errands, too.
Wear it with: The casual look we’ve put together here.
Fit Tip: From XXS to XL, these work on most every body type. The wide waist band smooths and helps prevent muffin top and love handles.
Alternatives: In Clothes & Conversation, we highlighted another casual option, from Sanctuary, which would also work well in this look.
https://www.everlane.com/collections/womens-sweaters/products/womens-waffle-tunic-charcoalheather Everlane - Waffle Knit Tunic
Everlane - Waffle Knit Tunic
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Everlane - Waffle Knit Tunic
Waffle Knit Tunic
Everlane
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Why is it a Find? Everlane’s business model of pricing transparency – selling only through their website to keep costs down – gives you an especially great price for the quality, and their emphasis on staple pieces make them the perfect resource for an easy sweater to go with basic leggings. This tunic is made of 100% extra fine merino wool so it’s soft and cozy. The waffle knit and split seam at the hem give it just enough timeless style to give a little polish to your leggings.
Fit Tip: This is meant to be an easy, over-sized fit. You can size down if you are petite or between sizes and still get the same relaxed look.
Alternatives: It comes in navy through the ‘shop it’ button, too. And There are a lot of ways to change this look up that are just as simple. If you are Petite, Everlane’s chunky knit marled sweater will be a great length with leggings and have the same substantial and finished look, so you won’t look sloppy. They also offer a button-front cardigan if you prefer to layer over your favorite tee or tank. They’ve even got a double-knit mockneck in a hip-length and a longer version that is pure polished comfort.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/la-fiorentina-print-scarf/4219425 La Fiorentina - Print Scarf
La Fiorentina - Print Scarf
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La Fiorentina - Print Scarf
Print Scarf
La Fiorentina
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Why is it a Find? The neutral palette of the grey sweater and black leggings in this look are the perfect backdrop for La Fiorentina’s pop of beautiful color. The zig zag stripe is full of purples and pinks that are wonderfully flattering for most every skin tone and the wool/cashmere fabric is a lightweight knit, nicely balancing the cozy sweater.
Wear it with: Like it does in this outfit, this scarf pops any neutrals – black, white, navy, camel, grey. Wear it with your sweater, tee, and of course, your coat.
Alternatives: Any pop of color will work with this neutral outfit – kate spade new york has a hot pink plaid, soft pink floral, and soft black/grey/ivory dot combination that would all bring a little cheer to your day.
http://mgemi.com/w/the-coperta/the-coperta/03_1001_66.html#!/color/021 M. Gemi - The Coperta
M. Gemi - The Coperta
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M. Gemi - The Coperta
The Coperta
M. Gemi
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Why is it a Find? Oh, these are so great for those days when you’re going to be in the car, hopping in & out for errands or dropping the kids at school/activities. The shearling lining feels like a hug, yet – unlike the chunky shearling boots everyone always wears - they create a stylish finish. This brand, M. Gemi, offers free shipping and returns through the ‘shop it’ button. But better than that, they really pay attention to quality, making their shoes in Italy with an artisan approach to ensure their shoes are stylishly unique and wonderfully well made – without a ridiculous price tag.
Wear it with: Besides leggings, these cozy driving moccasins look great with twill and cotton pants, slim black basics, jeans – especially skinny and boyfriend styles, and even those cute sweats you have.
Alternatives: Frye’s shearling lined lace-up bootie is a cozy alternative if you’re going to be spending more time walking around outside.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446855509 Rag & Bone - Simone Skinny Pants
Rag & Bone - Simone Skinny Pants
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Rag & Bone - Simone Skinny Pants
Simone Skinny Pants
Rag & Bone
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WORK LOOK
Why is it a Find? Rag & Bone’s skinny pants are the right way to wear leggings for work. They have a very polished look that can be worn year round, with their high quality thick ponte fabric and smooth lines. In a true, deep navy (shown) or black, you’ll get the stretchy comfort of leggings, but they have more structure so you’ll absolutely won’t feel sloppy and you’ll look very pulled together.
Wear it with: The work-ready look we’ve put together here. (The black version will work with all of these pieces, as well.)
Fit Tip: This is a contemporary fit. If you are between sizes, you can size up and they shouldn’t be baggy thanks to the weighty fabric that holds it’s shape really well. The higher rise helps you avoid creating any lumpy bits, and the seamless back zip finishes the smooth line for an invisible finish under all your tops. Meant to hit just at your ankle bone, you can wear them with booties now and flats or open shoes once it gets warmer.
Alternatives: Rebecca Taylor’s stretch twill pants have a touch more of a dark denim look, with a contemporary fit that is a bit more relaxed than Rag & Bone’s, but with a similar high rise and stylish look.
http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=86577&vid=1&pid=722703012 Banana Republic - Speckled Navy Hacking Jacket
Banana Republic -  Speckled Navy Hacking Jacket
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Banana Republic -  Speckled Navy Hacking Jacket
Speckled Navy Hacking Jacket
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Why is it a Find? We are all about mixing brands of various price points – we believe in the pieces of clothing, not who makes them, to create a rich look. Banana Republic proves that you don’t always need to spend a lot to get a stylish work-ready jacket. The tweed-like navy fabric feels great and the mix of color works really well with the navy of the featured pants in this look. You’ll be able to wear it now and once the weather starts to warm up.
Wear it with: Besides this outfit, this blazer looks great with jeans and a white button down or tank, and can also work with black pants. Don’t be afraid to mix navy and black – it’s very chic.
Fit Tip: Banana Republic has a modern fit, and this is cut to be relaxed and easy – ideal for the skinnier silhouette of the pants. It comes in 0-16, Petite and Tall. If you are between sizes, we suggest sizing down.
Alternatives: Elie Tahari’s longer, single-button black blazer, Vince’s long ribbed cardigan, or Nic + Zoe’s tailored sweater that has the look of a cardigan or sleek jacket, are all long enough to work with the black version of the pants in this look.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shirtsandtops/casualshirts/PRDOVR~07678/07678.jsp J.Crew - Selvedge Chambray Shirt
J.Crew - Selvedge Chambray Shirt
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J.Crew - Selvedge Chambray Shirt
Selvedge Chambray Shirt
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Why is it a Find? Denim, in any form, is a big trend as Spring approaches (it IS approaching, really). This J.Crew chambray shirt is one of our favorite interpretations so far, in just the right shade of blue that works with the shades of navy in this outfit. The fabric is lovely and the chest pockets add a little sporty style that still works under a jacket for the office – and is flattering for all chest sizes.
Wear it with: In addition to the pieces we’re showing it with here, this shirt works with jeans of almost any shade, from the darkest blues and greys/black to pure white. And it works as a neutral with all the pastels and brights that you’ll be wearing this upcoming season – pants and skirts, alike.
Fit Tip: This is J.Crew’s typically modern fit. In 000-16, it’s not over-sized but not skinny, making it easy to layer under the jacket shown and great on its own.
Alternatives: If you work in a creative environment, RAILS denim tonal plaid is a soft and stylish favorite that looks great with the tweed of the jacket. AYR offers a dark denim that has a really polished finish with a great drape that also looks great with this jacket and pants.
http://www.6pm.com/product/8584861/color/3?zhlfid=139&kpid=36376534 Tommy Bahama - Laika
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Why is it a Find? These Tommy Bahama booties are a steal! But we’d love them even if they weren’t. They come up just high enough on the leg to accommodate all the cropped pant lengths this season – including the ones featured in this look. The block heel is not only stylish, it’s downright practical.
Wear it with: You can wear these with tights and a skirt, a maxi dress, and wide leg pants, too. They’re a workhorse.
Alternatives: As long as the pants hit just around your ankle (which they will unless you are on the taller side), these Frye booties will give you the same look. Rag & Bone’s Harrow Booties are a touch edgier and one of our absolute favorites of the season if you work in a more creative environment.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/james-jeans-leggings-midnight-glossed/4154163 James Jeans - Leggings
James Jeans - Leggings
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James Jeans
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NIGHT OUT LOOK
Why is it a Find? These James Jeans coated leggings seem to have a bit of a magical quality – the stretchy fabric hugs in your legs (not in an uncomfortable way) that results in a super sexy look. Not overly shiny, they have back pockets and faux front pockets, so they look like jeans, but pull on like typical leggings.
Wear it with: The night out look we have right here.
Fit Tip: These are a contemporary fit, with great stretch. If you’re between sizes, you can size up and they shouldn’t be baggy at the knees.
Alternatives: In Clothes & Conversation, we highlighted leather-like night out option from Paige, which would also work well in this look.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-dresses/4130212067197.jsp#/ Dolan Left Coast - Layered Luna Dress
Dolan Left Coast - Layered Luna Dress
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Dolan Left Coast - Layered Luna Dress
Layered Luna Dress
Dolan Left Coast
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Why is it a Find? This knit dress is simply so, so chic over the coated leggings in this look. The marled grey (the soft yarn mixes shades of grey and white) and ribbed knit keeps it from feeling stuffy and the lining helps keep things looking smooth. And it's on sale for a steal!
Wear it with: It is lined, so once the weather warms you can wear it on its own with cute sandals and a long necklace.
Fit Tip: This dress is straight, not super skinny, so it will skim your body and you can go with your normal size. It’s offered in XS-XL, and Petite, which is ideal for the shorter ladies. The v-neck isn’t too low and looks great on its own or with a stylish necklace. And the armholes aren’t too big, so you won’t see your bra.
Alternatives: This comes in a navy and beige version through the ‘shop it’ button, too. Instead of a dress, NYDJ’s simple tunic is still long enough to work with the leggings, and offers a pretty pop of color. If you prefer a sleeve, Joie’s ivory silk ruffle blouse is a beautifully feminine accent to the edgier leggings.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-klina-split-cuff-ribbed-wool-cardigan/4156460 Theory - Klina Split Cuff Ribbed Wool Cardigan
Theory - Klina Split Cuff Ribbed Wool Cardigan
Why is it a Find? In the cold weather (or if you just prefer to cover your arms), Theory’s timeless cardigan offers the right proportion over this outfit’s dress and leggings combo. The simplicity is just right – there are no buttons, and the cuffs have a stylish split that is the perfect finishing touch to the modern, longer length of the sleeves.
Wear it with: We’re showing it as part of night out look, and the simplicity of this cardigan easily works with a pencil skirt, sheath, or any wool pants for the office.
Fit Tip: Theory’s contemporary fit is trim, but not super skinny. This, along with the high hip length, works really well over the dress.
Alternatives: DVF’s ballerina wrap sweater is a feminine, sexy alternative, while Vince’s ribbed cardigan offers a long, lean option that is really smart looking. If you choose one of the blouse alternatives we’ve offered to the dress, adding this well-priced tuxedo blazer provides the perfect menswear inspired finish.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/delman-baci-ankle-boot/4070769 Delman - Baci Ankle Bootie
Delman - Baci Ankle Bootie
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Delman - Baci Ankle Bootie
Baci Ankle Bootie
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Why is it a Find? The powerful and feminine combination in this outfit calls for sexy heels. And in the cold weather, this Delman bootie is the answer. The pointy toe and slim heel elongate the leg, and the coated leggings will slip under the stretchy throat of these booties with ease. Unlike many pull-on booties, they use a wooly looking fabric to conceal the stretchy material - and adds a nice tie-in to all the cozy sweater materials worn all Winter. Delman makes timeless, high-quality shoes and these are no exception.
Wear it with: In addition to the look we’re showing here, these booties look posh with any tailored pants, are sexy with skinny or flare jeans, and can be paired with tights for a skirt or dress, too.
Alternatives: Kate spade new york offers a similar version with a lower heel, in suede. And we are obsessed with these Joie’s suede booties - the cut-outs make them a sexy option for a Winter night out.
 

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