Just because they’re comfy doesn’t mean leggings aren’t stylish. One way to elevate your leggings looks is to wear them with dresses. But, you have to be careful to choose the right dress style to look chic rather than overly casual. In this article, you’ll find all the best dresses to wear with leggings.
What type of dresses go with leggings?
You can pair any length of dress with your leggings. But unless you are wearing your leggings simply for warmth underneath and not to be seen, you will want to ensure your dress is short enough to see your leggings. Alternatively make sure your dress has a leg slit or buttons you can unfasten to create the perfect leggings and dress look.
Your dress over leggings look will also look best if your dress is two-thirds of the overall look and your leggings one-third.
Can you wear leggings with dresses?
Of course. This is a look that has remained on trend for many seasons. Wearing your leggings with a dress is a great way to add warmth so you can wear your dresses in cooler months. Karen @styledbykaren above shows how you could wear leggings with a longer button-down dress and booties.
What to consider when choosing dresses to wear leggings with
What should you think about if you’re shopping your closet or choosing dresses specifically to go with your leggings.
1. The color of your leggings
Darker leggings and jeggings are more versatile than paler or more colorful options. If you want to be sure that your dress and leggings outfit is timeless and flattering, choosing leggings in shades like black, gray and navy is a safe, stylish option.
2. Do you need seamless leggings?
Depending on how tight the dress you wear is, you may want to consider seamless leggings, in the same way you look for seamless underwear. That way, you can ensure you have a smooth silhouette.
3. Re-jig your wardrobe
Thinking about wearing your dresses with leggings means you can wear dresses you might have pushed to the back of your closet again. For example, your shorter dresses might not have been on your radar for a while, but get them back out again and try them on with a pair of black leggings.
4. Show a bit of leg
While you aren’t obviously showing off your legs as such because you are covering with leggings, dresses over leggings work best when you can see your leggings. So look for mini and shorter styles, or longer dresses with a leg split or with buttons so you can show off as much of your leggings as you want.
Leggings to go with dresses
Some of the most versatile leggings you can choose with your dresses are classic black and dark blue jeggings. You could also opt for coated or leather leggings for evening for a more edgy look.
Dresses and leggings outfits
Let’s look at some dresses and leggings combinations to choose from, as well as why our chosen dress styles work with leggings.
Mini dress and leggings
A tunic goes beautifully with leggings. You’ll see plenty of leggings and tunic suggestions in our popular article on how to wear leggings over 40. A mini dress will give you a similar look to a long top. It’s a great way to wear shorter dresses if you don’t want to show off too much leg.
Asymmetric dress and leggings
We’re a huge fan of asymmetry at 40+ Style. Asymmetric dresses are perfect to wear with dresses as the high-low hemline shows off some of your leggings at one side, and the diagonal lines of the hemline add a flattering, elongating effect.
Derek Lam 10 Crosby Maddison Asymmetric Shirtdress – 1822 Denim Butter Jeggings – NYDJ Gabbe Block Heel Booties (Amazon) – Tory Burch Reva Leather Clutch-On-Chain – Chan Luu 18K-Gold-Plated, Citrine & Freshwater Pearl Y Necklace
For a casual option, a t-shirt dress is the perfect choice. Team with your sneakers or booties, and add a shorter blazer or cardigan if you need extra warmth. You can always elevate your look with a statement necklace.
Eileen Fisher Crewneck Wool T-Shirt Dress – 1822 Denim Butter Jeggings – Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Time Off Sneaker – TAKEASY Genuine Leather Italian Tote – Kenneth Jay Lane 14K Gold-Plated & Faux Emerald Glass Stone Toggle Necklace
A shirtdress is a lovely option with leggings, as the flowy lines of the dress contrast well with the tight fit of your leggings. Choose a long tunic style, or opt for a shirtdress with buttons so you can leave a few buttons unfastened at the bottom.
Choose a sweater dress with your leggings to stay cozy in cooler months. Opt for a fitted or looser style, depending on your preference. Both will go well. Add boots or booties and a long coat and you’re ready for any weather.
Vince Camuto Metallic Long Sleeve Rib Sweater Dress – Zella Live In High Waist Leggings – Naturalizer Wrenley Square Toe Boot – MICHAEL Michael Kors Marilyn Medium Satchel – Oscar de la Renta Goldtone & Glass Crystal Drop Earrings
For an evening look, choose a glamorous blazer dress to go with your leggings. Choose coated or leather-look leggings to ensure your outfit has the right level of formality for dinner or drinks.
Karen Millen Structured Crepe Belted Blazer Mini Dress – Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – Naturalizer Wrenley Square Toe Boot – MICHAEL Michael Kors Marilyn Medium Satchel – Kenneth Jay Lane 14K Gold-Plated & Faux Emerald Glass Stone Toggle Necklace
A wrap dress of any length is a great option to go with your leggings. Wear a silky style for evening. Or, for daywear when it’s cool, you can add a turtleneck under your wrap dress and team with leggings and boots.
A white dress goes with absolutely everything, including your leggings. We love the shirt-style dress (below). Team with neutral accessories or add a bright color like red.
Toccin Cotton Poplin Tie-Front Shirtdress –Zella Live In High Waist Leggings – Naturalizer Wrenley Square Toe Boot – MICHAEL Michael Kors Marilyn Medium Satchel – Oscar de la Renta Goldtone & Glass Crystal Drop Earrings
Maxi dress and leggings
A maxi dress can be tricky to wear with leggings unless you’re just adding your leggings for warmth, of course, and you don’t necessarily want them to be seen. Choosing a long shirtdress means you can unbutton your dress from the hem to show off as much of your leggings as you want to.
Alice + Olivia Alice + Olivia X Basquiat Chassidy Belted Shirtdress – Zella Live In High Waist Leggings – Dolce Vita Nadav Ballet Flat – TAKEASY Genuine Leather Italian Tote – Shashi Shashi Lynx 14K Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings –
Your dress and leggings outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see the outfits from above together in one capsule. You can easily wear any of the leggings with any of the dresses.
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