How to Wear Leggings in Winter

How to Wear Leggings in Winter

Leggings have been in fashion for a long time, and it seems like they intend to stay. Every year, we see the changes seasons bring to the overall usage of leggings among people. In winters, leggings can be much more comfortable and warmer than your best tights and allow you to wear individual summer items such as skirts and dresses in winters while staying warm.

While many want to continue wearing leggings in winters as well, wearing leggings the same way you did in the summers will not keep you warm. Since they are a traditional summer dressing item, to make leggings work in winter, a few things need to be kept in mind:

1. Use Thicker Material

This might seem obvious, but it’s a great starting point. Leggings made from thicker material like cotton and blends of cotton which contain Lycra not only keep out the cold but will also stay with you longer, even after repeated wearing and washing. Just watch out for the label on leggings to make sure you are buying high-quality and thick fabric leggings.

You can also check this by touching the fabric. High-quality Lycra feels softer and different than full cotton. If you go out to buy a pair, try to squat and bend over to check how comfortable it is.

If you do not want to buy new ones, you can experiment by wearing one or two leggings at a time based on the outside temperature. That will still give you enough room for a skirt or kilt to put on top and will guarantee a lot more freedom than other thicker options like leather leggings or jeggings.

Leather Leggings

Leather leggings are also considered a stylish option. They can also work as a great replacement for denim if you prefer more freedom of movement as they are softer than denim. Leather leggings are also great for colder temperatures with rain and snow because they have a thicker layer than normal leggings and can guard well against the cold and rain.


If you want to go for something lighter, you can wear jeggings. They will give you more stretch and still guard against the cold, but they will not fare too well in rain as compared to leather leggings. They can also work as proper pants.

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2. Go for Darker Colors

Wearing dark-colored leggings will make your legs appear slimmer and leaner. It can be either darker than the color of your top or just black, which will look perfect for you. Darker colors in contrast with lighter tops also create the illusion of slimmer and leaner legs. On top of all that, darker colors also absorb more direct sunlight, so they can keep you warmer.

You can also choose to wear patterned leggings, but make sure to pair them up with simple tops to avoid overdoing patterns and colors.

3. Make the Right Pairing

Long-sleeved shirts and roomy tops are best for pairing with leggings. They look great together. In fact, if you are going out in the cold and want the warmth of sweaters, you can even wear oversized sweaters. If you want to maintain the slimming quality of leggings, make sure your top covers your hip area.

Do not use leggings as a replacement for pants. Doing that and not using long tops is simply too revealing and can make it look like you are not wearing pants. It is better to keep balance in mind from choosing the right color combo to the right size. Not doing any of this correctly can make you look awkward and unfashionable.

One pair of leggings can be your go-to pair if you pair it right it. To give you some idea as to how much versatility there is, here are some of the combinations you can make with just one pair of leggings:

  • A flared dress and wedges
  • A fitted dress, a blazer, and pumps
  • An oversized sweater and ankle boots
  • Layered tops and Oxford flats
  • Long top and flats
  • A fitted top, a flared skirt and riding boots
  • An oversized sweater, a fitted skirt and ankle boots
  • A fitted top, shorts, a cardigan, and boots
  • Workout attire
  • A peplum top, belt, and pumps

If you wear yoga pants as part of your workout attire, make sure you do not use the same pair as a fashionable pair of leggings in your general outfits. They are completely different items for different purposes and should not be exchanged.

4. Footwear Selection

Choosing the right accessories and footwear with your leggings can help you achieve that fashionable look. You can be functional and fashionable with both summer and winter footwear. It’s totally up to you to mix and match, but it’s best to stick with darker colors if you are not too sure about the colors.

If you go for long boots, make sure to tuck in your leggings such that they meet the socks and make sure the boots have a short heel. They will keep you warm when you go outside for a long time.

One of the best combinations is pairing long boots with long coats. This gives a lot of coverage for your leggings. You can pull this off with knee-length leggings as well since the boots will cover up to your knees. This is easily one of the most comfortable winter outfits if you live in a region with a harsher climate. If not, you can go for something lighter such as sneakers and loafers for which you will need full-length leggings.


Leggings are a great and versatile addition to your winter dressing and can help you expand your options when putting together outfits for the season. On top of all that, they are mostly cheap and roomy and come in many fabrics, colors, patterns, and shapes. While going wrong with them is easy, just know that you will fare better at using them if you keep the above tips in mind.

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