An Ode to the Classic Black Legging (And How to Wear Them)

There's no fall staple piece quite like a classic pair of black leggings. 

Black leggings may feel basic, but they're actually the perfect base for all of your fall outfits. Not only do they seamlessly transition between temperatures and seasons, but they can be styled appropriately for a casual day, work, or even a night out. Black leggings have evolved far beyond athleisure into a whole new world of wardrobe MVPs, so get ready to wear them nonstop in the next few weeks. Below, Arielle shows us how to style black leggings for just about any occasion–read on for all the OOTD inspo you could ever need.

Add a Sweatshirt and Sneakers for a Casual Day

For a casual look or a busy day running errands, lean into the comfort factor of black leggings. Plan on pairing them with functional basics like a sweatshirt and sneakers. A tie-dye sweatshirt like this Myrrhe one adds a pop of color to the outfit, while classic white sneakers are always a good idea. Add some colorful jewelry, like the Forte Bead bracelet by Carolina Bucci, as a finishing touch. 

Dress Up Your Leggings With a Chic Jacket and Boots

For a dressier look that is still supremely comfortable, pair your favorite black leggings with a basic white shirt (we love the Junko Crewneck Tee!) and a chic cropped jacket with faux-fur detailing. A pair of super cozy boots, like this style by Sorel, will keep you warm and toasty no matter what temperatures are in store. A classic handbag will round out the ensemble–of course, you can't go wrong with Chanel

Business-Appropriate Black Leggings

Yes, you can get away with wearing black leggings to work–just make sure the rest of your outfit is polished and professional. A classic tailored blazer, like this Theory style, over a white top (we love Jason Scott's Standard Tank!) will instantly dress up the whole ensemble. You can opt for a legging and trouser hybrid, like this pair from The Row, for a put-together look that is still incredibly comfortable. 

Dress to Impress in Heels and a Statement Coat

Black leggings are the perfect base for a statement-making look. Add your favorite pair of heels, like the Caitlin Bootie from ba&sh, with a sleek black top like the Sara Long Sleeve Top, styled with your fuzziest, biggest, most over-the-top coat on top. It's a showstopping combination you'll live int his fall! 

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