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How to Wear Leggings in 2023

Comfy never looked so good.

Last Updated on September 27, 2023

Wondering how to wear leggings in 2023? Here, I’m sharing some killer outfit inspiration to show you how it’s done. At Wear Next, we encourage you to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident – and there’s nothing comfier than leggings. They’re a wardrobe staple, and while you might think they’re only required for workouts or yoga classes, you might just think otherwise after seeing how fashion girls are wearing them now.

The comfy trews are pretty much synonymous with ’80s style, but the way we wear them has changed over the last few decades. Back then you’d wear them with oversized sweatshirts and/or leg warmers, then they came back in the noughties. I cringe when I think back to those American Apparel shiny disco pants I used to wear.

It’s those kind of outfits that give leggings a bad reputation, but I’m coming round to the new way of wearing them now. Split hems, faux leather pairs, and – my personal favourite – printed pairs worn as co-ords are just some of the trends we’re seeing coming through for 2023. And while we don’t believe they should just be worn to the gym, we can’t deny that’s the most popular way to wear ’em.

I’ve found 5 great ways to wear the staple in 2023 and the best leggings to go with the trends, from your regular gymwear to chic and polished outfit ideas. Comfort is key – but style doesn’t need to take a backseat. These women’s leggings come in a variety of colours and a range of sizes, so anyone can add them to cart. Your workout clothes never looked so good!

As always, we encourage you to wear whatever the hell you want. Style rules are there to be broken and you should wear what makes you feel the most comfortable and confident – but hopefully these help a little! Next, read our AW23 trend report and for more comfy style, check out the best ASOS basics.

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Printed leggings

Printed legwear isn’t just for workouts. Tamu McPherson shows us how it’s done in a printed pair from Marc Cain, teamed with a matching jacket and boots. This look isn’t for the fainthearted, so if you’re hoping to start somewhere a little more laidback, pair printed leggings with an oversized block colour or neutral top or sweater.

Checked High Waisted Leggings M&S Collection

Checked High Waisted Leggings, £22.50, M&S Collection- buy now

High-rise leopard-print recycled-blend leggings

High-rise leopard-print recycled-blend leggings, £128, GANNI – buy now

Doodle print active leggings Monki

Doodle print active leggings, £30, Monki – buy now

With chunky boots

Queen of minimalist fashion, Felicity Bird teams her simple black leggings with some chunky welly boots and an oversized knit.

High waist cotton leggings Mango

High waist cotton leggings, £15.99, Mango – buy now

Knee-high boots H&M

Knee-high boots, now £38, H&M – buy now

Split hem

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’re seeing split hems everywhere. This update will give your leggings a whole new lease of life, and they look amazing with heels.

Slim-fit Super Stretch Slit Pants NA-KD

Slim-fit Super Stretch Slit Pants, £19.95, NA-KD – buy now


Zip-Hem Leggings, £59, COS – buy now

At the gym

Any gym-goer can’t be without their favourite pair, whether for pilates, yoga, running or just errands. Here are my favourites, with breathable fabric and in vibrant colors.

Aerial Power UltraSculpt High-Waisted Leggings Sweaty Betty

Aerial Power UltraSculpt High Waisted Leggings, £88, Sweaty Betty – buy now

Next up: Lululemon vs Sweaty Betty: Which Is Worth the Splurge?

Wrapover-waist sports tights

Wrapover-waist sports tights, £22.99, H&M – buy now

Epic Fast Pocket Running Leggings Nike

Epic Fast Pocket Running Leggings, £49, Nike – buy now

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