How To Style Leggings for the Office

How to Style Leggings for the Office!

Styling leggings is one of the most challenging fashion conundrums I get asked for help with as a stylist! My first piece of advice is to find the right pair of leggings. They need to be of durable quality, the correct size and length, and made of a thick enough material never to be seen through! The hem shouldn’t go past the inside ankle bone and the leg should not ‘scrunch’ up at all. Wearing the correct fit and length is necessary for presenting a polished, put together look.

My go-to pair of leggings is THIS one from American Giant, and I love Hue brand leggings as well. Styling leggings does not need to be boring or difficult! The ONE rule to wearing leggings instead of pants is to cover your bum! Just because you can wear leggings as pants doesn’t mean you should. Beyond covering your bum, pretty much anything goes! Let me show you what I mean…

How to Style Leggings for the Office

Look no.1 //

This is probably my favorite way to wear leggings to the office. Oversized men’s button down + statement blazer + stiletto booties. You can get away with wearing a blousy button down like this because the bottom half of the outfit is well-fitted (thank you leggings!) and the blazer gives you that professional, polished look, suitable for the office.

How to Style Leggings for the Office

Look no.2 // 

Long tee + vintage sweater + smoking loafers. THIS is my absolute favorite tee to wear with leggings. It covers the necessary areas and can be worn so many different ways. A vintage, name brand sweater, like the St. John one shown above, can instantly make anything look more professional with it’s structured shape and elegant style. If you don’t have a velvet smoking loafer, any type of professional flat or loafer will work that matches your sweater. Maintaining a continuous color palette through your outfit elevates the look of simple leggings.How to Style Leggings for the Office

Look no.3 // 

This is perhaps the most simple look to style on one’s own. Put a button down dress on over your leggings, but  button it down only to the waist. If the dress has belt loops, wear the belt with it. Add a chunky pair of booties and you’re done! To finish the look simply choose jewelry and a handbag that you would normally wear with that dress and shoes! You can also go very dramatic with this look and wear ultra sparkly jewelry. To me, there’s something so elegant about a long, open front dress, over leggings with boots.

How to Style Leggings for the Office

Look no.4 // 

This outfit is perfect for when you want to wear leggings to the office in warmer weather. Add the long tee I mentioned earlier and over that throw on a sleeveless vest or duster. I found a vintage Chanel tuxedo dress that looks like a long vest and I love wearing it over leggings and a shirt! Pair with your favorite strappy heels and an over-sized bag for a perfectly chic and put together office look! A long necklace and some stacked bracelets looks great with this outfit.

How to Style Leggings for the Office

Look no.5 // 

This ensemble is perfect for accessing your hygge at the office! Wear a long tee or tunic top, add your favorite long duster sweater, comfy booties and a belt. The only rule for this outfit is making sure it matches! Choosing complimentary pieces keeps this look from being too casual for work. I love to wear some red lipstick and my hair in a slick pony tail or high bun to elevate the visual vibe from comfy to professional and put together.

What is your favorite way to style leggings?




  1. September 5, 2017 / 19:43

    These outfits are all super stylish but definitely seem both comfortable + professional. Great tips!

  2. September 5, 2017 / 20:00

    Love the 5th look! That green bag is great! Never thought to carry a green purse but it’s gorgeous!

  3. September 6, 2017 / 00:40

    These are all great tips! I definitely love wearing more comfortable clothes to the office.


  4. September 6, 2017 / 04:03

    Love these style ideas!

  5. September 6, 2017 / 16:39

    Such great outfits!!! I love leggings they are perfect for fall.

  6. September 6, 2017 / 16:40

    That tan trench coat is gorgeous! Great outfits.

  7. September 6, 2017 / 18:56

    Oh these outfits are stunning!!! I’d never think to wear leggings to the office but I totally would now! Thanks for the post x

  8. September 6, 2017 / 19:38

    I can’t wait to wear leggings and boots! I don’t really like jeans haha.

  9. September 7, 2017 / 02:42

    These outfits are absolutely gorgeous 😍 That last outfit is just so so so perfect

  10. September 7, 2017 / 04:50

    All of those outfits are SO cute and so seriously chic!! Definitely perfect for the office.

  11. September 8, 2017 / 21:30

    Wow these are all perfect! I may have to try this on a casual Friday (I work in politics so it’s a bit harder to wear leggings to the office).

  12. September 12, 2017 / 20:41

    I’m obsessed not only with the outfits themselves, but I also adore how you styled your photos and the way that you captured that flat lay! The outfits look SO good and right up my alley for what I would wear to work (if leggings were appropriate at my workplace) but I may still try these look with some fitted pants!

    • Rachel September 13, 2017 / 16:31

      Logan, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! That means a lot to me!