How to Wear :: Printed Leggings Three Ways for Fall

Printed leggings started creeping into stores and styling earlier this year - everything from floral to tribal to animal print. Since leggings are the comfiest of cozy wear, I wanted to show you guys how to rock the sassy printed sister to black leggings this fall.

No matter what print or pattern you pick, I think there's a pretty basic formula for wearing leggings in general. Choose something that fits a little looser to counter the tightness on bottom, don't be afraid to play with layers to make your look more put together, and make sure whatever you're wearing on top and your feet doesn't completely cancel out the comfort factor of wearing leggings. Let's face it - that's what we're interested in the first place, right?

For my first look, I wanted it to be a little more daring. Layer a long sleeve tee or turtle neck with a wrap sweater vest for a chic start - finish it with a great statement necklace and some girly boots for a night out on the town. I loved the bright colors of these floral leggings, so I thought a chunkier knit and dark base would make it more appropes for fall.

For a more subtle approach to the printed legging trend, try a pair that's monochromatic. I found these houndstooth leggings at XXI - the print is just a texture difference of a faux leather with a normal legging material. At first glance, they look like normal leggings, but the little details like the leather print and zippers at the ankles make them far more interesting. I chose a flowy sheer top and leather jacket to make a look perfect for date night - adding a bright bag and bootie brings in a little fun flair.

Now here's where we get reeeeeally comfortable. Rather than pull on the boring old sweater and jeans on a chilly day, grab some fun fair isle print leggings to go with that oversized knit! This is truly as comfortable as wearing pajamas all day (but far cuter). I love these casual boots to complete the look. If you're worried about showing too much on the front or back end, add a tunic length button up or camisole to cover your assets. Oh! Bonus tip - if you feel like the print of the legging is overwhelming you, choose a taller boot to break it up.

So there you have it - three leggings, three ways. Mix and match as you please. I actually had quite a lot of fun styling these outfits - I'm definitely wearing #2 out for dinner some time! And once I put on #3, I didn't take it back off, it's that cozy. The rule of thumb is have fun, and don't be afraid to change a few times to get it right. I like to keep my tops a bit more basic and neutral if I have a crazy pattern on my legs, but pulling some colors from the leggings for accessories is a great way to keep things from getting boring. 

This segment, How to wear :: three ways is a new thing I just decided to start doing - one of many special styling features I'll be rolling out over the next few weeks. I want to keep things fun and spontaneous, so I won't be holding down a blogger calendar, but do plan to feature one special styling post each week. Feel free to leave feed back as to whether or not this is even something you're into. Because let's face it...we're in this together, right?

Look 1: Leggings, XXI. Vest, The Limited. Boots, ShoeDazzle. Necklace, BaubleBar.
Look 2: Leggings, jacket, blouse, XXI.  Boots, ShoeDazzle. Bag, The Limited.
Look 3: Leggings, XXI. Sweater, Chico's. Boots, JustFab. Necklace, BaubleBar.