Style Trend: Leggings

Leggings have dominated both the red carpet and runway. You may be thinking ‘can I pull this look off?’ The answer is yes and we are going to show you how! Step into the legging trend with style.
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 03, 2009

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Leggings have dominated both the red carpet and runway. You may be thinking, Can I pull this look off? The answer is yes, and we’re going to show you how! Step into the legging trend with style.

By Qianna Smith

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If you think leggings are just for skinny girls, you better think again! Oscar nominee Queen Latifah shows of her curves in these black leggings with a flattering hip-length top.

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Never one to follow trends, Solange Knowles takes leggings to the next level in style with this edgy black and white printed pair. Printed leggings cut in a super-slim fit are a great way to highlight your legs, if this a feature you like to show off.

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Not ready to embrace the legging trend full on? Take a cue from model/actress Joy Bryant, who gives a peek of the trend underneath a long dress.

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Bright neon colors are hot this summer and Pastry codesigner Angela Simmons capitalizes on the style. Just be aware that bold colors can make your legs appear to be thicker than they really are, so stick to a darker hue if your legs are on the shapely side.


Always glam rock and on the cutting edge, Rihanna looks luxe in these sheen leggings that make her star shine even brighter.

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Runway beauty Liya Kebede goes for high style on and off the catwalk. If you’re wondering what shoes to wear with your leggings, you can’t go wrong pairing them with sleek and chic bottie.

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A woman who always looks fierce, Beyoncé rocks her leggings like cut-off tights, which is the easiest way to wear this trend and allows you to show off your ankles.

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Tennis champ Serena Williams looks cool and comfy shopping around in a pair of midcalf-length leggings. If you’re not a fan of your hip area, make sure you choose a top that covers the area on your body you want to conceal.

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Ciara stands tall with these platform pumps and tie-dye leggings. But for summer, platform sandals will further elevate your legging style.

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Go for a super soft and flattering stretch material, like these leggings that Meagan Good sports.

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Make a style statement with these fashion-forward leggings. Wear them with gladiator heels and a loose-fitting tank-top for eye-catching style.

Left to Right: Members Only Black Liquid Leggings, $88,; Bebe Shapely Studded Legging, $98,; sass & bide Bronze Rats Leggings, $232.65,


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