“Leggings aren’t pants!” we’ve all heard people cry, but the truth is, that ship has very much sailed. Thanks to the continued popularity of athleisure, this trend is going nowhere, but thankfully, brands like Lululemon and Zella have put a big focus on making quality leggings in fabrics that don’t go see-through the moment you bend over. These classic leggings are comfortable, they’re practical, and they’re a staple in so many wardrobes. But how do you make them “fashion”? When it comes to the street style crowd, they pick unusual fabrics, opt for textures and details, or show skin where you wouldn’t expect it. Whether they’re piling on the layers and using them for warmth, or taking advantage of the ankle cutoff to show off the most amazing pairs of shoes, these looks prove that leggings belong in even the most high-fashion wardrobes. If you’re ready to take the plunge, pick your perfect pair, then read on for some styling tips from the pros.
—Additional reporting by Allison Ingrum