It’s been awhile since I’ve written a Bits & Pieces of Ashley post. With the craziness of the holidays, it kept getting pushed to the side, but I’m finally here with another post to add to the series!
Initially, I was planning on writing about how Cody and I have managed to keep our marriage strong while having a baby as part of our family now. But, I decided to put that on hold since I’ve had so many questions and requests to post about all things LEGGINGS! So, if fashion isn’t your thing, I apologize for the fashion heavy posts in this series so far. Next week, we’ll mix things up!
I’ve talked about my love for leggings this season. Let’s be real, I’ve always loved the idea of leggings, but I never really figured out how to wear them until this year. They are just so comfortable, cute, and versatile – what’s not to love about them?!
I have a couple of black pairs, a couple of gray pairs (different styles), a brown pair, and a patterned pair. The patterned pair is fun, but to be completely honest, I’m still trying to get used to them. They’re kind of “loud” for me, so they are taking some getting used to on my part. But they are super fun to mix things up and add some funky flair to your outfits. So, those of you that are a little wishy-washy on the patterned leggings thing, I totally get it. But that’s not to say you can’t enjoy some solid black or gray leggings!
WHERE to find leggings…
They really seem to be all over the place these days since they’re pretty “in” this season. I’ve seen them at Old Navy, Gap, H&M, Forever 21, Kohl’s, Target, Nordstrom, and random clothing boutiques.
My all time favorite leggings are these Calvin Klein dark gray leggings. They are thick, soft, and have raised seams on them that make them a little more unique than your average pair of leggings.
I also love H&M’s leggings – they’re just your basic black leggings, but they’re cheap (10 bucks!), soft, and fit me well.
I found my patterned leggings (shown above) at Forever 21, but I’ve also seen them at H&M, Target and clothing boutiques.
WHAT to wear with leggings…
My number one rule with leggings is to make sure I have my booty covered. This is just my personal preference and something that makes me feel a heck of a lot more confident in leggings. My problem with this rule is my long torso and Dutch rear-end. Needless to say, it’s been a little more challenging for me to find tops that work with leggings. But, I’ve finally found a few secrets.
1) Maternity sweaters/tops. I know, kinda weird, right? But hear me out. The above cream sweater I’m wearing with the patterned leggings is a Liz Lange Maternity sweater I got from Target back when I was pregnant, and it works amazing with leggings! Not ALL maternity tops and sweaters will work for this. For example, most of the maternity tops with the roushing on the sides won’t work – they would just look silly. But the ones that are made for your 1st/2nd trimester are perfect because they’re made to be longer without all the weird extra material, which are perfect to cover your rear while not looking like a maternity sweater.
2) Basic camisoles/tanks from H&M. I specify H&M because they’re the only place I’ve found with camisoles that are specifically made to be super long. I wear them under regular length sweaters and tops, and they work perfectly to cover everything.
3) Long cardigan sweaters. I’ve seen these all over the place this season, and they are super cute with leggings. Most of them are long enough too.
Here I am wearing a long cardigan sweater with leggings!
4) Short dresses or tunics. I don’t know about you, but I have a few dresses that I finally realized were just a tad too short for me. They work perfectly with leggings! Tunics are another option that go great with leggings. Sometimes they’re a little more challenging to find, but they’re out there!
HOW to wear leggings…
I love to dress up leggings with some boots, a nice cardigan sweater, and a pretty scarf. It’s so comfortable, easy, and cute to boot!
I also love to dress down leggings with a long tank underneath a hoodie sweatshirt or a casual sweater when I’m home with Hunter and don’t have any major plans for the day. I feel a little more put together and attractive than wearing baggy sweatpants or pajama pants.
Another one of my favorite “cute & casual” ways to wear leggings is a regular long sleeve tee with a long tank underneath paired with a scarf and flats or TOMS.
So there ya have it – WHERE I buy leggings, WHAT I wear with leggings, & HOW I wear leggings! I hope it helps you out, and maybe you’ll fall in love with leggings like I have.
Hope your Friday is a great one!
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Do you ever wear leggings? If so, what’s your favorite way to wear them?
What’s one of your “must have” clothing items?
Where do you typically buy your clothes?
What are you up to this weekend?!