We all do it—running out of the house in leggings to buy a carton of milk at the deli or head to a Pilates class. It’s not been since the peak of the athleisure era in the early 2010’s—a decade ago now if you can believe it—that basic leggings were deemed a trendy item to wear and these days they pretty much reside in the margins of our wardrobes as useful fixtures but not necessarily the most exciting ones.
All that is to say, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were finding yourself in a rut when deciding what to wear alongside your plain leggings. Naturally, we have a few ideas in mind. Yep, making your staple leggings feel up-to-date, and dare I say even cool, in 2023 comes down to styling them with a few key items. Simple choices like picking the right coat or pair of shoes can make a world of difference—just see for yourself. Ahead, we’re breaking down nine items that solve the mystery of how to wear leggings in 2023.