How can curvy girls make the most of the legging trend?

Q. All the inspiration photos I can find show model thin girls in leggings. How can curvy girls make the most of the legging trend?

A. Believe it or not, this season’s legging style is more flattering than you think – and yes, even for curvy girls. The key is to treat them the same way you would an opaque tight or skinny jean, which is to layer them with longer length tops. At the very minimum, your top should cover your rear end and hit just below the widest part of your thigh.

Look for heavier weight leggings with a fair amount of stretch, rather than hosiery weight or lightweight leggings. Skip this season’s patterned, shredded or shiny leggings and stick with a more forgiving basic dark color. Add a pair of leg lengthening heels or boots (preferably in a similar color to the leggings for a monochromatic look) and you’re all set. Need some inspiration? Check out these looks below:

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top row: knit legging, $39.50 at lanebryant.com; Alfani Plus Size leggings, $34 at macys.com; Pink Rose Plus Size Snap-Cuff Legging, $22.50 at macys.com
bottom row: Textured slim leg pant, $32.70 at lanebryant.com; knit legging, $39.50 at lanebryant.com

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