Beyond Basic: Fall Legwear Makes A Statement

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(Image: style.com. Left to right: Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Alexander Wang, BCBG Max Azria, Bluemarine, Louis Vuitton, Diane Von Fursteberg Fall 2009 Ready-To-Wear)

Leggings are already a wardrobe staple, but this fall they will make a statement with metallic hues, embellishments, cut-outs, and bright prints. Leather leggings were everywhere during fall fashion shows, and ripped and printed looks are quickly becoming a popular trend. Think you can’t pull this look off? Here are some ideas on how to rock eye-catching leggings.
Pair printed leggings with a basic, long tank or tee for an effortlessly chic look. Black, grey and white tend to work with most prints, but try and match the tank’s color to a color in the print. For example, a yellow or pink tank could also work with the Rachel Pally leggings (bottom right) because those colors appear in the print. Finish off the look with a sweater or cropped jacket and ankle boots.
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Tops, from left to right: GG 750 Long Oversize Pocket Tank, $156 at La Garconne; Aerie Wrapped Racerback Tank, $24.50; Mark and Estel Skinny Long Tank, $120 at Diani Boutique.

Bottoms: Topshop Digital Roseprint Leggings, $40; Forever 21 City Knit Leggings, $9.80; Rachel Pally Cropped Banded Leggings, $92 at ShopBop.

Liquid, leather-like leggings are almost as versatile as basic black leggings. Rock them with an oversized sweater, a comfy tank, or a sparkly top for a night out. For the ultimate rocker-chic look, throw on a leather jacket over the tank. Add heels, and your ready to go.
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Tops, from left to right: Arden B Studded Crop Moto Jacket, $68; Diane Von Furstenberg Arista Sequined Tank Top, $365 at Net-A-Porter; Topshop Knitted Box Cardigan, $35; Bread & Butter Black and White Stripe Pocket Tank, $97 at Boutique To You.
Bottoms: Arden B Foldover Latex Leggings, $28; Hue Liquid Leggings Panty Hose, $30 at Bare Necessities; Plan B Latex Matte Leggings, $75 at Bloomingdale’s.

Shredded or cut-out leggings are also extremely versatile. Wear them with a long sweater, a graphic tee, etc. Just remember that they might not be super appropriate for class.

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Top: Forever 21 Drape Front Sweater, $28.
Bottoms: Silence & Noise Cutout Leggings, $34 at Urban Outfitters.

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