Are Leggings Real Pants?

Blonde girl sitting on terra cotta steps, wearing grey off the shoulder sweater, black alo yoga moto leggings and black booties with buckles. She has a leather jacket over one shoulder and quay australia sunglasses on her head.

Well, kind of yes, and kind of no. Today, I am featuring 5 different ways to style your favorite leggings, from the office to GNO in a way that no one can contradict you on the whole “real pants” issue.

So, you may not know this, but I LOVE wearing leggings. There for awhile, I would wear nothing but leggings: to the gym, at home, running errands, to the bar, even on date night with B 😳…until I started my current job. Working in an office, instead of telecommuting, meant I needed to look a bit more “office appropriate” by wearing “actual pants”; but in my everyday life, I still LIVE in leggings! 

I have dozens of leggings from multiple different brands, and they are all amazing, but one of my favorites has to be the High-Waist Moto Legging from Alo Yoga. 

I own these moto leggings in 8 different colors, and receive compliments EVERY TIME I wear them!

Today, I am featuring both the “Black/Black Glossy” and the “Black Performance Leather/BlkG” and I have shown a few different ways to wear these leggings, although there really is NO LIMIT (Thanks, Cady Heron) to where you go, how you style, or what you are doing in these super comfy leggings.

Edgy Street Style

Ashley putting on grey tweed coat wearing black alo yoga moto leggings and a grey tank top and dr. martens pascal boots in black
Edgy Street Style

For this look, I wanted to build an outfit that was both effortless and comfortable for weather in the 60s – 70s (ie: California Fall/Winter). I started with the Moto Leggings, of course, and paired it with a black vintage looking tank top from Target.  I added a long, grey tweed coat from TopShop for added warmth and completed the look with my “oh-so-comfortable” Dr. Martens Pascal Boots. Now we are ready to hit the streets in style and comfort! (the grey coat I’ve tagged is not the one I’m wearing, but it’s similar)

  • Feel free to add another layer underneath the coat, like a hoodie or a textured cardigan and top off the look with a beanie to keep you extra warm on those cool Fall evenings! 

Athleisure – Chic

Blonde girl sitting on terra cotta steps, wearing grey off the shoulder sweater, black alo yoga moto leggings and black booties with buckles. She has a leather jacket over one shoulder and quay australia sunglasses on her head.
Athleisure Chic

For this look, I was going for my everyday uniform during Fall; “Athleisure – Chic”.  I love adding edgy pieces to my wardrobe, because that’s truly what makes me feel like my most CONFIDENT self. I started with the Alo Yoga Moto Leggings and paired them with a light grey, off the shoulder sweater (this is not the one I have, but it’s similar) and a free people bralette, so when my straps showed, my look didn’t fall short. I added a leather jacket and faux leather buckled booties (that I am currently wearing with EVERYTHING!). Wear this outfit everywhere from the office to date night without anyone batting an eye.

Sporty Spice

Blonde girl wearing red sweater, black nikes, and black alo yoga moto leggings, holding pinecone and laughing.
Sporty Spice

Feel both sporty and put together in an outfit that allows you to shoot that touchdown or dribble that ball into the endzone! #gosports 🏈

For this look, I paired the Moto Leggings with a red oversized pullover sweater, that I tucked in to create a more defined waist. *If you’re going into the office, I recommend leaving the sweater untucked so you don’t show off your bum to your coworkers at the water cooler. Add some sneakers to keep it comfy, and you’re ready for anything! (The sweater and sneakers are not the exact ones I’m wearing, but they are similar.)

  • To elevate this look for a holiday party or date night, swap out the sneaks for some heeled booties, and add a black peacoat or leather jacket and you’re good to go! 

Sunday Morning Coffee Run

Blonde girl walking along a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood, sipping coffee wearing sunglasses, alo yoga leggings and black booties with buckles.
Sunday Morning Coffee Run

I don’t know about you, but when it’s Sunday and I have to leave the house, I want to wear the coziest clothes I own, along with looking put together too.

This look is cozy enough to wear to the farmer’s market or to the nearest coffee shop ☕️ to pick up your daily caffeine fix, but it’s also stylish enough to wear out to Brunch with the family…or to bottomless mimosa Brunch with the girls 🍾,  however YOU do Sunday Brunch is up to you!

I paired the Moto Leggings with a white, long sleeve tee from Aerie and added a long grey cardigan on top. Grab your favorite oversized sunglasses and booties and you are Sunday ready!

  • (the exact tee I’m wearing is THIS, but they are sold out of the color I’m wearing, and the one I’ve tagged is great too! I own that one in 4 different colors!)

Morning Hike in LA

Blonde girl sitting on large boulder, wearing aviator sunglasses, aloyoga moto leggings, a green hoodie and green nike air max sneakers.
Morning Hike in LA

Are you an outdoorsy person? I love working out and lifting weights, but running and excessive cardio is NOT my thing, which is why I love hiking; it’s fairly slow, but intense depending on the hills or trails you take. I really enjoy being out in nature and working up a sweat while surrounded by fresh air and incredible views.

I figured for the fifth outfit, I would show you something a bit more “workout friendly”. Just because you are working up a sweat doesn’t mean you can’t dress at 100%, right?

I love upping my workout clothing-game by wearing cute clothes that make me feel confident, strong and supported for my workouts.

I paired the Moto Leggings with an olive hoodie that is cozy enough to keep me warm at the start of the hike, but roomy enough to keep me cool toward the end. Complete this look with sunglasses and hiking sneakers, and you’re totally Runyon ready!

  • (the sneakers I’m wearing in the photo aren’t the best for hiking, so I’ve tagged another pair that would be more appropriate and stable for hiking.)

Did you learn any new ways to style YOUR leggings for work or date night? How do YOU like to style your leggings? And what’s YOUR take on leggings as real pants? 🤔 I would LOVE to know in the comments!


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