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With the athleisure trend on the rise, leggings have become the new jeans. Thus, many big time denim companies have adapted to consumer trends, investing heavily in active wear. For example, Gap has it’s own active wear line, Athleta, in efforts to keep up with consumer wants.

The “leggings” category is pretty varied, from plain cotton leggings to Lululemon yoga leggings and haute designer styles. Though, investing in a good pair of black leggings can make for chic gym wear, serve as a perfect layering piece, or provide a way to wear a sheer dress. Ultimately, leggings have a multitude of uses. The big question is, do leggings belong in the office? There are many mixed feelings surrounding the answer to this question. However, here at The Stylish Sophisticate, we are pro leggings, but with a few provisions of course.

First being, how formal is the dress code in your office? If you work in a corporate environment, leggings are probably not an appropriate outfit choice for you. Second, it has to be the right legging. Absolutely No yoga or cotton leggings in the work place! Third, the fit of your leggings is important. Your leggings should slightly sculpt, creating a silhouette. All in all, pulling off the look entails very considerate styling. If you can reimagine leggings in a fashion context, then yes, by all means wear them! If your sole intention is based on comfort or providing an easy way to hit the gym on your lunch break, then skip the leggings. To help ease your style woes, we have put together some office-appropriate legging looks for you.

Paired with a Slouchy Knit or Oversized Sweater

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Oversized Blouse & Tweed Jacket

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Tunic & Pointed Toe Flats

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