I Haven't Worn Leggings for 23 Years, But Now I'm Converted

I have a feeling you're going to be, too.

Leggings are beloved by four-year-olds, but by me, a grown woman? I've always been on the fence. As a child, I'd (at my mother's request) reluctantly be clad in floral leggings with what would prove to be my outfit's sartorial saving grace: an oversized terracotta T-shirt with Princess Jasmine and her tiger sidekick, Rajah, emblazoned on the front. Oh, how I loved that tee but oh, how I hated those leggings.

Fast-forward to the mid-2000s when I decided to sport a pair in fetching neon blue leggings to attend an '80s-themed party. This proved to be a sensible colour choice as I'd proceed to spill my teenage tipple of choice (a WKD drink) all down myself not long into the evening.

Aside from when I actually make it across the gym threshold, this was the extent of my legging-wearing ways. At least it was until I was recently persuaded otherwise. This time, my mother had nothing to do with it. Instead, it's the women I continually look to for fashion inspiration who are making me reconsider leggings. Scroll down and you'll see why.

From off-duty cool to after-dark options, these ladies prove that leggings aren't just for the occasional (read: rarer than a lunar eclipse) spin class, nor should they be reserved for long-haul flights, either. Comfortable and—dare I say it—chic, these are the autumn leggings outfits I'm fully committing to.

This knit will also look the autumnal part with a leather miniskirt and black opaques.
Is there an easier way to finish off a look than with statement gold earrings? We think not.
Split-hem leggings always look flattering on all frames. 
We challenge you to find a sexier pair of kitten heels. 
Give any outfit an edgy overhaul with a camo cover-up. 
Khaki always makes for a cool alternative to black leggings. 
Tinted sunnies are ideal for nailing autumn's relaxed '70s trend. 
Reeboks are poised to make a huge comeback this season. 
Try layering a wrap dress over vintage-wash jeans, too. 
If you're wearing leggings after dark, ensure they're seamless for a glossy spin. 
This bougie bag is the ultimate outfit overhauler. 
Classic shoes for £25? In that case, we'll take them in burgundy as well.
Invest now and we guarantee you'll wear this tailored blazer for years to come. 
This gold-link necklace looks so much more expensive than just a few quid. 
The leather side panel on these strides is super luxe. 
Mules they may be, but the closed toe makes these white heels more autumn-friendly. 
One of the many camel coats we currently have our eye on.
As far as shirtdresses go, this is easily the chicest one we've seen. 
Add a cool texture clash to your look with these faux-suede leggings. 
Mock-croc accessories always make your outfits look premium. 

Overcome your leggings phobia? Now let's crack the poncho.

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