We're going to get real controversial and just say it—leggings are pants. We repeat: Leggings. Are. Pants. Forget every fake rule you've heard since 2007, and opt for the comfier alternative to jeans that can be chic enough for—dare we say—the office. If you're on board but still like, "How do I make my leggings actually look like pants?" get inspired with these 16 looks ahead, and shop our favorite pairs you'll want to live in year-round.
This wrap jacket takes your eyes away from the fact that you're actually wearing leggings, which only means one thing: all that really matters here is your statement blouse or jacket.
Who's to say you can't swap the crop top with a blouse underneath the trench then proceed to slide into the office? Answer: nobody.
The leather jacket will always withstand the test of time (like the Crocs we just can't seem to let go of). Pair the leggings with sneakers, as Chrissy Teigen does here, or mules for an effortless transition from day to night.
Tory Sport, $62
Adding a faux-fur coat to any outfit—including leggings and a t-shirt—will have you foreshadowing your next life as Iris Apfel.
Banana Republic, $59
Pullovers were practically invented for leggings, and adding an ankle bootie just made your outfit go from gym to courtside VIP.
A bomber makes any outfit 10x cooler (but you knew that already).
A la Gigi Hadid, pull a pair of leggings over a bodysuit for a sleek, minimal look.
Two by Vince Camuto, $49
Leather leggings are the epitome of our existence, and the ultimate way to make any pair truly look like pants. Also, a highly-recommended alternative to denim when you want to feel less...restricted.
Another tribute to the leather leggings—style them here like Hailey Baldwin by throwing on a floor-length duster.
Further proof that leggings can look good with any type of accessory (and shirt!).
High-waisted leggings are necessary for an impending spring wardrobe when all you want to do is throw on a cami. (Summer, we're ready.)
Snag a pair of graphic leggings you can bring out when you want your outfit to do the talking. Add a pair of wedges for an after-effect (AKA an outfit worth remembering).
Pair the leggings with a crop top or bralette of your choice and you'll pretty much own the room, as Joan Smalls does here.
Lucas Hugh, $238
When Friday night outfit-planning feels like a drag, add a sweater and thigh-highs with your leggings and...voilà. (Also, consider this your next layer of airport outfit inspo.)
J. Crew, $50
Found: your next Saturday shopping spree outfit. Colorful leggings are here to stay.