Leggings. Where do we begin? Even the category of clothing that leggings fall under is hotly debated (Team Leggings are Pants vs. Team Leggings are Absolutely Not Pants). No matter what side you root for, one thing is certain: stretchy, form-fitting leggings look perfect paired up with a long, cozy sweater. Here are some ideas of long sweaters to wear with leggings.
The cowl neck is a unique style that’s recently made a huge comeback from its time in the ’90s. Sort of like a tired turtleneck (but fashionable, we swear!) the loose fabric drapes in the front, creating an elegant but useful detail as it helps keep you warm.
Plus! Surprisingly few people realize that the cowl neck, if large enough, can be worn as a hood.
Ah, the hi-lo! One of the most popular hemlines this season, the hi-lo seems made for leggings. The longer back covers your derriére (a prime concern for members of Team L.A.A.N.P.) while the higher front ensures your silhouette won’t appear as a giant blob.
There comes a point when a very long sweater becomes a sweater dress. Leggings are a warmer alternative to tights, and they look very cute with booties or knee boots. Clingy or baggy, sweater dresses and leggings are a quick and easy look for winter.
Sort of a cousin to the sweater dress, the oversized sweater is instant shabby chic. While you may not see much appeal in a baggy top, it’s a great complement to form-fitting leggings: they balance each other! This look goes well with all kinds of shoes: flats, booties, or knee highs. You probably want to avoid heels, though, unless you really miss the ’80s.
Of course, for times you sort of want to wear a sweater, but sort of don’t, there’s the cardigan. Throw it on over any shirt for a comfortably stylish (stylishly comfortable?) outfit.