Wear Leggings Under a Dress

By | June 23, 2016


How to Wear Leggings Under a Dress

Whether you’re trying to be a bit warmer, look nicer going to and from the gym or get away with a shorter skirt than usual. 

With so many shoes being more suited to bare feet, and fewer and fewer women wearing hose or tights, knowing how to wear leggings under a dress helps on the days when you don’t want to have completely bare legs. On the face of it, this is easy – simply put on the leggings, toss the dress on over them, and go. You also want to be sure you get the length and style right and don’t look silly when you’re trying to look sophisticated, however.

The basic rule is to keep it simple. If the leggings are a color or pattern you wouldn’t wear as tights, then don’t wear them. Also, remember that this is an inherently modern look. That’s not to say that you can’t wear leggings with a vintage dress, but you should be aware that you will project a mix of styles.

You can wear leggings with almost any dress. There are some things to consider, though:

Dress Length

Short to mid-length: In general, short to mid-length dresses are the ones that work best with leggings. Though you can pair leggings with maxidresses for extra warmth, they won’t add much to your outfit there, and could look a little silly if all you see is a couple of inches of a different color peeking out from below the hem.

Mini skirts look great with leggings because they allow you to display a fun, bright color while looking a little more modest than you would with bare legs. You can sit and stand more easily, without worrying about showing more than you’ve intended.


Any fabric and skirt shape can be flattering with leggings. Stiffer, heavier fabrics like denim and corduroy may work a little better since that’s less likely to cling to the legging material (that can be uncomfortable when you’re trying to walk). One thing to watch out for if you choose a lighter skirt fabric is the waistband of the leggings. Look for flat waistbands so the outline doesn’t show through the skirt, especially if the skirt sits higher on your waist than the leggings do.

“It’s useful to know how to wear leggins under a dress. It’s a casual, fun and modern look that gives plenty of outfits a lot more mileage” said Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.