What I'm Wearing Instead of Leggings This Summer

Before everyone gets all up in arms, let me just say that I actually do like leggings. When I exercise, travel, or lounge at home, you can often find me wearing a pair—specifically, a high-waisted style from Alo. Beyond that, however, I’ve yet to come around to wearing them in most other scenarios. Whether I’m running out to get coffee, going to brunch, or headed out for a night on the town, unlike many of our favorite It girls, there are a handful of items I’d prefer to wear over the figure-hugging, stretchy pants, because I simply feel more comfortable in them, both physically and mentally. See just what these items are below, read about why I prefer to wear them instead of leggings, and, of course, shop my picks for each one.

If, like me, your go-to leggings are high-waisted, then you probably love what’s coming up too. Much like leggings, when you’re not hitting the gym, high-waisted jeans keep you feeling “tucked in”; look just as good with sneakers, sandals, or any shoes, really; and feel a step less casual.

Also available in sizes XS to XXL.
Up next: shop the shoes you’ll wear all summer.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.

Since I bought a Vince basic slip skirt, my life hasn’t been the same. You can wear the staple with anything from dressy tops and heels to t-shirts and flats.

If you have a bad case of legging withdrawals, a pair of cropped pants is what you need. Softer and arguably more comfortable than jeans (to some), these can make you feel like your old self, with a touch more polish.

If you love the easy, throw-on-and-go appeal of leggings, I highly recommend bringing some midi dresses into your summer rotation. Just add shoes and you’re ready, literally.

When I really want to dress comfortably but don’t want to bare it all, as one often feels like they’re doing in leggings, I opt for a pair of tapered sweatpants, otherwise known as joggers. My go-to deep black, cashmere pair even looks cool with heels for a night out!

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