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How to wear leggings to every holiday happening


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The end of the year is often a blur of holiday parties, gift swaps, and warm, chocolatey drinks—anti-inflammatory ones, even. And while it’s always a time of happiness and cheer, it’s also the official season of “I have nothing to wear.”

Luckily, athleisure isn’t just infiltrating your office wardrobe. There’s now a whole crop of slick, stylish leggings that can be dressed up for lots of festive occasions, from Thanksgiving dinner to your annual office party. (Just add blazer). Think of them as the fit girl’s ideal investments, doing double duty from cycling class to Christmas Eve.

And what about those events for which you want something a little more special than spandex? You don’t have to give up that zipper-free life—ready-to-wear fashion brands have also tapped into the leggings craze this season, turning out styles in suede and sequins. They’re guaranteed to keep you feeling comfortably chic, no matter how many pumpkin-peanut butter molten cake cups you have.

So bring on the second course at Thanksgiving—these leggings are so stylish, no one will know you’re living in the stretchy-waistbanded lap of luxurious comfort.

Scroll down to shop the six pairs of leggings you can wear to every type of holiday party.

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Thanksgiving dinner

Comfort is key when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner—gotta make room for all those sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie! Pair a cool-girl moto legging with a cozy cream or white sweater and heeled booties for a sophisticated, but chill look.

The leggings: Olympia Activewear Moto Stretch Jersey Leggings, $115

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Office party

Although a workout trouser may be perfect for the cubicle, give your office-appropriate look an edgy upgrade for your annual coworker bash. A faux leather-paneled legging will look great with a silky blouse, a chunky knit, or a chambray denim top.

The leggings: Athleta High Rise Gleam Tight 2.0, $79

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First night of Hanukkah

Whether you’re hitting up a party or sitting down for a family dinner, let these faux suede leggings lead the way. Wear them with a long-sleeved lace blouse for a Cali chic look or add a cutout top for something a little more New York.

The leggings: Mango Faux Suede Leggings, $80

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Christmas morning

Let’s be honest—any pair of leggings could do for an early morning unwrapping sesh. But why not get into the holiday spirit? These scream “snow day” and will keep you warm and toasty bright and early on December 25.

The leggings: Sweaty Betty Icelandic Fairisle Seamless Leggings, $105

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Gift exchange with friends

Without your grandma or boss around, you can afford to go a little more fashion-forward. Rock these velvet stunners with a structured blouse for a low-key look, or go all out with silk, leather, or neoprene on top for something more befitting an off-duty model.

The leggings: Topshop Velvet Leggings, $35

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New Year’s Eve

What’s NYE without a little sparkle? These leggings will pack a huge punch with a glammed-out top at a club…or matched with a cozy sweatshirt while sipping matcha on the couch.

The leggings: Blank NYC Sequin Pull-On Skinny in Shape Shifter, $128

Now that your closet’s stocked, it’s time to shop for other people. Check out our guides for what to get the the healthy hipster, the modern spiritualist, and the tech lover in your life. 

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