The under-$50 leggings that’ll dress any long sweater up (instead of down)


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If there was a compatibility chart for clothing the way there is for zodiac signs, leggings and long sweaters would be a perfect match. They balance one another in a way that makes them an ideal off-duty look. But why only wear the cozy combo for low-key occasions?

After some trial and error, we’ve discovered that the only thing it takes to dress up a tunic or long sweater instead of slouching it down is a pair of stretchy pants that are a little bolder than the opaque black pair you wear to work out. Like patterned tights, printed leggings can make an everyday outfit suitable for more festive occasions when you want to feel like you’re in pajamas but still look presentable. So like, all the time.

Animal prints, like leopard or python, as well as plaids and tartans are the way to go. Wear them under long cozy layers in solid colors like a black turtleneck tunic. You’ll feel anything but basic. And honestly considering that these pairs all come it at under $50, I’m guessing you’ll actually feel like a million bucks.

Scroll down to see the pairs of printed leggings we’d pull on right now.

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Photo: Express

Express High-Waisted Plaid Pull-On Leggings, $25

Available in sizes XS to XL

leggings and long sweaters
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Zara Faux Snakeskin Leggings, $40

Available in sizes XS to XL

leggings and long sweaters
Photo: H&M

H&M Patterned Leggings, $18

Available in sizes XS to XL

leggings and long sweaters
Photo: Zara

Zara Jewel Embellished Knit Leggings, $40

Available in sizes S to L

Just don’t plan on wearing any of these printed leggings to work out. Instead, stick to these pairs that are squat-test approved

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