Ditch Your Boring Black Leggings! 7 Flattering Alternatives (PHOTOS)

Don't get me wrong -- I love a good pair of black leggings. Black leggings and my skinny jeans, with a rotating assortment of tops, basically get me through the cold months. And yet! There are so many super cute alternatives to plain black leggings. Stepping outside of the black legging zone can really amp up your outfit, and I've got some of the cutest and most flattering options here. Just remember the cardinal rule: LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS! They look best with a top that covers your tush, no matter how fab your bum is...


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  • H&M Jersey Leggings


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    The rich burgandy color of these H&M stretch jersey leggings is gorgeous, and the quilted detail plus the sleek piping is super chic. Just remember the cardinal rule (leggings are not pants!), so these would be best paired with a hi-lo top that still covers your rear, but shows a little bit of the hip detail in front. ($10 at H&M!)

  • Amanda Uprichard Ponte/Vegan Leather Legging


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    These Amanda Uprichard leggings with vegan leather detail are a great choice for someone like me who loves the leather legging look, but isn't ready to go take the full plunge. Plus, ponte is a great material (made from rayon and spandex, mainly), and the line of the leather detail is really flattering. (On sale for $68.97 at Piperlime.com)

  • Marc by Marc Jacobs Colorblock Leggings


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    These Marc by Marc Jacobs khaki colorblock leggings are so chic. They'll go with anything you could wear black leggings with, and the placement of the black panels will make you look even more svelte. (On sale for $75 at ssense.com)

  • Victoria's Secret Colorblock Leggings


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    Another colorblock version by Victoria's Secret. I'm partial to the "violet flower" print myself, but the black leopard is cute too. The curvy lines will look great on your legs! ($39.50 at VictoriasSecret.com)

  • Simply Vera Vera Wang Microsuede Leggings


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    These Simply Vera Vera Wang microsuede leggings will add a soft, luxe look to your outfit (and feel super comfy too!). ($39 at Kohls.com)

  • Enchanted Velveteen Floral Leggings


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    Forever 21 is the place to go if you want to find a ton of wild and crazy leggings! I like these velveteen floral pattern leggings because they're not too too "out there", but they're still way more fun than a pair of skinny jeans or plain black leggings. ($11.80 at Forever21)

  • Pearlized Brocade Jean Leggings


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    LOVE! These Hue pearlized brocade jean leggings are so gorgeous, and really versatile. ($44 at Nordstrom)

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