How To Wear Capri Leggings with a Dress? Easy to Follow Pro-Tips

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Versatility of Leggings Open Up Mix and Match Opportunities

Leggings are the ultimate go-to style to give your wardrobe a forever-long cool effect. They allow you to wear something that’s trendy and fashionable, without spending hours on trying to figure out what to pair it with. It also means you won’t end up wearing the same outfit twice, unless you want to!

The versatility of leggings makes for endless mix and match opportunities. You can dress them up or down, for informal occasions or for nights in with the girls. The possibilities are truly endless.

Invest in a good quality of leggings that fit you just right. When they’re well-fitted, you’ll be able to make your legging outfits more flattering than those that are unflattering.

Obviously, there are many ways to style a legging outfit. However, here are our top three favorites.

Leggings with A Tunic or Top

This is our favorite way to show off those toned legs. It just adds a feminine touch to any outfit that you wear. There are many easy-to-wear stylish tunics to choose from in every price range. For a more casual look, you can team up your leggings with a classic T-shirt or a baggy sweatshirt.

How To Wear Capri Leggings with a Dress?

Simple to Follow Pro-Tips

Capri leggings are pretty easy to wear. There are a few tricks of the trade to make you look adorable. For one, if you are not already a leggings wearer, then start off with a pair of cropped pants, as the cropped pant with a little sock is the easier of the two to pull off.

The knees should hit you just above the kneecap. You can never go wrong with black or gray leggings. The neutral colors are easy to match with just about anything. The black never goes out of style.

With the capris, you can be a bit more adventurous with color and pattern. Just make sure they are not too bright and that the material is not too stretchy. Stay away from anything shiny. Also, in the event you have the tiniest little bit of cellulite, you want to make sure it’s not obvious. Wear a long shirt as a cover-up if you need to.

As for shoes, you can go pretty much with anything. Wedges are a great option. Make sure they are not very high, or you will look like you are walking around in skis. Flat sandals are another great option. You can even make a clear pair of flat sandals work if they have interesting straps crossing each other or a small heel strap.

Wear Leggings According to the Length of the Dress

The standard rule of thumb for wearing capri leggings with a dress is that you should wear your capris inside your dress with the leggings ending right under your knees. The capris should fit comfortably, not showing any skin and should not be much loose to allow dangling. You can also choose to wear them slightly above your knees, which makes them appear skinnier, as the knee-level capris tend to make you look thick. You can also wear them under your dress, over your knees, as this is widely considered the most attractive way to wear capri leggings with a dress. You can choose to go for leggings with flowers or patterns, but steer clear of stripes, as they will break up your leg straightness. How ever you choose to wear them, make sure to keep your midriff bare since your upper body will be covered by your dress.

Choose Leggings According to Fabric of the Dress

Choosing capri leggings according to the fabric of the top is important. The stretchy type of capri leggings go well with most of the tops but the flared fabric of your dress can be an issue. Fabric that is not too thick can be an issue while fabrics that are very lightweight need to be paired with a base to keep them in place.

A plain black top over the capri leggings is the perfect addition to the outfit. It is better to stick with this theme to avoid any issues.

The capri leggings look good over dresses that come out of the closet as well. You might be wearing a dress that is designed for a slip but wearing leggings over it can make the look unusual. Make sure to keep the capri leggings to an inch wide so it does not look like they have come out of a dress.

Dresses that have prints on it can be topped with the simple pair of black capri leggings and a plain black narrow belt.

You can do the outfit in a dress that has a single color so it is very important that the leggings match the dress and that you keep the design simple.

Satin is another fabric that can be easily paired with the capri leggings. Remember to keep the straps as high as possible to keep the look of the dress intact.

Consider The Fit of the Leggings While Choosing

The knee-length Capri leggings are considered to be more versatile, as you can wear them with a variety of dresses and tops. Choosing them in a manner that flaunts your curves and makes it easier to find a dress that matches, can be helpful.

Make a pick of the leggings which are tight fitting on the thighs. If it has ruches or gathers, all the better. It makes sure that the ruches and gathers are in proportion with the hips and the top of the capri leggings. Avoid those that are too tight and too loose.

Over the knee Capris are usually worn with long sleeved dresses, but you can do this with shorter sleeved ones as well. The knee length capri leggings look good with shorter dresses. Capri leggings with a scoop or a V-neck is good as they will show more of your stomach and it is easier to team up with a dress that has a scoop neck.

You can even wear it with a bodycon dress that has a high waist, but make sure that it is not too tight as it may end up drawing attention to the tummy area.

Do not Forget to Consider the Season

“I don’t wear leggings under a dress.” Oh please!

The internet is filled with the crazy idea of not wearing leggings under a dress ever. If I had a penny for every time I have heard that and have been confused by it, I would be a millionaire. I mean, aren’t those two seemingly similar items you should be able to wear together?

In fact, leggings are certainly an essential part of my wardrobe. I would be lost without leggings. They are great for so many occasions and are really comfortable to wear. They are also super versatile in that they can be dressed up or down so easily.

The only downfall of wearing leggings is that when you wear the most comfortable item in your wardrobe underneath a dress or a skirt, you will look a little heavier than you actually are. But so what!

I have looked at the issue from different angles and with a little bit of tweeking here and there, you will be able to pull the look off.

First off, do not wear overly long tunic length dresses and skirts. Some women think that it will make them look shorter but the truth is, it will just make you look larger—something that we all do not want to happen.

What Are Capri Leggings? (Capri pants)

Capri leggings are an increasingly popular alternative to regular leggings. They are cut like a tight pair of pants, but each leg is only as long as the calf. They can often be found in bold prints and colors. The extra length in the leg, while not enough to wear to the knee, still provides extra protection to the lower leg from sunburn, cold weather, and those pesky mosquito bites.

Consider The Fit of the Leggings While Choosing

The knee-length Capri leggings are considered to be more versatile, as you can wear them with a variety of dresses and tops. Choosing them in a manner that flaunts your curves and makes it easier to find a dress that matches, can be helpful.

Make a pick of the leggings which are tight fitting on the thighs. If it has ruches or gathers, all the better. It makes sure that the ruches and gathers are in proportion with the hips and the top of the capri leggings. Avoid those that are too tight and too loose.

Over the knee Capris are usually worn with long sleeved dresses, but you can do this with shorter sleeved ones as well. The knee length capri leggings look good with shorter dresses. Capri leggings with a scoop or a V-neck is good as they will show more of your stomach and it is easier to team up with a dress that has a scoop neck.

You can even wear it with a bodycon dress that has a high waist, but make sure that it is not too tight as it may end up drawing attention to the tummy area.

Last But Not The Least, Consider Your Age

If you have ever found a capri pair that fits you perfectly, it is indeed a great idea to keep purchasing it from the same brand for a long time. However, if you have not made up your mind yet, the best way is to consider your age. You would not want to look comical and try to wear capri leggings with a very tight dress or short shirt, no matter how you like them and how comfortable you feel wearing them.