I'd like to start wearing leggings, but I don't really know how to style them. I am a bit of a priss and am nervous about leggings and don't want to look too sloppy.
I have hip problems and jeans are increasingly out of the question, as is any sort of stiffer pant/skirt. Oof. I am only thirty-eight and not ready for matched sweats from Orvis.
But I have always been a bit of a prim dresser -- neat and minimalist and tailored -- and leggings are unknown territory for me. I am nervous about looking sloppy.
I am looking for any and all tips here. Leggings themselves, even. Brand suggestions? Important: can't abide by artificial fibres -- which eliminates ponte, which I know would bring a more polished look to the deal. I am small (usually wear a size 0) but not petite. I can often wear kids' clothes if they're not too short and wide.
Lots of the nicer tunic-length stuff that would work well with leggings does not come in my size so that is flummoxing me a bit. I can't spend too too much and am having trouble figuring out what will go with leggings that is not too sloppy and also not too expensive. I don't know how to style a legging-length top so it doesn't look...dowdy? Boxy? Making things worse, I have an aversion to decoration-only belts (unflattering on me somehow). Apparently what I want are things in a fitted silhouette, tunic length -- which I am not finding?
One thing I think might (?) work are short skirts, monochromatic -- matched to the top and/or leggings? But I am having a hard time finding comfy skirts (see above re. hips; can't be too structured), especially not skin-tight, especially with pockets. This
should be easy to find, but I'm not seeing it?
Looks I like, found after much digging: 1 2 3
Images that are scaring me: leggings as pants. Leggings with tees or other super-casual stuff. Leggings topped with uber-girly stuff with ruffles. The non-functional belt. Fussy cardigans. Shapeless tunics, empire waist dresses, other unsexiness. Excess sexiness. See-through leggings, $100 leggings.
legging-related insight welcome. Thank you, MeFi fashionistas!