Nikki’s Inbox: Beyond Leggings

Hello Nikki! I discovered this blog a little while ago, and I’ve always wanted to ask for help with fashion, but I never had the guts to ask until now.

I’m sort of a complete leggings addict. I only wear black leggings during the colder months except when I wear a black top; in that case, I wear dark-wash skinny jeans. I mean, leggings are extremely comfortable – they make your legs look good, and practically go with anything. But it gets kind of repetitive wearing the same type of pants everyday, and I’d like to get out of my comfort zone, maybe with brighter colors or baggier pants.

Also, on the subject of baggy pants, I’m not particularly sure of what to pair with them. Most of my tops are pretty baggy as well, so I don’t know if they will go well together, which is what is holding me back from trying out new pants. Usually I just throw on a large sweater or hoodie and black leggings, and I’m done, so most of my tops are oversized.

About me, I’m 5’5 and 95 pounds. Basically I’m really skinny and at that awkward size where I’m skinny enough for a size small but being too tall and having to size up. I have a flat chest, probably an A cup, and I can get away with wearing just a camisole or even nothing underneath clothing. I have narrow shoulders and a small waist, and I look like I have long, skinny legs, despite not actually being incredibly tall, because people say that I have nice proportions. Thank you!

Angela, 14/USA


Dearest Angela, you got me at your statement of “I’d like to get out of my comfort zone.” That is one of the prize-winning sentences that I always look for in the emails I get.

While I’m not a fan of oversized and baggy clothing, a lot of people like them so I’m not going to tell you to dump your favorite sweaters and hoodies. Instead, I want you to wear more than just those. Let’s start with what you currently have which are leggings and baggy tops. You already have a basic idea of how volumetric contrast works because this is how you usually wear your everyday wardrobe.

Go Beyond Baggy

Button-down shirts and tunics are great examples of structured tops which can massively update your everyday leggings. Just make sure they hit at least the top of your thighs. Aside from the classic preppy look of a knit sweater vest over a shirt, you can also try a menswear-style vest (a.k.a. waistcoat), a crocheted vest (perfect for spring), or a drapey, open-front version. A bomber jacket or a cute school-style blazer looks great with this outfit, too. Finish with Chelsea boots, your trusty Docs if you have any, or even just plain sneakers.

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Observe The Baggage Limit

Not all baggy pants are the same. On YesStyle, we have several styles like the harem pants which are really loose and saggy especially at the crotch. The jogger pants, which was a fairly recent trend from a few years back, have an elasticized or drawcord waist, are slightly loose at the hips and taper down to the ankles. We also have sweatpants and wide-leg pants, which can actually be described as “baggy,” in a way.

Among these, I think jogger pants might suit your taste better. They’re just as wearable every day for school as leggings, and are also available in every imaginable color. Some come with a drawcord or elasticized waist. Some even have pockets thanks to the slightly loose fit at the hips. Even if you’re on the skinny side, you’ll appreciate the extra fabric in that area. You can also expand your skinny jeans collection by getting more colorful versions. YesStyle’s skinny pants are ideal because they look like jeans but are stretchy like leggings. You’re practically spoiled for choice here, Angela!

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Opposites Attract

Fitted tops look best with baggy pants. “Fitted” means it feels comfortable on you — not too restricting that you can’t move, but neither too loose that you’re drowning in it. It can be as simple as a lightweight sweater or a long-sleeved tee. For warmer days, try wearing it with a colored tank top, a crop top, or a cute, sleeveless blouse with the ends knotted. Do note that the baggier your pants are, the more fitted your top should be to emphasize the contrast.

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Tops look better with these pants if you wear them tucked or half-tucked, as seen on most models on YesStyle. You can also roll up the cuffs of the pants a little when wearing them with high tops or boots. It makes you look taller, which gives you more style points. Good luck, Angela!

P.S. If you’re sending a question, please don’t forget to include any helpful information about your body type or shape, your tastes or personality. You can include a selfie (link only please) or a photo of your clothes (which I will never publish without pre-approval). Thank you!

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