Not unlike overalls or clogs, leggings are one of the most polarizing pieces in fashion. Or more accurately, how they're worn is the issue at hand. These days, it seems as though celebrities are trading in traditional pants for the stretchy alternative. The once frowned-upon practice has become subject of debate—even if you can pull off leggings as pants, should you?
When we first pointed it out earlier this summer, we weren't sure if the trend would stick, but evidence points to yes. If anything, it's gained traction, which makes sense, especially with style-setters like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner spearheading the movement. For further celebrity proof, we rounded up recent street-style sightings, in which leggings play a major role. Keep scrolling to find out how the stars are styling their leggings for winter.
1. Chloë Grace Moretz
The actress wore paired maroon leggings with a distressed T-shirt, black leather moto jacket, and cute sneakers for a casual look.
Shop the leggings: Outdoor Voices, $80; outdoorvoices.com.
2. Gigi Hadid
For a comfy on-the-go uniform, treat an oversize knit like a tunic and style it with leggings.
Shop similar leggings: Zella, $54; nordstrom.com.
3. Gigi Hadid
But if an oversize sweater is still too short, cover up your derriere, like Hadid, with an extra-long chambray shirt (a denim shirtdress is a safer bet).
Shop similar leggings: SPANX, $68; nordstrom.com.
4. Kendall Jenner
Draw attention away from leggings with a dramatic top, like Jenner's black blouse with exaggerated bell sleeves.
Shop similar leggings: SPANX, $110; bloomingdales.com.
5. Kendall Jenner
We sneaked in another Kendall look—she chose to wear leggings as a set, matching a blush knit pair with her coat and cut-out crop top.
6. Kourtney Kardashian
For Kim Kardashian's birthday celebration, Kourtney stepped out flaunting her every curve in a black blouse boldly tucked into a pair of knee-length leggings.
Shop similar leggings: Calvin Klein, $35 (originally $55); macys.com.
7. Lily Aldridge
It's true that leggings are acceptable more as workout wear than street-style attire. Here, Aldridge blended the two by teaming hers with a cool graphic coat and Nike sneakers.
Shop similar leggings: Eileen Fisher, $98; nordstrom.com.
8. Kylie Jenner
A penchant for leggings clearly runs in the family. The youngest Jenner aimed for comfort with a statement black tee and white kicks.
Shop similar leggings: Lamade, $40; nordstrom.com.
9. Selena Gomez
Gomez sure knows how to make an entrance. Instead of the standard black leather look, she dared to experiment with a nude pair by Wolford that she styled with a white sweater, maroon frames, and black sandals.
10. Chrissy Teigen
Expectant mom Teigen fused comfort and style when she walked her Frenchie Pippa. She brought her all-black ensemble (featuring leggings) to the next level with a flourish of chic add-ons, including her long double-breasted coat, mirrored aviators, a fringed cross-body, and lace-up booties.
Shop similar leggings: Nordstrom, $29; nordstrom.com.
11. Miranda Kerr
This is more of a sweatpant-legging hybrid, but the model had the right idea. It's a balancing act when it comes to coverage—she revealed her midriff in a racy cropped tee, but she covered up everything else with her enveloping cocoon coat.
Shop similar leggings: H&M, $13; hm.com.
12. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Channel your inner badass, like Huntington-Whiteley, in a cool jacquard Iro wrap coat and tough leather leggings, complete with black accessories.
Shop similar leggings: Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, $798; nordstrom.com.
13. Naomi Watts
For a non-conspicuous look, take a cue from Watts and stick to a neutral color palette, like black, charcoal gray, and earthy tones.
Shop similar leggings: Karen Kane, $58; nordstrom.com.