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By Samantha Sutton
Feb 09, 2021 @ 4:11 pm
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The Confusing Leggings Trend We Loved in 2008 Is Trying to Return
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At this point in the pandemic, it's possible that looking at your collection of sweatpants and loungewear makes you want to scream. Part of us definitely misses the days of going all out (and, you know, going out), squeezing into stiff jeans, pulling on a structured shirt, and even adding a pair of heels to our look. But, at the same time, we simply can't quit comfy clothes — which means we're constantly searching for ways to spice up our casual wardrobe, helping us embrace fashion once again.

Thankfully, supermodels and other celebrities aren't about to leave us hanging when it comes to style inspiration. Recently, many have decided to revive an old outfit-boosting trick, bringing back an extremely '00s trend: Colorful leggings.

While we're used to seeing stars get decked out for the gym or walks outside, many have taken this look beyond their fitness routines, styling colorful leggings with shoes that aren't even sneakers, such as UGGs, slides, and small heels. The good news is they're not as extreme as Rihanna's strappy somethings from the red carpet, or even Paris Hilton's fancy flats — both of which seemed like acceptable yet confusing leggings footwear back in the day.

Considering how many '00s trends have popped up lately, it seems like a matter of time before these bright, almost-pants are everywhere, perhaps even styled with sequins and ruffles along with the average sweatshirt (scream).

Stay ahead of the trend by taking a look at how to wear colorful leggings in 2021.

Hailey Bieber

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While still super casual, Bieber made sure to give her orange Alo leggings a boost by incorporating other must-try trends into her look. She coordinated her socks, opted for fuzzy slides, and even threw on a Fallon Jewelry chain for a dressy twist.

Shop similar: Alo Airlift High Waist 7/8 Leggings ($114; nordstrom.com)

Kendall Jenner

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Jenner could have easily paired her cozy sweatshirt and UGG boots with a basic black pair of leggings, but a brown option is so much more eye-catching and brightened up her whole outfit.

Shop similar: SKIMS Rib Leggings ($52; nordstrom.com)

Kaia Gerber

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Ah, yes: Leggings are pretty perfect when you have to walk the dog. Gerber stuck with a lighter, neutral color scheme, in this case, styling her beige Gymshark pair with a white and black fleece from Billabong.

Shop similar: Le Ore Corso Crossover Legging ($88; bandier.com)

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On a different day, the model chose skipped generic black leggings once again, wearing a full groutift made complete with a sherpa Vuori jacket.

Shop similar: Gymshark Adapt Marl Seamless Leggings ($55; gymshark.com)

Sarah Jessica Parker

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Of course, the actress and shoe designer found a way to think outside the box, making her colorful leggings feel somewhat fancy when she styled them under a dress with Mary-Janes from her brand.

Shop similar: Terez Stretch Corduroy Legging in Magenta ($100; neimanmarcus.com)

Skai Jackson

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Toward the end of last year while on Dancing with the Stars, Jackson proved that red leggings are easy to work into your everyday look — especially when styled with combat boots and a fun jacket to pull the look together.

Shop similar: Old Navy High-Waisted Elevate Powersoft Run Leggings for Women ($35; oldnavy.com)

Dua Lipa

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Dua Lipa took a risk when she stepped out in this full floral Moncler Genius set — and it definitely paid off (after this year, it's so nice to see some extreme fashion). At the same time, the singer also gave us a few great ideas for styling colorful leggings in 2021: Go matchy-matchy, and definitely embrace graphics and other bold designs.

Shop similar: Zoezi Sport Maua High-Waisted Yoga Leggings ($55; zoezisport.com)

Yolanda Hadid

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Gigi and Bella's mama made us rethink white leggings, showing us that they're as risky as we once thought. While out in NYC, she paired them with a neutral knit sweater and a puffer coat, creating a cool yet relaxed combination.

Shop similar: Hue Corduroy Leggings ($52; nordstrom.com)

Jennifer Lopez

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It only makes sense that the Quarantine Style Queen takes on this trend, too. While J.Lo still wore her workout sneakers, her blue sweatshirt and leggings look was uncomplicated and sleek, proving it doesn't take much to nail the trend — maybe just a pair of hoops to add that final touch.

Shop similar: Adidas Loungewear Tights ($35; adidas.com)