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I have an obsession with leggings that borders on unhealthy. Leggings are one part stretch pant and two parts pajamas.

It’s not difficult to style leggings, but most people don’t wear them appropriately, especially in the work setting. I wear them to work frequently. When styled right, leggings are chic and flattering. When not style properly, well, we know what happens.

Ruby Blue Boutique invited me to style their leggings for a post. Mary Beth and I packed up our gear and headed to the boutique to sort through their leggings section.

They also invited me to style a mannequin:

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I walked away with that necklace. Photo: Heather Leigh Stanley. © 2016 Stanley. All rights reserved.

As with all style tutorials, keep what you like. Amend where necessary. These looks are suggestions. I understand that my style is a little aspirational or avant garde for some tastes. That’s okay. I’ll provide some alternative recommendations but feel free to make the style your own.

The first task was to choose a pair of leggings. No small feat.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

I settled on a pair with an elephant print. The boho elephant print is popular this season. I see it everywhere.

The next task was finding clothes to complement the leggings. Also no small feat.

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Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

I decided on three looks — a basic ensemble for all body types, an outfit for a fun day out, and something for fall.

Look 1: Basic All-Purpose Ensemble

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Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audrey is always looking down on me. Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

I little song and dance in the accessories section. Who doesn't do that? Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

I little song and dance in the accessories section. Who doesn’t do that? Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Tunic and leggings go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s one of the great couples but without the horrible nickname (teggings, anyone?).

If you need styling training wheels, you can’t go wrong with a tunic, leggings, flats, and a statement necklace. You can belt it for more flair. It doesn’t matter the color or style of the tunic, you can make anything work. Depending on the cut of the tunic, this works for all body types. It’s casual and chic.

Look 2: Fun and Flirty

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Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

I love rompers. Rompers seldom love me. Most are rather ill-fitting. Like many women, I have more bum than torso. It’s difficult to fit into dresses and one-piece clothing.

What makes this romper work is the cut. The bottom is loose-fitting enough to camouflage my tummy. The top is not overly loose. The elastic waist-band allows me to blouse it out, which makes me look proportional (and skinnier).

I’m wearing a padded bralette underneath. The boots add a little fringe. Fringe is good. The visual interest is in the shoe.

If you wear a statement shoe, the jewelry should be minimal and dainty. Otherwise, it’s too much.

Look 3: Faux Fur for Fall

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Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

I saw this faux suede vest and had to have it. It was only $20! I defaulted to the tunic and leggings combo but added a vest and boots. What else goes beautifully with leggings besides a tunic? Boots, of course!

I added a pop of color with the necklace. I think orange is a great fall color, although it may be a little harsh for some skin tones.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

All in all, the clothing I chose was under $30 a piece. Here’s a cost breakdown:

  • Leggings – $14.50
  • Faux Suede vest – $20
  • Teal tunic – $24
  • Black tunic – $20
  • Bralette – $10
  • Romper – $28.50
  • Jewelry (all under $20)
  • Knee-high boots and flats are mine

This is what a $100 haul looks like:

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Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

It was a fun experience. Mary Beth had just as much fun as I did.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Oh! I almost forgot!

I come bearing gifts. Don’t you just love gifts? If you use my discount code at their website, you receive 15% off your purchase. Enter FRUGAL at checkout. I want to buy all the shoes.

Happy shopping!

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Mary Beth Lursen. © 2016 Lursen. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

YouTube: Leggings Lookbook (for alternative styling suggestions)

 

***This post is sponsored. I am a fashion affiliate for Ruby Blue Boutique. The opinions and style are my own. I vet each affiliation to make sure it lives up to my standards.