I know, dangerous dangerous territory, but it’s only because I found the raddest leggings everrrrr. MOTO LEGGINGS, ya’ll. I’m serious.
When I saw them it was like the heavens opening up and God said from above, “My child, I see you on that daily early morning struggle bus…trying to find something cool to put on. Do not fear. I give you moto leggings (that can be worn as pants). PEACE BE WITH YOU”.
Yep. Exactly like that.
I’ve found a ridiculously easy way to wear them successfully, too…without having my sweet, untoned derierre hanging out. That would be yikes, is all I’m going to say.
#1 Moto Leggings
What’s cool about these moto leggings is that they have some texture to them – lines, stitching and panels. They are pretty much pants then, right?? I mean, almost…sort of. It all comes down to what they’re worn with.
#2 Long, Loose Top
I try to always go with a longer top when wearing leggings, because…hello…that mom BUM-age. If I was actually working out (ha ha that’s funny), I wouldn’t bother with it, but since I am trying to actually wear leggings as pants (which are usually a bit thinner than a yoga pant), this is an important thing to incorporate into the outfit. FYI: I love the FP thermal tunic tops.
3. An Interesting Layer
I have this lightweight anorak/utility jacket that does a fantastic job of adding a cool layer. It’s also a bit longer in the back, so it helps with giving the leggings a more pant-like look. That’s the BIG objective here, ladies. Must. make. leggings. look. like. pants. Ya know, this may just be one of my greatest achievements in life.
4. Euro-inspired Sneakers
Aaaaaa yes. These shoes make me so happy. Maybe it’s because I have ties to the UK (my dad lives in England) or maybe it’s just because I have big feet, but I love a good european-style sneaker. I have never been able to jive with big, clunky sneaks. A nice, lighter and more simple sneaker has always been my go-to…and that’s why I’ve been wearing New Balance almost as long as I have been sporting Converse. Also, S just covered this particular shoe and she is spot on. This is THE SHOE, friends. I’ve been wearing it with everything this Fall.
Wearing it Out:
Recently I’ve been able to get out BY MYSELF for a couple of hours on Saturday (it’s so incredible when the baby doesn’t have to nurse every 5 sec. Ya know??). I grab a coffee, get my eyebrows waxed, run an errand…or just literally sit in the car…in the peace and quiet. I’ve been wearing this outfit out (literally wearing. it. out.). It’s incredibly comfortable, easy and yet makes me feel like a cool person. Hellz yeh! Rock on, moto leggings. I lub you.
earrings: Nickel & Suede Leather Earrings – as a non-jewelry person, I highly recommend these earrings. They are lightweight and can be thrown on with most anything. I’m wearing the medium size, btw.
top: Free People Thermal – awesome top for the Fall and Winter. I think I may have to get the berry color, too…becaaaause…I’ve been wearing this one almost as much as the leggings. eeeeeee.
leggings: BP. Stretch Cotton Moto Legging – a moto style with cool lines and edges. I got a size Medium, thinking they would run small…but they actually run pretty true to size. These faux suede moto leggings are also so cool!
jacket: Levi’s Lightweight Utility Jacket – I got this last year and it has served me well. I love it.
shoes: New Balance 410 Prep Lifestyle Sneaker – so euro-cool. They make my big feet (size 9.5) look smaller. BTW: go up a half size. They do run a tad small. I am wearing a size 10.
bag: Lily Jade Madeline Diaper Bag – I take it everywhere when the kids are with me. Also, I just saw that they are coming out with a new design – handles on the washable/removable insert…as well as a few other updates. I am so excited! The company is awesome and I have really appreciated their diaper bags.
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So, yeh. Don’t tell me leggings aren’t pants. I WON’T LISTEN ANYMORE.
>> Follow me on Instagram to see what else I’m wearing this Fall (or just the leggings styled different ways?)… @camilledipaola
All photos by the incredibly talented (and cool) Ariana Clare. She’s a mom, too, and totally gets it. If you’re in the NC/SC area, hit her up for some amazing pictures.