Styling Black Leggings for Summer


Moms and leggings can go together like salt and pepper, right?

Some wear them more than others but we can’t deny a pair of leggings is a necessity in a mom’s wardrobe.

I’m not really a leggings person. Cool joggers, YES! But leggings? HMMM. Years ago, if I was wearing leggings it meant that I was cleaning or running a super quick errand before showering, maybe working out? Fast forward a few years, add two kids into the picture and what am I wearing today? Leggings.

I won’t lie and tell you that I wear them all the time. The truth is that I probably have two or three pairs and still wear them for the things mentioned above. However, life with two kids is getting a little (lot) crazier, add to that,  a husband, a house, creating blog content and my poor brain can’t handle getting dressed.

That’s why I’ve recently started to surrender to wearing them more. When I started, right after Ben’s birth, it was easy due to the cold temperatures. A nice bomber or leather jacket and leggings would take on another meaning. But with the temperatures rising a jacket is not possible anymore, so I’ve been trying to find a stylish way to wear them in summer – a way that I actually want to go out of the house in. At least on the cooler days.

Let’s start with the leggings. I only go for high-waisted ones because they are like the holy grail for postpartum days. That way my loose skin doesn’t fold over a waist band that hits right in the middle of my pooch. I also look for thick fabric that avoids any see-through issues and can also mold my body in a good way. Plus, the mesh inserts make for some ventilation perfect for those warmer summer days.

I’m really loving draped tees that are a little cropped. Don’t worry I’m not going to go out showing my bum. The thing is that I just don’t like the look of leggings and tunic-length-tops ON ME. When Shana had her leggings+tunic challenge I couldn’t stop laughing. I felt totally identified. Leggings with tunics have never felt like me. Believe me, I’ve tried but I always end up changing the top.

So for that, I love a shirt tied around the waist. That way I am covered without the need of a tunic. I usually go for a chambray shirt, but the gingham was a nice way to update the look for this season.

With fashion sneakers and a stylish backpack and I may be convinced of wearing leggings more than once a week. Even on a relaxed weekend day.

I also got some pics without the shirt so you could see the fit of the leggings.

Outfit Details

Leggings – Yoga leggings with sleek mesh inserts A few months ago I saw that these leggings had a ton of good reviews on Amazon. I kept them in my cart for months because I was very skeptical since they are only $20. They are my favorites now! Very thick strong fabric and the fit is great. They have been worn and washed and no issues so far. And I just noticed there’s like 10 different styles. Hover over all the pics and see for yourself. Get one or maybe all!!

Top – Kendall+Kylie Draped Crop Tee I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on this tee. It can be worn with anything. Not much into short tops? This one is perfect for you!

SneakersJ slides leather slip ons (limited sizes) – I love pointy shoes just for the fact that they elongate the legs, something that as a petite I really appreciate. These Dr.Scholls are very similar and comfortable. Similar and additional sizes here and here.

Bag Julian Nylon backpack – I’m a crossbody person but had to see for myself why all the TME team loves this backpack. I’m obsessed! The two colors available are to die for and I may be crying I didn’t see them when I was getting mine. Find even more colors (like a gorgeous Azure blue) right here.

Shirt – Banana republic (old) but this J Crew is almost identical.

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XO, Julieta

PS. Find me on Instagram (@theunbosom) for more on this stylishly tired mama

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Stylist, color expert, and nature lover. I'm a proud Colombian of Indigenous descent with half of my heart back in my country. I now live in the suburbs of NY with my husband and amazing boys that push all my buttons.

When I'm not helping mamas enhance their natural beauty through style, I'm raising bicultural and bilingual kids - taking as many bathroom/closet trips as needed, chocolate in hand and all.

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