Leggings are your friend when you want to look long and lean if you know how to style them. Today I’m excited to be partnering with Red Coral Fashion to show you a very easy way to look slim in leggings.
Whoever said leggings are frumpy just wasn’t wearing them right. This gorgeous spring outfit proves that leggings can be an elegant, slimming addition to your wardrobe. Let’s break down this fabulous look.
This is a trick that many chic women and celebrities use, and it’s called Column Dressing. It’s based on the principle that dark colors recede (making whatever they are placed over, look smaller), and bright colors advance or pop (drawing more attention to that area.) So here’s what you do.
Take a pair of your favorite black leggings, and add a soft, flowy black top.
I love this black tank by Red Coral Fashion because it is has a beautiful, streamlined shape that skims the body, and it’s very soft and comfy. It’s also perfect length. Tops for leggings should cover your bottom, but when they are too long, they can sometimes look baggy. This one has a round neck and happens to be sleeveless, but Red Coral Fashion makes a number of other nice styles too.
Once you have your base, add black shoes. They don’t have to be as high as this; even a small black heel is slimming. By wearing black on the bottom and the top, you are creating a dark black canvas that visually shrinks the body and hides lumps and bumps.
Red Coral Fashion makes several types of lightweight leggings, some long, some cropped and a few with chic designs like this subtle sparkle legging. It’s the little details like this that really elevate the look of leggings.
The next step is to throw on anything bright or light. The contrast of the dark from head-to-toe and the bright or light garment on top left open down the middle creates a pathway for the eye to travel up and down. This movement tricks the eye into making you look taller and slimmer.
Now, about the wrap. How gorgeous is that? This cozy Fuchsia wrap is unlike anything I have seen. It’s really quite clever. It’s basically a wide knit wrap with very short sleeves.
It’s a little tricky to figure out how to put on. I had it upside down at first, but once it’s on, it is fabulous! I love the way it adds such drama to a leggings outfit, and it’s super practical too. I think it’s perfect for transitional dressing and would be fabulous for travel.
And, it is totally reversible! Flip to the gray side and roll down the collar to reveal hot pink. This reversible sleeve shawl also comes in red, black, and couple of beautiful plaids too.
This gorgeous wrap isn’t the only thing that works well with column dressing. Case in point….
Here’s another darling top from Red Coral Fashion. This cute relaxed red shirt which doubles as a jacket and looks so chic with leggings.
It’s interesting that you start with the same backdrop – a column of black, but you get a totally different look!
The only thing I changed was shoes ( a little sportier) and jacket. The black leggings and black top remain pretty much the same, except that these are the classic leggings with no sparkle.
See the back of jacket with the big black buttons? That red color with these exotic buttons gives it an interesting Asian vibe.
You can wear it open, or you can wear it closed. Both ways it is a very versatile piece that can be dressed up or down and would be great to take with you on vacation.
These are just a couple of beautiful casual pieces from Red Coral Fashion, a family owned Canadian Company that has been around for thirty years, and that specializes in couture-inspired women’s fashion and accessories without the hefty price tag.
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