A reader submitted a question to Fashion Chronicles after reading the post, How short is too short? Thanks for your question and please keep them coming!
Leggings and tunics can definitely be work appropriate depending on the type of office you work in. The reader mentioned their work environment is conservative yet modern, so the look should be acceptable if a few simple guidelines are followed:
1 Texture of Leggings
Leggings that are shiny (such as the liquid leggings pictured in the How short is too short post) are generally evening wear and not professional looking. Try to stick to leggings that are heavier in fabric, like wool or a thick cotton/lycra blend.
2 Thickness of Tunic
If you plan to wear a longer tunic in a flimsy fabric (like silk) with leggings, consider wearing a long cardigan or boyfriend blazer that you cinch at the waist with a wide belt. This makes it winter appropriate and adds a bit of style.
3 Length of Tunic
Generally the length of the tunic should be long. I consider a tunic which sits around mid-thigh (pictured above) work appropriate with leggings. If it’s shorter than mid-thigh, it’s not work appropriate and pants are the better choice (think skinny jeans or cigarette pants).
4 Height of Heels
Like I mentioned in the post on OTK boots, be mindful of your heel height. If you plan to wear tall boots with leggings at work, go for the lowest heel possible. On the other hand, higher heels are work appropriate with leggings if the heel is chunkier (like cone or cowboy style). Stilettos higher than 2.5 inches are certainly not work appropriate in any office environment.
Finally, the best advice I received from an HR professional when asked about work dress code: If you look in the mirror and think your outfit may be inappropriate for work, it probably is. If you have any hesitation when putting leggings on when getting dressed for work in the morning, then it is best to keep them for going out on the weekends.
What do you think — Are leggings work appropriate? Post your anonymous comments below.