Ah, the classic leggings-as-pants debate. I don’t want to get into it with you, but I personally am not a huge fan of the idea of wearing plain black leggings that you also wear to the gym as real pants. If you enjoy the idea, then I salute you—it’s just something I don’t exercise in my own life. However, as of late, I’ve been spotting editors and influencers alike wearing a handful of legging styles that are still leggings in nature, but that you could never wear to the gym. I was intrigued. Would I finally be able to put a cease and desist order on my long-standing legging-and-pant debate? 

I decided to look into the styles I had been seeing on the streets, and what I discovered pleased me. I am proud to introduce to you today “fancy” leggings. There are six styles I have been taking note of that even I am planning on adding to my pant collection due to their sleek nature. When it comes to the popular new legging trends ahead, each has some sort of detail that clearly identifies them as pants, not gym clothes. Go on and scroll down to see what I mean, and shop some of the best versions on the market for yourself below.