Just when you say “heck no” to a trend, it always finds a way to slither back. Stirrup pants are no exception, and we can’t say we didn’t tell you so. This cult classic ’80s style was sure to come back amidst all the inspiration the fashion set has been drawing from the decade, but thankfully you don’t have to commit to a total ’80s aesthetic to rock the trend. Nowadays, you can simply wear a stirrup legging or pant to add an interesting accent to your ensemble — no jazzercise membership required. With major retailers like Urban Outfitters, Gap and soon-to-be defunct American Apparel buying into the trend, it won’t be long until we see the look everywhere.
This trend really does feel like the lazy girl’s, cool go-to. Leggings instead of pants? Check! Not having to worry about socks? Check! The best part about is that this trend is so versatile. You can go full athleisure, choosing a thicker, weighted fabric to layer under an oversized jacket, or you can go posh, choosing a high-rise, fitted style to pair with a cropped long sleeve or cardigan.
If you’re in the camp of “more is more” you have even more options! Choose a pair of leggings with a loud pattern and layer them under an oversized denim jacket for a ’90s take on the style. Or slip on a leather jacket, because everything looks better with a leather jacket.
If you’re ready to try the trend, we fully support you. The key? Wearing the piece however you would normally wear pants or leggings. Simple, but way more fun.
Stirrup ski pant leggings, Urban Outfitters, $49
Stirrup leggings, $12.90, Make Me Chic
Stirrup leggings, ASOS, $25
High-rise cotton stirrup leggings, American Apparel, $8
Stirrup pantyhose, American Apparel, $5
Mesh insert stirrup leggings, YesStyle, $34.90
Fleece-lined stirrup leggings, YesStyle, $26.51