You see them every day — on your coworkers, in magazines, on your favorite Hollywood stars and you definitely own at least one pair. So if you’re looking for the low-down on this staple fashion piece, you’ve come to the right place. Till today, leggings somewhat tip the balance of the ultimate question asked (or at least thought) by nearly all fashionistas: how can I not wear pants while wearing pants? Sound a bit risqué? It’s not.

The ins & outs

As a new staple of most women’s wardrobes, you can now find a variety of leggings in different designs and material at almost any local store. Or, if you’re a woman on-the-go who doesn’t have the time to hit every outlet, Leggings Emporium has a range of fabulous leggings that can be easily purchased with one click (or tap) of your finger. If you need something funky-fresh that shows off your sassy style, try a pair with bright-colored patterns or new-wave designs. Staying chic and versatile at the same time isn’t that hard either; simply choose a solid color that’ll not only pair well with most accessories, but also have a slimming effect to hide any trouble spots.

The do’s & don’t

Do: Dress it up a notch. Leggings are now acceptable attire for the workplace and can easily be styled up with a loose blouse or chic blazer. Simply pair it with knee-high boots for a ‘I-mean-business’ aesthetic, or throw on some cute sandals for a more casual vibe before heading out to that day party. Don’t: Mistake tights for leggings. Never ever (and we mean ever!) assume there isn’t a huge difference between tights and leggings because there is. The main difference lies in the fact that one is socially acceptable and durable enough to brave the public eye, while the other is not originally intended to stand alone as pants. Tights are usually sheer and a bit too revealing to be worn with a cute crop top and are definitely too delicate to survive that sweaty yoga class without some wear and tear.