10 Stirrup Pants Outfits That Go Beyond Jazzercise

They're back and better than ever.

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Design by Tiana Crispino

I admit I never thought I’d see the day, but it’s here: After a couple decades on the sidelines, stirrup pants are back and trending. But before giving you the lookbook, let’s take a step back for a refresher.

Stirrup pants (sometimes also called stirrup leggings) are tight-fitting pants that taper at the ankle and have a stretchy strap attached that wraps around the arch of the foot. This style of pants has a similar backstory to heels—both were originally designed for horse riders but eventually became fashion statements even off the saddle.

These oblong pants had a major moment in the '60s, '70s, and '80s and are experiencing a renaissance half a century later. This means there are plenty of new looks to create and new precedents to set—be confident, be bold, and have fun with it.

What’s great about stirrup pants is that they’re usually comfortable and versatile. The stirrup design makes it so they'll never be loose-fitting, though, which means you can’t play with the shape of your outfit as much since you’ll always have a slim lower half. That being said, these pants can still serve as a closet staple thanks to their versatility. Think about wrapping the band below your heel, using it to clash with a pair of strappy sandals, or providing contrast with colorful shoes.

Below, see 10 Byrdie-approved stirrup pants outfits that will get you started on making the trend your own.

Spring Pastels

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Design by Tiana Crispino

Ring in the coming spring weather with stirrup pants and soft colors. A beige pair works beautifully with a lavender top, and once you add a pop of color with heeled sandals, you get an effortless look that’s just right for the season.

In Your Face

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Design by Tiana Crispino

Usually, the band on stirrup pants starts around the ankle, but for these striking Simon Miller pants, it starts mid-calf. Add to the boldness with an oversized colorblock top and clogs that bring a flair of color.

Chic Comfort

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Design by Tiana Crispino

To me, sweaters and mules are a chic way to stay comfortable. Try a longer, bulky sweater with a low-heeled mule that allows you to wrap your stirrup pants around the sole.

Simply Cozy

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Design by Tiana Crispino

You’ll find lots of stirrups made out of the classic, stretchy legging material, but don't be afraid to spice up the texture. Corduroy stirrups are perfect for colder days, so pair them with a cozy top and sneakers. (I hadn't realized Air Force 1s came fur-trimmed, so I’m naturally obsessed with these.)

Bring On the Vibes

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Design by Tiana Crispino

If you love a pastoral style and want to use stirrups, bring on the brown shades and tan leathers. A frilly and free-spirited top and neutral clogs will make this stirrup pants outfit just right.

Flowy and Minimalist

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Design by Tiana Crispino

Though stirrup pants are always form-fitting, they can still work really well as part of a flowy and minimalistic look. With a tunic and boots, you can make a seamlessly monochromatic stirrup pants outfit.

Power Moves

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Design by Tiana Crispino

Don’t neglect a structured stirrup pant for a power suit look. This Karen Millen pair commands authority—when you complete your look with a bold turtleneck and colorful mules, you get a fabulous look that demands attention.

Casual Color

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Design by Tiana Crispino

As much fun as stirrup pants can be to dress up, you can also go casual. Wear your pair with a graphic tee, a baseball cap, and preppy pumps for a chill look that also has pops of color.

Sensual Luxe

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Design by Tiana Crispino

For a luxury night out ensemble, look to mixing materials like silk and faux leather. Intimissimi’s red silk cami with lace details creates an aura of allure when paired with edgy faux-leather stirrup leggings. To complete the outfit, add another pop of red with a classic pair of Christian Louboutins

No Fuss

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Design by Tiana Crispino

For days when you have a lot to get done and want to feel good, but don’t have the energy to get too glam, create an easy stirrup pants outfit with a loose, neutral sweater. Top it off with fur-lined sandals to elevate your look.

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