What’s not to love about leggings? They’re comfortable. They’re slimming. Leggings will probably never go out of style, and they add practicality to your wardrobe. I personally love leggings. When done right, they can look hip, fashionable and effortless. Done wrong, they are the epitome of tacky, shabby and, at times, vulgar.
I can't help but notice all the seemingly sensible women stepping
out of doors wearing leggings as pants. The number of sightings
is truly disturbing and with leggings season just gearing up, I thought
it be our duty to remind fashionistas how to wear them and, most
importantly, how not to wear them.
This is very obvious, but the safest way to wear leggings is with a tunic that hits about mid-thigh. This way, you’ll get the look of leggings, but still have plenty of hip, butt, and crotch coverage. Always a good thing!
Wear leggings under the too short skirts or dresses: If you’re not fond
of the colour or texture of your legs, or if it’s just too cold,
leggings are a great way to still wear your favourite dresses and skirts
without revealing too much! Brave a ‘too short’ skirt,
dress or pair of shorts you wouldn’t wear on its own with a pair of
leggings and boots or pumps.
Is Wearing Leggings as Pants Ever Okay? Think of Them as Accessories, Not Trousers. Don’t ever wear leggings as pants. We get that you love showing off your
legs…but that’s no excuse to show off your crotch and behind, too. No one is
interested in seeing your hip bones, heaven forbid, camel toe
and believe me, we can see it all. So, always wear your leggings with a top that covers
everything that needs to be covered. Feeling a bit frumpy with a long,
oversized top? Then emphasise your waist with a cute belt or try leggings paired with an oversized button-down or long, punk-inspired t-shirt.
Printed and textured leggings: If
you’re bored of the same boring black or grey leggings, why not try
something different by pairing your fave dress with printed leggings.
Think floral, abstract or even go grunge with a cross motif. Or, go a
step further by braving a pair of leather leggings – but keep the rest
of your look simple to avoid looking like a wannabe biker chick.
Don’t forget about jeggings! If leggings aren’t exactly your thing, why
not meet the trend half way buy getting yourself a pair of jeggins
(jeans + leggings). They’re not as thick as denim jeans, but they’re not
as “skimpy” as leggings either… the best of both worlds!
As you can see, there are many ways to wear leggings. Whether we choose to dress our leggings down or dress them
up, there is one certain thing – we will need to have several different
pairs of leggings for the upcoming season!