Friday, 21 March 2014

The Dos and Don’ts of Leggings

Leggings were a big deal in the 80s, then the 90s, and again in the 00s. It is now 2014 and it seems this particular item is going nowhere. There have been some interesting incarnations of the legging, some more appealing than others, but however you wear them, you have to admit that, when done right, they look great as well as being comfortable. Despite the fact that leggings have been around for a good few decades, there are still those that commit big fashion crimes when wearing them, so here are the basic dos and don'ts of wearing leggings: 

As tights

It is perfectly acceptable to wear leggings as a substitute for tights, they are much cosier in the winter, and less see through if you’re rocking a short skirt. If you choose to do this however, make sure you are wearing boots or other foot covering footwear, as being cut off at the ankle does nothing for the legs, even on the loftiest of supermodels. If you are wearing your leggings in the place of tights, you should shop around and try and find a pair with invisible seams so they really look like thick tights even up close. For really cold days why not invest in a pair of thermal leggings complete with fluffy inners to keep your pins extra toasty?

As trousers

The nation is split as to whether leggings should be worn as trousers with most believing that if you are going to do this you need to wear a long top that covers at least the top half of your bum. An absolute must if you are going for leggings in the place of trousers however, is that you buy a quality pair that are big enough. The least attractive thing in the world is a pair of leggings that have worn through or are being stretched too much over a derriere so that your whole bottom can be seen through the fabric. Have a look at George at ASDA's range of leggings for some good quality thick pairs.

For the gym

Leggings are great gym-wear as they are stretchy, absorbent, comfortable and available in different lengths. Originally most popular with aerobics goers, they are not used by weight lifters and runners as the training attire of choice. Team your leggings with an oversized t-shirt for a practical yet stylish workout outfit that won’t let you down at that critical moment. Leggings are especially good for those who are new to exercise and don’t want to fork out on expensive gear until they have decided whether it’s really for them. As you progress you can look into purchasing special sports leggings or yoga pants. 

Leggings are one of the most versatile items of clothing you could own, easily transitioning from day to night depending on how you wear them. What other item of clothing could both be worn to the gym for a workout, or with a tunic dress of an evening for cocktails? Leggings are 100% here to stay, so now’s a great time to invest.

Do you wear leggings?

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  1. I live in my leggings, more often than not pairing them with a skirt and boots - especially with all the cold weather! I've never seen anyone else down here do it though, so glad I'm not the only one!! :)

  2. Love my leggings! They also work well as good horse riding wear in summer as jodhpurs and breeches are just so thick for summer. Obviously they need to be thick/non see-through leggings as when you're on horse out hacking (out on the roads) the last thing the motorist behind needs to see is the hot pink floral undies that you're wearing!

  3. I adore leggings, different patterns, colours, torn, whatever but I've seen some disastrous backsides in leggings that yes long t-shirts are needed

    LaaLaa xo
    Dolce Vanity

  4. great post, so many people get it wrong! haha xx

  5. I've recently bought some leggings from M&S and they feel like great quality yet they are so see through in the crotch and bum area... so annoying! Therefore I don't really think they should be worn as trousers but they're sooo comfy for the gym!
    alicekatex ♥

  6. I found my old Lipsy leggings when we moved and when I tried them on I wondered why I'd stopped wearing them as they look like smart trousers and are super comfy :D

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper | An Undomestic Goddess

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  8. oh i just bought some new leggings, i love to wear them at home they are so comfy x

  9. I love leggings for a bit of comfort, but I never stray out the house in them. I still am not a fan of the whole dress & legging look!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  10. I totally live in my leggings at the moment... a thicker denim look pair and they look like skinny jeans!

    Keeley x


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