Embracing this season’s love of bold and dramatic statements, leggings are making a big comeback. More versatile than your boyfriend’s Swiss army knife, everyone from top models and fashionistas to high profile celebrities is sporting a pair. Fearless is definitely the way to go, with bright colours and graphics playing a leading role.
Indeed, this year has seen the fashion designers upping the ante, with many high street stores and fashion boutiques featuring a range of daring designs and striking materials. And, from hot pink foil leggings to wet look leggings, and sequin leggings, there is a style to suit everyone and every mood.
Great for adding some funk to smarter clothes, or for glamming up a party outfit, they have grown to become an essential wardrobe staple. However, originally emerging on the fashion scene in the 1960s, it took a good 20 years for them, and the release of the popular film Flashdance, to reach mainstream popularity!
Nowadays, leggings can be worn with just about anything, anywhere, and for any occasion. It is also very easy to dress them up or down, dependent on your mood. For example, teemed with an oversized sweatshirt and a pair of racy ankle boots, leggings can make a great daytime outfit, perfect for keeping comfortable, whilst at the same time embracing one of the hottest looks at the moment.
If you are lucky enough to have long legs then perhaps be bold and opt for a pair of shiny leggings. Not only will you emphasise your best features, but you will definitely turn the heads.
Alternatively, pairing your leggings with some flirty shorts, seductive heels and a pretty shirt is also a brilliant look for the evening. And, don’t fret if your pins aren’t of the supermodel variety. It is a fact that a carefully chosen pair of leggings can have a great slimming effect on the legs, since they automatically draw the eye downwards. The trend for wearing oversized tops is also perfect for those conscious of their middle or thigh areas.
One thing to definitely avoid is wearing your leggings in the same way you would normally wear your trousers. This basically means stay away from dressing them with a waist length top or, an even bigger fashion faux pas, the cropped top. Sticking to longer t-shirts, shirts and jumpers, or short dresses and skirts will ensure you are right on-trend.
Whichever style of leggings you opt for, the keywords to keep in mind are bold and brave. So, when you hit the high street make sure you get your hands on what has become one of this season’s hottest looks.