Fashion is an ‘old lady’ that has influenced the way we dress for years. She might be old but is very strong and controls all of us. She establishes what’s ‘in’ and if we want to look trendy we have no other choice than to obey.
Fashion is also very creative and courageous. She combines trends that were popular in the past with newly discovered trends and is even not afraid to predict the future. And from time to time she likes to surprise us and brings back something from the past we thought and hoped is never coming back. In 2005 she surprised us with a huge comeback of leggings. Not that it was a pleasant surprise for me. It was more like – ‘ Seriously? Leggings. Are you kidding me?’ I’m still not a big fan, but I have to admit that once you learn how to wear leggings right, they can help you to look great and feel confident.
In the past people used to wear leggings made of buckskin or wool for protection against cold and animal bites and later they were worn for exercise. It wasn’t until 1960s that leggings became a part of fashion.There are some important rules that can teach you how to wear leggings appropriately to look great and feel confident and comfortable. And as long as you will abide by these rules, you can for example learn how to wear leggings without looking as you have just stepped out of a gym.
If you want to avoid that wear them at the top of your calves, but never above the knee, unless you like to carry your bicycle around as an accessory. Remember that leggings are not bicycle trousers.
Use rather leggings as an accessory and try to match them with the rest of your outfit. It should be quite easy as they are available in different colours. So it’s not only a good old black but brighter colours as well.
Leggings are not trousers so don’t use them as an alternative to trousers and don’t wear them with sweatshirt or short, tight tops as you might end up looking half naked.You might have noticed that the most common way how most women wear leggings these days is with oversized, long sweaters, long blouses or knee length dresses. It’s definitely the best combination and it’s very practical as well, especially when you have curvier hips or thighs.
As an accessory you can wear some huge belt and leggings definitely look best with flat shoes, like ballet flats or boots.
But oversized clothing is not the only way how to wear leggings. You can also wear them under mini skirts or short shorts, with some flat shoes, like sandals or cowboy boots.If you are like me and you’re not very pleased with the comeback of these very tight – fitted leggings I have one advice – give them a try, especially if you want to be ‘in’ this year you should have few pairs in your wardrobe.
Use these rules of how to wear leggings appropriately and you never know, you might even thank that old, experienced lady called fashion for bringing them back.