Leggings always deserve an introduction, or rather a disclaimer that it’s a piece of clothing that was made for off-duty and workouts, not for streetwear. The piece evolved with time, because women took to it, mostly out of practicality and comfort. Still, there are leggings and there are leggings. Not all models are street-style-worthy, so let’s take a look at some combinations and rules to follow.
First of all, let us all forget about the existence of nude leggings, they were a MISTAKE. I truly believe that fashion is not always smart and occasionally introduces pieces that are completely wrong. Nude leggings definitely fall into this category. Opt for black and always mind the thickness of the material. Not long ago, I was walking behind a group of people, guests at a wedding. A woman was wearing extremely transparent leggings with a visible thong, she had a plus size bottom on top of that and all the wobbling made it a sight I would rather not have seen, if you know what I mean. So the second absolute rule is: provide coverage for your bottom. Ok, the exception to the rule is going for a run in the woods or the track, going to Pilates or aerobics. But other than that, the butt MUST be covered.
Autumn is a leggings friendly season, because we can wear a variety of knitwear and different lengths to style them with. For instance, a longer coat or knit piece make the perfect combo, because they’re loose and create a nice contrast with the skinny leggings. A long shirt is another option, which you can style with either sneakers or ballet flats, even high heels, but to pull this look off, the leggings have to look like super skinny pants, and fortunately there is an abundance of this type of models. They’re reminiscent of leather pants and they often have a contrasting or glittery lateral line. As if you were wearing super skinny leather pants, except they’re not made of leather. This type of leggings goes great with ankle boots or high heels, it’s an appealing everyday look.
Layering is a great way to style leggings, because they provide a perfect backdrop for all the different layer lengths. If you’re crazy about lace, opt for models that have a lace trim; they’re usually a bit shorter, but not all. Avoid crop leggings, the summer is gone, so opt for ankle-length models instead. Leggings and a denim or leather jacket are another gorgeous combination, especially with the leather effect I mentioned earlier. And one last thing: leggings don’t last forever, they’re like stockings, which means you have to replace them with a new model when the season changes; they stretch out of form and wear out between the thighs.
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