Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Leggings

Fashion is a cycle and sometimes we combine the present and the past trends but mostly the season trends comes back and Leggings are one of them. Leggings are a type of fitted clothing covering the legs, which can be worn by both men and women.

Modern leggings are typically made from a blend of lycra, Spandex, nylon, cotton, or polyester blend, but they can also be made from wool, silk and other materials. Leggings are available in a multitude of colours and decorative designs. Honestly, I'm not a lover of leggings but I have to admit that once you know how to wear it right, it will look chic and you'll feel more confident and comfortable.

In the past, people wear leggings made of buckskin or wool for protection against cold and animal bites and later on it become a wear for exercise. But, originally leggings are a trend that surfaced in the 1950s and slowly faded away only to reappear in the 1980s. In the 21st century, the trend has again reappeared and can be spotted throughout Hollywood and on the runway. The great thing about leggings is you can dress them down, dress them up or just use them to lounge around in. No matter what you use them for, leggings are without a doubt a trendy clothing item and the release of the popular film Flashdance, to reach mainstream popularity!

Nowadays, leggings can be worn with anything, anywhere and for any occasion. Great for adding some funky to smarter clothes, or for glamming up a party outfit, they have grown to become an essential wardrobe staple. It is perfect for any daytime outfit by pairing it with a denim skirt. It can be worn fully exposed, in place of trousers, or partially covered by a garment such as a skirt , a large t-shirt or shorts, or fully covered by an outer garment, such as a full length skirt. Avoid using leggings as an alternative to trousers because it is not a trousers and never wear them with sweatshirt, short, or tight and waist length tops as you might end up looking half naked.
The best way to use leggings is by wearing it with with oversized, long sweaters, long blouses and shirt or knee length dresses most especially if you have a curvier hips or thighs. Alternatively, you can pair it a seductive heels, flat shoes like ballet flats or boots and you can play it with big and huge belt. Or if you want to be bold find an exotic fishnet leggings that are a wonderful way to tease. Certainly, you can get the flirtatious look without going overboard and pair the innocently sexy leggings with cute strapy dress and you’re sure to get more than a few appreciative glances.

These accessories provide a whole new level of versatility and should be part of every woman’s wardrobe. Weather you’re dressing up or dressing down, they’re perfect for your summer outfits.