Okay, so this post may seem silly – how I wear leggings – but I am a leggings virgin, complete novice. And in the event there is anyone else out there who may consider dipping their toe into the new norm that are leggings but don’t know where to start, this style post might help.
I have generally resisted fashion style trends for months if not years at a time; my head is very much still stuck in the decade spanning 1997 – 2007, even though I left that juvenile body and ability to eat anything without physical consequence behind absolutely years ago.
Grana launched their Activewear range a few months ago and I thought I’d take the plunge and invest in a pair or two of leggings*. There is certain justification for me because I’ve taken up Pilates, and I needed something long length to see me through the colder months because let’s be honest, who wants to bare their legs during winter in shorty shorts?
Describe leggings then
Things that used to be worn under skirts but now seem to be fully fledged pants in their own right now?
They’re that awkward item in my head where they should be a layering piece but in reality are now substantial enough to be worn alone. And with this new upturned silhouette in style where skinny on bottom and oversized on top is the norm, this actually makes them quite acceptable.
So, do you treat them like normal pants?
Within reason. If you’re using them as part of your everyday dressing, they’re sort of like a polite covering when you’re wearing something oversized that isn’t a dress and walking around bare legged with undies is just not an option. Think your common cosy jumper-leggings combination:
The whole point about leggings is that they give freedom of movement and comfort – no front wedgie, an accommodating waistline, easy to move around in. This therefore makes them an excellent choice for active pursuits as well as travelling. If you want to avoid looking like you’re about to Crossfit your heart out before boarding that Boeing 747 though, leggings are relatively easy to dress up by adding a more structured element like an oversized blazer and ankle boots:
Ultimately if you wear leggings in a non active situation, to avoid weird proportions and to not look too casual you should probably just pair them with oversized tops at all times – boyfriend shirts, big jumpers, tunics, dresses. In this sense they make great lounging clothes for home and off duty too.
This is a work in progress, but I’m definitely not hating leggings or incorporating athleisure into my style. It doesn’t feel too alien, or makes me self conscious about my appearance. If anything it probably makes me look less dated overall (sorry 21-year-old me, I know you want to play but the world has moved on).
Also, the suitcase in these photos is incredibly dusty. It’s not mould, I can assure you.
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