Leggings are an interesting fashion statement that just doesn’t seem to go away. They are a great idea gone terribly wrong. The leggings were originally used as a thicker nylon to ensure proper coverage when wearing a short skirt. They have now become a replacement for pants! And it’s no longer just the preteens and teenagers wearing them, but women into their 40’s! Let’s go over the rules for wearing leggings, just so everyone is strait with them.
Age Appropriate Please
Leggings are not appropriate for women who are older than 30. They simply show too much and act as a second skin. For most people, this is not a flattering look. Even for those who have lean and long legs, the leggings are simply not as flattering as a good pair of structured jeans or khaki’s are. People under 30 can get away with it as being something that the young wear. Remember, wearing things that are not age appropriate will only cause you to look older than you actually are.
Not Appropriate Substitute for Pants
Leggings are like tights. They are made of a thicker nylon material that stretch over the legs and butt, hugging curves that they are meant to cover. This makes it possible to see every feature of the body. While this is not typically a problem when wearing the leggings with a skirt, when using them as pants, everything is exposed. It is possible to tell what kind of underwear you are wearing and if you are skipping underwear completely. Put something over the leggings, please.
Skirts not Shorts
When putting something over the leggings think about it first. Would you pair that piece with a pair of nylons? Most people do not wear nylons with shorts, even short shorts. So then why would a person pair short shorts with leggings. Short jean skirts are appropriate to wear over leggings, but not shorts. Especially not boxer shorts. Nothing works with boxer shorts, girls. Remember, no mini skirts over 30 either.
Mini dresses are very revealing and need additional pieces to them in order to keep them legal. Please, do wear leggings when stepping out in a mini dress. Just make sure that the leggings go well with the dress. There are so many different styles of leggings, it should be a cinch to find the right leggings for the mini dress. A pair of strappy heels will help to make the leggings and mini dress really pop.
Classy vs Trashy
Leggings can look classy if care is taken when picking them out. Pick leggings that are solid in color and made of a good material. Having a variety of leggings to match your outfits is a great idea. This includes pops of color and neutrals to allow the outfit to shine. If the leggings begin to get runs, ditch them. Do not continue to wear worn out leggings simply because they do not have massive holes in them. Instead, stick to the classy look to avoid looking trashy with the leggings.