I nonetheless discover it laborious to simply accept leggings on everybody, regardless of the context. Do I have to recover from it and acknowledge that, within the spirit of physique delight and freedom, it’s the means of the world that everybody, all ages, needs to be acknowledging leggings as actuality? Are there any guidelines about when you may and might’t put on them any extra? — Rhona, Philadelphia
There’s little query that the transition to leggings as life-wear that was underway pre-Covid was, like so many different phenomena (on-line buying! hybrid work!), fast-forwarded in the course of the pandemic. All of a sudden even these of us who fell into the leggings-are-not-pants camp and seen them as health club gear started to see the upside of lounging round at dwelling in what are basically thicker tights.
And when you get used to that … nicely, it’s laborious to return, whilst all of us return to public life.
Certainly, after I requested Tory Burch — who as the ability behind her namesake label and Tory Sport has thought loads about how garments and leggings match collectively — what she thought, she mentioned: “I’m at all times stunned by the leggings debate. At this level, they’re as important to our wardrobes as T-shirts and bluejeans. Mixing them with ready-to-wear is solely what number of ladies costume in the present day, whether or not they’re headed to the health club or not.”
That mentioned, not all leggings are created equal. Like sneakers, leggings can run (no pun meant) the gamut from efficiency gear to skilled get-up. Which of them you put on when matter. And as with most issues in life, so does context.
For instance, the extra technical, and techno-patterned, Lycra kinds — the type that telegraph: “I’m going to SoulCycle, and I’m going to crush it in the present day” — are in all probability finest left to the sports activities for which they’re meant. In any other case you danger trying as when you could segue right into a downward canine or camel pose as quickly as work will get disturbing.
However thicker leggings, which can be found in neoprene, leather-based, stretch ponte and even denim (sure, I’m speaking about jeggings, however how far they’ve come!) are leggings-like largely in that they’ve an elastic waistband and a component of stretch and might slide extra simply into the wardrobe of on a regular basis. Some actually have a little bit of flare on the ankle, which supplies them the whiff of pants.
Which brings me to the way you put on them. In terms of leggings in nontraditional legging settings, it’s all in the way you body them.
Don’t, for instance, put on your leggings with a T-shirt, bra high or sneakers in a nonworkout atmosphere, be it a espresso store, restaurant, office, movie show, airplane, what have you ever. Additionally, don’t put on them with an oversize button-up shirt until you’re intentionally attempting to channel the Eighties.
As a substitute, consider them extra like capri pants however ones that don’t supply the choice to tuck in your shirt. Pair them with ballet flats, chunky-soled loafers or ankle boots and a jacket or maybe a tailor-made tunic high. You gained’t look as if you’re breaking any unwritten sartorial guidelines. Simply … nicely, stretching them.
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