Emily Thungkaew

Leggings – use and abuse

By - May 22nd, 2010 04:00 am
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Leggings and Louboutin’s. Photo: Flickr via Seeking Intelligent Life.

In these days in between spring and summer, leggings have become my go-to for comfy, casual chic. But there is a fine line between leggings being your best friend or your worst enemy. Lately I’ve been noticing some abuse.

Sure, we won’t all look like stick-thin celebrities with our leggings and Louboutin’s, but we can rock a good pair just like any other girl next door.

Follow these simple guidelines and you will look ultra-cool with one of this season’s comfiest essentials.

This is NOT a good look for anyone, not even expecting moms. Photo: Flickr via Thelaughingstork

1. Pair leggings with an appropriate top. This is very important.  Leggings with a tight shirt is not OK. When two tight things are paired together, nothing is left for the imagination and the whole look starts to look Jersey Shore-ish. And despite the fact that most media is saturated with all things Jersey right now, it’s NOT a good thing.

2. Never pair leggings with a shirt that hits above the bum. No one wants to look like a pregnant Christina Millian (left) when running errands and, trust me, no one else wants to see it, either.

Hilary Duff doing leggings the right way. Photo: Flickr via bartbergan.

3. Do pair leggings with a loose top. Oversize t-shirts and tunics were made to be put together with leggings, tights and skinny jeans. Try putting your look together like Hilary Duff (right). H&M has great top options at low prices.

4. Know which style works best for you. There are so many different styles to choose from – long, mid-length, leather, shiny, lace, jeggings (yes, jeans + leggings) and more! Don’t be afraid to mix it up every once in a while. One day, pair your mid-lengths with a cute pair of ballet flats to be comfy and cozy, the next day, sky-high black booties with a leather pair to give your self a little edge.

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