The Most Wearable Leggings
By Emili Vesilind
If you’re wondering her are the most wearable leggings. Leggings. The word sends shivers up the spines of women packing even an ounce of extra padding below the waist. But the clingy bottoms — which traipsed back into style a few seasons back — aren’t going anywhere. In fact, some of the edgiest names in fashion recently unveiled amped-up new versions of the body-hugging staple for spring 2010.
Never fear. You don’t have to be a size 2 to rock the hosiery-inspired pants. With everyone from Marc Jacobs to Lindsay Lohan creating leggings collections, there’s an avalanche of fabrics, patterns and fits to choose from. And the best news is, leggings — when they fit properly — can feel as comfortable as a pair of flannel pajamas.
Leila Baboi, the West Coast staff stylist for Women’s Wear Daily, contends that there’s a pair of stretchy, skintight leggings for every woman — regardless of age or body shape. What’s the key to pulling off the look? “Pair them with a long and slouchy top,” says Baboi, who has dressed Scarlett Johansson and Ashlee Simpson. “A cropped top or a too-tight tank will throw the balance off.”
Here are some of the stylist’s savvy tips on how to work the lean-and-mean look — without adding extra pounds or delving into overly trendy territory:
Choose Long Over Cropped