At a talk a few months ago, Alexandra Schulman was asked what she thought was the most dominant clothing trend in recent years. Her response was athleisure, and she isn’t wrong – just think back ten years ago!
Wearing joggers, leggings, hoodies and/or trainers was the preserve of LA-based rappers, but now if you walk the streets of any city, you’d struggle to find anything else.
The comfort provided is undeniable, and it goes without saying that a great pair of leggings is like clothing nirvana!
Leggings are like good underwear and are the scaffolding of many outfits. I am not talking gym leggings, but day or evening leggings.
They absolutely do suit everyone, you just need to find the fit that works for you.
For me, I’ve learned that I need a higher waist and for the leg to be cut just above the ankle. I would suggest avoiding colours and patterns, they are just too much work! A great pair of black or navy leggings is really all you need.
Starting at the top, Alaia are my all-time favourites! It’s all about the fabric, they’re thick enough to hide any bumps, yet they still have some give, so are truly comfortable. I have found them to be true to size – mine are a 38. At £500 they are not a realistic option and I was very lucky to find mine preloved from Sign of the Times (they do tend to get them in regularly). I opted for the viscose ones. They also pop up on Ebay.
The black pair above are from James Perse. I bought these in the Net-a-Porter sale, but the new stock is on the James Perse website and they also now have them in grey. Whilst these are really expensive, I would say that they are a great and worthwhile investment. For these, I opted for a US 6.
Phillip Lim is another brand to check out. This is the brand that I am wearing below and I found them on Ebay.
I also saw a gorgeous silk pair that have just gone online at H&M
My favourite investment pair are from Toteme.
Another fantastic brand is Amanda Wakeley and her brand goes up to a UK 16.
How to style them:
It is about balancing the fitted nature of the leggings with something a bit looser, but not baggy, especially if you want to avoid looking like an extra from a Vicky Pollard sketch! I tend to go for a boyfriend sweater in winter, or a similar shape t-shirt or shirt (by boyfriend, I mean covers the camel toe).
Check out Ninety Percent for the oversized knitwear and sweatshirts