Monday, January 6, 2014

Knit Jeggings & Embellished Leggings

I just wanted to talk a little bit today about leggings.  Obviously leggings have been back in fashion the last several years.  They are incredibly comfortable & are a great alternative to typical jeans or tights.  However, let's face it guys, I'm no spring chicken & regular leggings don't look quite as cute on my bummie as they do on a teen!

Thankfully we are now starting to see more of a structured legging (aka knit jegging) in stores that are perhaps more suited for us adults :-)  They typically have more of a pant-type structure to them.  Usually they are made from a heavier fabric & have the traditional button & zipper & maybe pockets.  Personally, I feel this suits me better when I'm going to work or would like to wear a top that doesn't completely cover my bum.

I also have another pair that are still the elastic waistband like a true legging, but they do have a piping down the sides of the legs & are still made from a thicker material.  There are also some with a little faux leather detail, which I wouldn't mind adding to my closet!  Once again, I prefer to wear these when I want to look more dressed up or professional.  I feel like the additional detail provides extra polish.

Keep in mind, if you are wearing leggings under a skirt, dress, or shorts stick to the traditional basic leggings. You don't want to add any bulk when using leggings as a layering piece.

I recently got these from American Eagle Outfitters.  They come in a variety of colors - I have the gray.  They are just as comfortable as a regular legging, but offer me more options for wearing.  I wore the outfit below when I ran errands that entailed a lot of bending & lifting & also when I went roller skating with the family.  They are incredibly comfortable & easy to move in, but I'm not self conscious about wearing them with a shorter shirt either.

Below are some other options from a variety of stores (links below):

Embellished Leggings & Knit Jeggings

MNG by Mango legging

Merona ponte pants

Mossimo skinny pants

Well, there you have it, a more "mature" option for those of us who like the versatility & comfort of a legging while still presenting a fashion forward & polished look.  

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