How to wear leggings? When you are not on your way to the gym how should leggings fit anyways? What is proper fitting how to recognize good quality leggings among all the options that you can choose from in the store? We’ll start with the fitting and the quality and then we’ll tackle the matter of styling leggings as part of a complete outfit first point and probably the most important one how should leggings fit?
You might think no one cares its elastic anyways always works but actually no you can still have ill fixing or well-fitting leggings a good pair is not that easy to find first in terms of length you have different types of leggings obviously. A Capri legging is great if you have ballerinas with it it’s just stopping below the knee it’s great. If you have long legs and ankle-length is called to extend your legs. If you are smaller if you are shorter but then proper ankle length. I have a pair of Benetton leggings which are obviously cut for shorter people they slide up at them.
So they always seem too short or they are sliding down at the waistband level. They’re not working and the length it’s just not matching my body. Leggings like these are not right for my body and it’s important to take the length into consideration when you’re shopping for leggings. Then the next thing to know if the leggings are actually your correct size is to look at whether the seams are pulling sideways typically you see that at the level of thighs. When the seams are pulling you can see the thread you see the seam becoming visible and if it pulls even more than this. You see the elastane stretching in the fabric if you see that on your leggings then it’s not your real size and you should consider going one size up next point is the vertical seam.
The one around your bum it should be long enough so that when you sit down you don’t have to hold your leggings up they don’t slide down when you sit down if you see that you’re letting the sliding down it means that they’ve been cut, the pattern is made for a body that is leaner that has less curve than yours. You need to go for a design that allows for more curves than for comfort it’s also extremely important that your leggings aren’t too tight around your belly. Otherwise, you get the so-called muffin top effect even if you’re super slim and lean. It’s not a matter of body it’s a matter of pattern of the leggings so I’ve got leggings from Halluber they’re great because the waistband is not pressing at all onto my body.
This one is the low waist and then this is the second example of high waisted leggings you see the waistband is completely different the elastic is wider it’s because it’s for high waisted leggings choose the heights of the waistband depending on your body type. Whether you want or need support for your belly or not. Now let’s move on to quality which is important for leggings as well first the thickness of the fabric it needs to be thick enough otherwise you’re going to feel naked and people will see everything you’re wearing underneath. A good test for this is to sit down is it transparent can people guess the shape and color of your underwear under the leggings. If yes, then the fabric is probably too lightweight then for aesthetic reasons this time it’s important that the leggings contain some elastane.
A good value is around five percent because if your leggings are cotton only, one hundred percent cotton then they will mark around the knee the fabric will extend and lose its shape in the course of the day and also more and more as you watch the leggings. So a bit of an elastane is actually a good thing in terms of fabric composition fiber content. I would say a good mix is a viscose elastane or cotton elastane. It looks good it’s comfortable. It breathes well. You won’t sweat in it and it’s stable fabric so that’s a good mix to look for avoiding leggings that aren’t completely synthetic fabrics.
They’re not breathable at all and the worst of the worst that I would avoid always is faux leather because that’s complete plastic and to have this letter shiny effect on the surface it means that it’s completely opaque so you’ll get warm in there your skin will not breathe and it will be sweaty. Here’s an overview of all the pairs of leggings that I’ve shown so far you see two old ones plus three new ones you see their difference in fit, in fabric and in fabric thickness clearly I’m sure you can see the difference last but not least how to style leggings.
Once you found your dream pair in terms of fitting and quality this is how I would wear mine. When I wear leggings I want the top to end below the crotch I want my hips to be covered unless you’re super body confident and you’re sure that your leggings are thick enough. But I feel like leggings are not a replacement for pants. I will always be aware of my panty line I don’t want a panty line to show there, anywhere and in this case, seamless underwear is a great option highly recommended it solves your problem.
No matter how much you’re moving in your leggings my standard look here is to wear leggings as tights with a tunic or very short dress. But, since I’m told dresses, look like tunics on me anyways and to combine that with flat sandals. For a more sporty option, I can combine my leggings with shorts and sneakers that are the very, very casual look in which case the leggings could even be a little bit thinner. Because here it doesn’t match up and for the office or to go out I would combine them with heels like proper high heels and a purse.
So this is how I would wear leggings at least whether it’s okay or not to wear them as a replacement for trousers depends on the country in the region of the world you live in really for example in the US I know it’s very common people wear leggings everywhere even in the workplace whereas in Europe at least in France and Germany it’s considered too casual and you wouldn’t see leggings as a replacement for pants in an office.
How about your country? How do people wear leggings? Do they wear something else on top? I’m curious to know I think it’s a very cultural matter whether it’s appropriate, appropriate or not.
Thumbs up if you enjoyed this video and if you learned something new. Thank you very much I did previous videos on close-fitting one about how shirts should fit business shirts and one about how a suit should fit. So I will link both videos here in the corner for you on the little ‘I’ or down below under this video in the description you’ll find everything there and you can watch more if you’re interested in having clothes that fit well. I will see you very soon again for a new video and until then, take care. Bye.