The Real Woman's Guide to Leggings
Dos and Don'ts
When wearing leggings, there are some dos and don'ts that can mean the difference between fashion plate and fashion victim.
Do layer leggings under pieces that are long enough to cover your behind.
Don't wear leggings with short tops. Think of them as tights, not stretchy pants.
Do keep it simple: Black leggings are the most elegant, and they match everything.
Don't choose leggings in bright colors or wild patterns unless you're a teenager. Neutral shades are much more sophisticated and flattering.
Do choose a length that flatters. "Be sure to pick a pair that stops at the thinnest part of your calf," advises Misty Elliot, spokesperson for Spanx. "For most women, leggings look best in longer lengths."
Don't wear leggings that stop above the middle of the calf: This faux pas makes legs look shorter.
Ready to jump on the bandwagon? Leggings are popping up in stores everywhere. Check out some of our favorites.
Best bargain: Old Navy Footless Tights, $12.50, in black or brown. (oldnavy.com)
Best selection of shades and fabrics: Hue. We love their cozy Marled Footless Sweater Tights in Black or Espresso, $18. (hue.com)
Best body-slimming: Spanx Tight-End Footless Bodyshaping Tights, $24, can make you look a size smaller. (spanx.com)
Best plus-size pick: Lands' End Active Wear Cotton Leggings, $34.50, come in sizes up to 3X. (landsend.com)
Originally published on LHJ.com, November 2006.
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