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Fashionista NOW: How To Choose The Perfect Leggings?

Learn how to choose the perfect leggings with some practical fashion tips.

Leggings or tights are practically available at any boutique that sells clothes as they are considered part of the current fashion essential. Not only do they come in the usual blacks, whites and grays, they come in insanely broad variety of patterns, colors and textures too.

If you’ve tried leggings once and have fallen in love with their extremely comfortable leg-hugging properties and no-fuss, welcome to the club. I have said it before and I will say it again – if you haven’t tried them before, girl (or boy) what are you waiting for?

For beginners who want to know how to pick the perfect leggings, please continue reading for some practical tips that will make your leggings-shopping experience easy and fun!

Check the fabric content



Lovers of leggings have learned their lesson that their fabric content is the most important thing that you should look out. Leggings can be made of cotton, PVC,  lycra and also rayon. The use of different materials yields different coverage, in other words – it affects the level of sheerness or opaqueness the leggings.

Comfortable cotton leggings are my favorite and the reasons are because: They are not sheer (see-through) because I’m not Gaga, they do not get snagged easily (I have fingernails that are a tiny bit long for a vampire) and they last a really long time (I’m no Paris Hilton).

Know that a nice thick material of opaque leggings (which are made of cotton) can help hide stretched areas as opposed to sheer ones. Don’t forget to always cover your assets at all times because no ones to see your buttocks hanging out, no matter how wonderfully-formed they are (except for pervs).

You can also choose cotton-lycra or cotton-polyester-lycra combination which is fantastic for fashion and practical as work-out wear.

And then there are shiny leggings which are emerging as a fashion trend today. They are usually made of a mix of nylon and spandex. If you love leather/latex-like appearance that accentuates the shape of your legs – these are great for evening or clubwear. So go buy them!

Check for your body size

The rule of buying anything that you’ll be wearing is common sense: It should fit YOU. While, there are free-size legging types out there, you still have measure (or take into account) the size of your legs and hips. Some people are so skinny that the free-sized leggings will stay loose on them, making them look like anorexic.

Others (like me) have a heavier bottom that sometimes -through no fault of the material or the size of my rear end- can stretch the poor leggings beyond its capacity.

As a reminder, leggings are NOT pants or jeans and they are very tight fitting that they have the power to expose any extremes.If you’re too tiny (and not a baby) and if you’re too big, skip wearing them out at least. You can wear them as pajamas as long as you sleep alone and oh I’m so kidding!

And also, do keep an eye open for other important and most desirable leggings’ properties such as stretchable waist, extremely fitting-cut that flatters your figure, and make sure that they are stretchable (not too the point that they easily tear) and extremely comfortable.

Consider the clothes/style that you are aiming for

For a style with chunky footwear like boots, wedge shoes, or heels –  a pair of leggings that feature a zipper near the ankle is a good choice as you can adjust the pant leg to fit over your footwear. However, leggings with zippers at the ankle can be uncomfortable if you plan to wear tall boots tucked over them. In this case, just wear zipperless leggings instead.

Remember you can never go wrong with tunics or any blouse that covers your rear end when you’re planning to wear leggings. Just make sure that you DON’T ever pair heavily patterned leggings with equally patterned or printed top. Unless you’re attending an anti-fashion gathering or a Halloween party. Or else, you’ll only look ridiculous and the fashion police will give you a ticket. No one wants that right?

A muffin-top effect is never a good thing. Muffin top is term to describe the phenomenon of overhanging flesh that spills over the waistline of pants, skirts or leggings. So if you’re planning to pair your leggings with a mid-length or cropped blouse, please make sure that those leggings have a moderate to high waist in order to prevent areas of your stomach from spilling out like a freshly-baked chocolate muffin. Sorry if that sounded a bit morbid (or inappropriately delicious), my only intention is to be of help!

Are you ready to go out and shop for that pair of leggings now? I hope you are, and do have fun!

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