Leggings may get the award for the most polarizing item in fashion. I happen to love them but can see other’s disdain when not styled well. And even if that part is in the bag, there’s still the issue of fit and quality. For an item that appears so simple and basic, it’s easy to go wrong. In fact, it’s a challenge to find a good pair that are street worthy. Fabric is everything. Thick enough to shape and contour, but thin enough to lay smooth. No bunching at the knees please. Fashion brands should take note from some of the best in athletic wear – namely Beyond Yoga, ALO and Lululemon – all personal favs. There’s a reason their leggings have a cult like following.
Meanwhile, I’m on the search for a black legging that will wear well with oversized sweaters, blazers or peeking out from under dresses. Thick, matte black to give them a more upscale look that differentiates them from gym clothes. For starters, I’ll give WARDROBE.NYC, Toteme, and Vince a try. Other suggestions welcome.