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How To Wear Leggings

Leggings continue to be a go-to trend for the spring/summer 2012 season. This year, they have branched out from the usual cotton/spandex/Lycra models, predominately in black, to a new breed in many materials and colors. Leather versions, treated with a hint of spandex are particularly in fashion for the spring season.

Pastels, prints and colors

Leggings made of a lightweight cotton/spandex come in many colors this season. The hottest colors are tangerine and hot pink. When worn with a boxy, sheer tunic and flat sandals, they make the perfect accompaniment to an otherwise boring outfit. Printed kinds are also hot this year; with floral prints ruling the fashion roost. An outfit of the printed kind mixed with a monotone colored long blouse and gladiator sandals is the perfect look for the summer months.

Patterned Leg Wear

This clothing choice also comes in patterns that incorporate a one color weave of pattern in the material are especially hot – think of them as having a bit of sheer fabric with stitched piping up the back, or a diamond shape graduating up down the legs. Plaid and paisley are also making a rare appearance in the for the summer and is an interesting match with a short denim jacket, loose fitting t-shirt and leather ballet flats.


Perhaps the biggest trend of the spring season is the snakeskin pattern. Faux snakeskin is appearing everywhere in pants department, but is most prevalent in denim that have been hand dyed and treated to have a subtle snakeskin pattern throughout. These jeans, made popular by the brands Joe’s and AG, come in all colors including red, cobalt blue, green and hot pink. These cuties are best paired with a plain one-color shirt and a pair of flats or skyscraper heels.

Basic Black

Black cotton/Lycra pants are a staple in any wardrobe. This year, there are kinds with different options in leg openings and length. The standard ankle length, slim-legged leggings are still the most popular but a new breed of bootleg cut, and bell-bottoms are also available to purchase in most major retailers. They also come in capri-length, regular, petite and tall lengths and in low and high waist versions.

Leggings are a great option instead of pants for the spring and summer. They are a perfect pair with a cute blousy top, a jacket and a t-shirt or under an a-line dress or mini-skirt.