It started last season, when approximately three quarters of the runways featured a pair leggings with almost every look. Styles as varied as evening dresses and fur coats to casual skirts and tunics were layered on top of leggings or footless tights. Black was the most common color, but everything from charcoal to white (I’ll never understand why anyone would want to wear white leggings a.k.a fat highlighters anyways) was available. There were even some lace-trimmed numbers in case anyone wanted to relive the 80s. What’s next, stirrup pants and neon? Linebacker style shoulder pads?
I know fashion is cyclical. I know designers are often inspired by the past. But why, oh why do we have to bring back the worst of the eighties? Leggings and big slouchy sweaters are flattering to approximately 0.5% of the population, and those are the tall, thin women who look good in everything. Footless tights and leggings cut the line of the leg and make you look short and squat - why would you ever want that?
Leggings are evil for another reason besides their remarkable ability to draw attention to less-than-perfect legs. They make everything look the same. Put whatever you want on top of the leggings, it all looks like the “fashionista 2006″ uniform. It’s overdone and it’s boring.
Where’s the uniqueness? Where’s the individual style? Why did all the spring runways (well, with the exception of the futuristic fabulous but unwearable clothes atBalenciaga) blend together in one grayish white mass of pale neutrals, baggy tops, and yet more leggings?
I know one thing I will NOT be wearing this fall, winter, or spring. Please, do your legs a favor and just say no to the evil leggings.