The Do's And Don'ts Of Leggings

By Katherine Hahn, GalTime Contributor

To spandex or not to spandex? It’s a question for the ages if there ever was one. Few debates have splintered the fashion masses as decisively as whether or not to employ spandex pants as, well, pants.

To some women, it’s just plain tasteless to show off one’s backside, even if it’s technically covered in 98% polyester.  

On the other hand, you can find whole tumblr blogs devoted to the trend, and even celebrity fashionistas like Pippa Middleton, Rihanna, Sofia Vergara, Lindsay Lohan, Emma Watson, and Kristin Cavallari have been there, done that.

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So, what’s a girl to do? Start the New Year off by styling your favorite leggings just right. Celebrity Stylist Melanie Pace shares the do’s and don’ts of with GalTime. (PS: Leggings as pants is one of her biggest pet peeves!)

The 10 Commandments of Leggings:

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  • Do pair them with boots.

  • Don’t wear leggings that are too sheer. If you lift your arms or bend over and we can see skin, that’s more than we want to see.

  • Do experiment with different colors and textures.

  • Don’t wear leggings with an oversized print in the areas you’re trying to minimize – this will just make those areas look bigger.

  • Do wear them under a dress that’s a little on the short side.

  • Don’t wear leggings that end at the knee or slightly below – this length isn’t even flattering on a 6-foot model.

  • Do pair them with wedge sneakers, a long T-shirt and a leather jacket, for an edgier look.

And, finally…

What’s your favorite way to rock leggings? Comment below and let me know!

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