The keys to finding the right pair of Leggings
Leggings have long come out of the fitness niche and made their way into the world of fashion, and even though they are seen just as much in the high street and the clubs and bars, they are still a functional item used for sport and exercise. The same reasons for buying leggings for fitness and exercise run true for fashion, and here at Cubbypot.com we highlight the factors top consider when purchasing the right leggings for you.
The number one most important factor when choosing a pair of leggings is the right fit. Obviously, they can be too big, too small, long, short, wide and so on, and the best way to determine the fit is when you squat or raise your knee to your chest. Does the waist on the leggings move down your body when you squat? If they do they are clearly too big and not tight enough around your waist, causing them to move down your body. If the waistline creeps down your body then you know they are not the right size for you.
On the other-hand if during your squat test the leggings dig into your tummy and you can feel them tugging, then they are too small, and may feel generally too tight to your waist, and while tight leggings might feel like they are pulling your tummy in, they are likely to have the opposite affect and make you look bulgy.
It's important that your leggings fit snugly around your waist and hips, with a high-waisted leggings being optimal for both casual wear and fitness.
Another key point is to stay clear of leggings that bunch or ripple around the knees and ankles, which would indicate they are too long for you or are made from a less superior type of fabric.
Look and Feel:
If you have a few pairs of leggings you will soon notice that they are not all the same and are made from a lot of different fabrics, giving one a very different look and fell to the other. In some ways this is positive because you may want a different style of leggings for different purposes, eg super-stretchy leggings for the gym, and a slightly softer style for fashion wear.
Either way it is extremely important to buy leggings that are made from good quality fabrics, and in that way they will be versatile for sports or for pleasure.
Leggings that are made from a combination of Polyester and Spandex/Lycra are generally worn for sports and fitness, and fashion leggings are usually made from a combination of Cotton and Spandex/Lycra giving them a less shiny and more matt or satin look, and have a slightly softer feel to the touch.
Leather look leggings or shiny leggings have a shiny or almost wet-like appearance, and have become popular in recent years, mainly due to them being portrayed by catwalk models and TV celebrities. These can look great with the right outfit though are slightly less forgiving and may not feel as comfortable as either cotton or polyester based pants.
Function and form:
The right leggings should be the ones that suits the use you need them for, either in the gym or on a night out around the town, or even a trip to the shops. There are plenty of leggings to choose from to meet your needs.
For general wear choose a pair of leggings that are cotton based because they will feel softer and be much more comfortable for everyday use, such as prolonged sitting. If you can avoid leggings with zips, pockets or strings as they tend to press on your skin and irritate. Leggings with a high-waist would be preferable if you are sitting or bending for long periods, with the waist helping to make the pants more stable.
For active wear, such as running or cardio work, choose a pair of leggings that are more durable with a higher content of nylon or polyester. For running these leggings could be equipped with a pocket for your phone or health monitor, and choose leggings with better sweat wicking, to reduce heat and sweat from your legs. It is also helpful to have a slightly lower waistline to enable the diaphragm to move and improve your breathing.
Also choose a pair of leggings that don't bunch or ripple, not only does this look unsightly, it can also irritate around the back or your knees.
Different types of Leggings:
- Ankle-Length Leggings
- Mid-Calf Length or Capri-Length Leggings
- Capri-Length Legging
- Knee-Length Leggings
- Stirrup Leggings
- Footed Leggings
- Leather Leggings
- Disco Leggings
- Sequin or Shiny Leggings
- Shiny Leggings
- Colored Leggings
See our fabulous range of leggings here at Cubbypot.com