Often dismissed as a faux pas, the body-hugging not-quite-pants are being recast (and embraced) by high-fashion labels from Celine to The Row. Just don’t call them ‘yoga pants.’
For many, leggings are fashion’s bad penny, coming back again and again thanks to regrettable moments of mod, 1990s grunge revivals, various fitness crazes and Gigi Hadid’s Snapchat. To others, they’re the most comfortable item in the closet, a go-to that’s easier to wear than jeans and even slimming, when styled right. With the rise of “athleisure,” some women go to extremes, dressing as if in a perpetual state of heading to-or-from the gym, no matter the occasion. The debate rages on: Leggings…trashy or trés chic?