Leggings originated in the 13th century to keep peoples legs warm and protect them from things such as bites and chapping. In the 19th century leggings were used by the military to protect their legs and to prevent debris entering their shoes as well as providing an element of ankle support.

Leggings in the 1990s however became somewhat of a fashion item worn by many women with a large belt and shoes. In the early 1990s they began to outsell jeans however leggings became a dying trend by the late 1990s.

Leggings made a comeback in 2005 taking over the fashion industry and continue to do so at this present time. Made out of materials such as cotton, spandex and nylon in a variety of colours and patterns its hardly surprising that women all over the world choose to wear them.

Leggings come in a variety of styles including…

-Classic leggings available in hundreds of colours and patterns.

-Shiny leggings these can have a leather or wet look appearance.

-Jeggings these are the latest trend in leggings giving the illusion of wearing jeans through their colour and jean like traits such as pockets and zip flies.

-Sports leggings these are generally worn to keep sports players warm. They can also be worn by dancers to enhance movement.

You will find leggings in hundreds of colours so you can find the perfect pair to go with your outfit. The patterns available now are more exciting than ever ranging from tame and subtle to wild and eccentric. Experiment with chain looks, Aztec, stripes, spots, zigzags, themes, flowers, skulls, crosses, flags etc. You really will be stuck for choice.

The fantastic thing about leggings is that they go with almost anything. Dress them up or down to create the perfect outfit wherever you are. Team your leggings up with oversized t-shirts and jumpers to create a faddy relaxed look. They can also be worn casually under shorts, dresses and skirts however you can spruce up and create a look good enough for hitting the town.

Leggings also look fantastic with footwear such as gladiators, pumps, converse, hi-tops, trainers, plimsolls, espadrilles, heels and boots.

Men have also begun to wear leggings more frequently over the last few years. They are often worn and layered with shorts and baggy t-shirts. The London electro music scene has a noticeable fashion trend in leggings as well as at fashion shows. Mens leggings are generally labelled meggings.

Classic leggings don’t appear to be going anywhere just yet so get yourself down to your nearest high street stores and see what sort of fashion statement you can pull off.