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Leggings are a unique type of pants, and here is a list of things that make leggings what and how they are, today.
- Originally leggings were made as a garment of clothing for both women and men. Now, as the years have gone by, leggings have become a piece of clothing that mainly just women wear. Currently, about 90% of leggings are made for women. When men sometimes wear them they are typically worn for athletic activities, for example biking, swimming, running, and working out/ other exercises.
In the past years, the prices of leggings have done down significantly. In 2014, the price of leggings was about $50. However, 4 years later, in 2018, the price of leggings had decreased to about $20.There are so many different brands that sell leggings, so obviously the price varies, depending on the quality and brand. One of the brands that sells leggings is Urban Phoenicia. To see the selection of Urban Phoenicia leggings click right here.
- There is not one particular thing that leggings are worn for. They can be worn for exercise, for doing things like biking, swimming, running, etc. Leggings offer a full range of motion for your legs, so they work well for things like this. They can also be worn for just being around the house/ outside gardening, or doing something else outside. They can also be worn for being “out on the town” shopping or hanging out with friends and family. Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash
- It is thought, and assumed, that leggings, originated in Scotland. In Scotland many people, well, mostly women and children, did and do still wear leggings as an undergarment for their skirts and dresses.
- Leggings can be worn with such a variety of outfits! Leggings can be worn with a dress or skirt, to make it a little warmer, or to add some length and cover more of your legs. Leggings can also be worn with a t-shirt or tank top, on nicer days. They can also be worn with sweaters, hoodies, and long sleeved shirts. Another thing unique and special about leggings is that they can be worn with many different types of shoes. For example, you could wear leggings with boots, sandals, tennis shoes, running shoes, moccasins, flip-flops, booties, and more!
- In the 19th century, leggings were used by army men, to be a protective piece of clothing for their ankles. Can you imagine an army man wearing leggings!? What a funny thought!
Another thing that makes leggings unique is how one size can fit many different body types. Because of the stretchy material and the elastic band at the waist of the leggings, one size can be a perfect fit for many people of different sizes. Because of this, it really reduces the number of legging shoppers, who complain that it doesn't fit. Even if they didn't try on themselves before going buying them and taking them home, the leggings stretch ability drastically brings down the number of complaining consumers. This is part of the reasons why leggings are so popular.Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash
- Many people think that leggings are not actually pants, but they are! By definition, pants are a garment going from the waist usually all the way to the ankle, that cover each leg separately. Leggings fall under this definition of pants, so they are pants. Some people deem them inappropriate because they are so thin, but that is a matter of opinion, but they are pants, and there is nothing to prove that they are not.
Originally, when leggings were first beginning to be worn, there were two separate pieces of clothing, one for each leg. But now, they are all worn as one piece leggings.
- There are many different lengths of leggings. The most common types of leggings are ankle length leggings, which go all the way down to the ankle. Then there are also knee length leggings, which go just slightly past the knee. And lastly there are Capri leggings, which stop about half way between the knee and ankle. There can also be shorts that are the same material as leggings, with elastic at the top too, but they just don't go down far enough to be considered pants.
- Even though most leggings are made of cotton, they can also be made of a variety of other materials. Leggings can be made of leather, which is animal skin, lycra, which is what’s in leggings that makes leggings stretchy, a denim, lycra mix, which is referred to as jeggings. Jeggings, just like jeans, are not always denim blue, but they can also be different colors. Jeggings can be dressed up, or dressed down.
- Leggings are good for people with circulation, or blood flow problems, because depending how tight they are, they can be a sort of compression which is good for people with circulation issues.