The Different Types of Leggings: An Ultimate Guide
Leggings are quite a versatile fashion piece that every woman needs
in her wardrobe. Chances are, due to their growing popularity in recent years, you already own a
And as all-purpose apparel, leggings provide supreme flexibility at the gym as you work out or do yoga stretches. They can also be easily dressed up for a more chic look on a date or even to work. Or, you can simply wear them around the house for a self-care day or when you work from home.
Let’s explore some legging types, as well as their lengths, fabrics and styles. Plus, we’ll take a closer look at the shaper leggings that Leonisa has to offer. Learn some of our favorite styling tips on how best to wear leggings and pull them off as a classy and fashionable look.
Besides your choice in compression styles, leggings come in a variety of lengths from which to choose. The right legging length can offer you both comfort and confidence. Let’s take a look.
Leggings come in a variety of fabrics, but some are built for activities while others are made for comfort. You
can find anything from cotton, spandex, nylon and even leather and suede. Since leggings conform to your legs
pretty tightly, keep the fabric quality in mind if you have sensitive skin (or have freshly waxed or shaved).
Besides the length and fabric, leggings are offered in a variety of styles to suit a number of activities and
When it comes to leggings at Leonisa,
women can choose to purchase shaper leggings and sculpting leggings. And shaper leggings offer many benefits!
For starters, shaper leggings may help women achieve their fitness goals by increasing perspiration. Typically made from stretchy, compression fabrics, these leggings apply gentle pressure to the muscles to create a smoother look and increase athletic performance.
For women with cellulite, shaper leggings offer a way to smooth out the dimples that usually can be seen beneath the thighs and bum.
To make you feel confident in your own skin, shaper and compression leggings can also conceal your skin during certain activities, like running in a public park. Compression leggings keep the skin stretched so that it reduces the dimpling effect of cellulite, essentially massaging it away.
A much more optimal choice to shorts, compression leggings, in particular, offer lots of benefits such as:
- Freedom of movement
- Avoiding chafing
- Help reduce shin splints
- Help increase blood flow to the muscles
- Help reduce muscle soreness and injuries
- Allow you to jump better
- Make you appear slimmer
With all these significant advantages, let’s explore some of Leonisa’s shaper and compression
Tips for Wearing Leggings
Now that you have a grasp of the different types of leggings and their numerous benefits (such as shaper and
compression leggings), let’s take a look at how you can make them look super stylish. Here are some of our best tips to dress up leggings and wear them correctly.
Leggings for the Office
While some offices have stricter dress policies, others are a bit more relaxed, allowing you to get away with
dressed up leggings. However, even so, there are some tips to keep it classy. Make sure your tops cover and
conceal the leggings’ waistband to keep the illusion of more formal pants or trousers. Also, keep printed
leggings to a subtle pattern (like, maybe avoid tiger stripes) and keep colored leggings more muted with neutral
Leggings for Curves
If you have a curvier silhouette, leggings can help to smooth out areas to allow you to feel more confident and secure in your body. Choose leggings styles with a high waistband, like our tummy control leggings, that help tighten your midsection and belly. Shaper leggings like this can also conceal cellulite, stretching your skin flat so it’s less noticeable.
Pair Them with Heels or Loafers
While you may be used to wearing leggings at the gym with your running shoes or sneakers, try switching your
footwear to something more classy and super-chic like heels or loafers. Think ankle strap heels during summer or
heeled booties during winter months.
Loafers work great, too, and offer a more comfortable look. They’re also a great addition for office attire, especially when you choose a leather or suede animal print.
Wear Them with Layers
Leggings look ultra-stylish when worn with layers, like a silk button-up dress shirt or a flowy tunic top. Layers are also important to keep you warm in cooler weather, so consider a chic blazer, cardigan or even wear them under a sweater dress. You could even wear leggings under a summer dress to offer some extra comfortable coverage while preventing chafing.