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Fashion of Thursday, 28 February 2013

Source: Kehinde Oluleye

Leggings craze

Several years ago, leggings surfaced back on the style radar. This season, the reborn ’80s fad of choice is footless tights or leggings.

Not only have they shown up all over the runways, but they have become favourite fare of young leading ladies.

And the patterned leggings are the rage of the moment!

Tips on how to pair it

Mini: Leggings and skirts are truly a dynamic duo. If you have qualms about showing off your legs, add a pair of leggings in to the mix. Leggings enable skin-shy women to pull off skirts of all lengths. Choose a colour that coordinates with your top, and keep in mind that dark colours are always more flattering.

Shirtdresses: Stepping out in a sturdy shirtdress, tights add an extra layer of style, often in the form of a pattern or colour. When it comes to sun dresses and other breezy numbers, take caution: most flirty frocks are just too light for tights.

A good rule of the thumb is that if the dress demands heels, stick to bare legs. On the other hand, flats and sandals work, leggings will too.

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