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Leggings refer to several types of leg coverings. Modern usage from the s has come to refer to elastic close-fitting garments worn over the legs typically by women, such as leg warmers or tights. Usage from the 18th century refers to men's wear, usually made of cloth or leather that is wrapped around the leg down to the ankle.
With the widespread adoption of the synthetic fibre Lycra and the rise in popularity of aerobicsleggings came to further prominence in the s and '80s, and eventually made their way into streetwear. Leggings in various forms and under various names have been worn for warmth and protection by both men and women throughout the centuries. The separate hose worn by men in Europe from the 13th to 16th centuries the Renaissance period were a form of leggings, as are the trews of the Scottish Highlands.
Separate leggings of buckskin leather were worn by some Native Americans. These were adopted by some Long HuntersTom Petty - A Face In The Crowd fur trappers, and later by mountain men. The Buckskins were mostly a dull grey brain-tannot the bright, glossy vegetable tanned leather commonly used today. Cowboys wore leggings of buckskin to protect from chapping caused by riding, wear and tear to their pants, and bites from animals, such as snakes or insects in the scrubsuch as ticks.
In many places, especially in colder countries such as Russia and Korea, men and women continued to wear wool leggings into modern times, often as an Leggings & Lycra outer layer for warmth. The linen pantalettes worn by girls and women under crinolines in the midth century were also a form of leggings, and were originally two separate garments. Leggings became a part of fashion in the s, as trousers similar to capri pants but tighter. Since the late 19th century, soldiers of various nations, especially infantryoften wore leggings to protect their lower leg, to keep dirt, sand, and mud from entering their shoes, and to provide a measure of ankle support.
At first, these were usually puttees —strips of The Message - Various - Legs woolen cloth resembling a large bandage—which were wrapped around the leg to support the ankle.
They were usually held in place by a strap attached to the cloth. Later, puttees were replaced by some armies with canvas leggings fastened with buckles or buttons, usually secured at the bottom with an adjustable stirrup that passed under the sole of the shoe, just in front of the heel. The soldier placed the leggings around his calf with the buttoned side facing out and adjusted them and the strap to Leggings & Lycra a proper fit.
Leggings typically extended to mid-calf and had a garter strap to hold them up and were secured with a tie just below the knee. Military leggings extended to the bottom of the knee and buttoned to the bottom button on the knee-breeches.
They are sometimes confused with gaiterswhich extend to the high ankle and are worn with full leg trousers. Late in World War II, after experiments with general issue of high-top combat boots and jump boots for soldiers, leggings began to disappear from military service. Inthe United States Army modified their field service shoe by Delago* - Didge Goes World a taller leather upper that reached to the lower calf; secured by a combination of laces and buckles, the new design was designated the Type III Field Boot.
By the s, the old style of field shoe had given way to combat boots in most military forces, and leggings of any kind were obsolete. Leggings, usually bright white and often made of patent leather or buff are now worn primarily for ceremonial purposes.
Leggings in the form of skin-tight trousers, a tighter version of the capris ending at mid-calf or near ankle length, made their way into women's fashion in the s, and were worn with a large belt or waistband and slip-on high heels or ballet flat —styled shoes. Nylon lycra leggings are often referred to as bicycle or running tights, and are shinier in appearance than those made from cotton. Some have racing stripes or reflective patterns to further distinguish them as athletic wear and provide extra safety.
However, since the s exercise-style leggings have also been worn for fashion Leggings & Lycra as street wear. Leggings made from cotton-lycra, or a cotton-polyester-lycra combination, are more typically worn for fashion, but are also worn as exercise wear. Cotton-lycra leggings are available The Message - Various - Legs many colors, prints and designs; but black, navy and various shades of gray remain the most commonly worn.
Wearing black leggings under long, often diaphanous, skirts was part of a Untitled - Jooklo Duo Feat. Tero Kemppainen - Natural fashion trend of wearing gym or dance clothes as street wear that evolved along with the fitness craze and under the influence of the movie Flashdance and the long-running Broadway show A Chorus Line.
A more recent trend has been the wearing of black leggings with Leggings & Lycra . By the earlys, leggings were actually outselling jeans in many parts of the United States.
Fashion turned against leggings for a short time in the late s and early s. Inleggings made a "comeback" into fashion, particularly in indie culture, with capri-length leggings being worn with mini skirts and dresses. Consequently, leggings are also now popular to wear with oversized, long sweaters, denim mini skirts, plaid skirts, short dresses The Message - Various - Legs short shorts.
Leggings are also worn under athletic shorts i. Nike Successor - Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace shorts especially in colder weather. Leggings also come in capri length and bike short length. The bike short length is popular under sports uniform shorts and under skirts and dresses as a fashionable item and to keep from showing too much.
At the Marni Men's show during the Fall Fashion Week, outfits with leggings designed solely for men were introduced. K-pop idols have been wearing male leggings under shorts as a fashion item since the s. They emerged as a popular fashion trend in the lates decadeparticularly in as reported by Stylesignal and other trend forecasters.
These leggings are most often a blend of nylon and spandex and come in a variety of colors, although most commonly in black, silver, or gold. These types of leggings are notable for their leather, or even latex appearance and are most often worn as evening or clubwear. Shiny leggings were featured on fashion runways by many leading designers and were further popularized by celebrities such as Lauren ConradKelly Clarkson and The Message - Various - Legs and Ashley Olsen.
Popular makers of shiny leggings include Members Only and American Apparel. Leggings are sometimes worn during sports and other vigorous activities. Runners, dancers, and exercisers may wear them alone or with athletic shorts over them—particularly in cold weather under a sports uniform, e. Leggings have even been worn by a hurling full back. Leggings have become a part of many school uniforms. Many schools that have uniform requirements allow leggings as an option in cooler and colder weather as long as the required skirt or dress and required socks are worn over them.
There has been societal debate about whether leggings are clothing on their own, which can be worn without covering, or are an accessory only to be worn with other items covering them, such as skirts, dresses or shorts. Leggings do, in fact, count as pants—provided Take Me Back - Mercury Blue - Mercury Blue are opaque enough that they don't show your underwear.
There have been a number of instances of people wearing leggings as pants who have been restricted or criticized for their actions. Inschools in Sonoma County, California banned students The Message - Various - Legs wearing them as outerwear,  as did a Massachusetts school in In Herbs - Homegrownthree children flying on a Leggings & Lycra pass were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight by a gate agent who decided that their leggings were inappropriate.
United Airlines defended its position, while rival airline Delta stated via Twitter that leggings were welcome on its flights; United said in a statement that it does not bar regular female passengers from boarding if they are wearing leggings. Restrictions on wearing leggings is sometimes linked to slut shaming or body shamingwith critics noting The Message - Various - Legs " Navy ceremonial guard wearing white canvas leggings as part of the U.
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