Leggings hardly need any introduction. They are seen everywhere. Worn by girls and women of every age, they are now the trendy alternative to chudi-pyjama and have proven a tough competition to jeans which was once considered suitable for Indian garments. This garment is very versatile in nature serves dual benefits as such it can be worn and paired with either kurtis or salwars.
Leggings simply put are tight fitting lower wear or trousers. This garment first found its way into the fashion world during the 80s and the 90s. It was worn and highly popularized by pop stars like Madonna and Whitney Houston. Today, the fashion designers and houses have re-introduced this garment with much fanfare. As a result the GenX has enthusiastically welcomed it with open arms.
Leggings are usually made from a lycra (90% nylon, 10% lycra) or from a blend of cotton-lycra, or a cotton-polyester-lycra or a spandex blend. They are also made from cotton, silk, wool etc. and blended accordingly to create a stretchy, fitting garment. Available in many colors, prints and designs and sometimes embellished with sequins or rhinestones, they come in 2 types:
These leggings are the most popular and versatile. The length of these garments reach all the way to the ankle.
Stirrup leggings too are the most popular and versatile. The lengths of these garments also reach all the way to the ankle. But they are quite different from the ankle-length leggings. And that is that they have a strap or stirrup that goes under the arch of the foot.