Q: How do you feel about leggings? If I wore them in the '80s, can I revisit them now?
A: Yes to leggings—comfortable, cool-looking, body-friendly—but no to the spandex Olivia Newton-John showed off in Grease. These four rules can help guide women who want to adopt this ongoing trend:
  • Thick, unshiny fabrics like double knits don't show bulges.
  • Layering is crucial. Think of leggings as tights rather than pants; put them under skirts, dresses, or tunics.
  • Longer tops (at least to midthigh) camouflage tush, stomach, and hips.
  • Leggings can look tacky with the wrong footwear. I prefer flats, boots, or a low heel.

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