Leggings, revisited

January 2, 2007 at 2:29 am 3 comments


These sleek-looking things were the rage during the nineties. Originally, leggings were meant for gym enthusiasts and dancers (or those who would like to look like one). But in the nineties, they were considered as a must-have fashion item. Moms and daughters clamored for leggings because first, it was made of stretchy material that made tummies and ‘pusons’ look tiny, almost invisible. Consequently, leggings were more comfortable to wear. They were lighter than your usual pair of jeans.

the horrific Gym Leggings of the 90s

Don’t be shy to admit that our fashion IQ back then was below average. Our leggings had three specific looks back then. The first category is the Stirrup legging. This one has a little strap for the heels of our feet. The second category may be called as the Printed legging. The legging usually came in nice geometric or floral patterns and is usually made of cotton (I know this because I owned two pairs and I was sad to let them go). The last class of legging is the Crumpled legging. The fabric is artfully rumpled making you look like icing. It’s cute really.

These leggings were usually worn with those gold slip-ons that were made of nets. If you’re Filipino and you’re reading this, you probably still have that pair of shoes lying around in your house. If you remembered to skip the gold net slip-ons, you probably wore your favorite pair of leggings with Doc Martens (I know I did).

The year 2006 revived the leggings but it was a bit kinder to the woman. The leggings may be worn under baggy but tasteful shirts with an oversize belt to offset the bagginess. I love how the fashion world has turned the fate of the leggings.


So pretty, so glam!


Entry filed under: Confessions, Culture, Fashion, Nineties.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Caruray  |  January 2, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    I remember during my Ate’s debut so I was 7 years old then, leggings were so “in.” Then, after awhile nawala yung trend. So, leggings were back to sports and dance pros. I even remember my cheerdancing friends and I wearing leggings with shorts or skirts on top of them because my gradeschool/ highschool wouldn’t allow us to wear shorts only for practice. Then my ate used to tell me how baduy it looked, but look now, it’s soooo trendy again!

  • 2. Justine Serrano  |  January 2, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    I remember as a kid, maybe around 4-6 years old, I wore leggings almost all the time. I actually owned the 1st two types of leggings & I do remember very well those gold slip-ons ’cause my aunt used to wear that all the time. Years passed & these items became tacky then come 2006, leggings were back! And it’s cool how you get to play with all your clothes & match ’em with your trusty leggings.

  • 3. kidswereus  |  March 10, 2007 at 2:17 am

    It’s so funny how fashion makes a turnaround. Remember in the eighties how the stuff were glittery and tacky? I mean look at us now, we’re wearing freaking gold ballerina slippers and carrying silver totes.


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