January 2, 2007 at 2:29 am kidswereus
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.
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.
Entry filed under: Confessions, Culture, Fashion, Nineties.