Leggings? Yes!

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When skinny jeans came back into style, I heard "the
80's are back!!" being trumpeted.  But for those of us who have
actually LIVED through the 80's….the skinny jeans of today are a far
cry from the actual 80's.  But when my little sister dragged me into Forever 21, I found myself surrounded by things like jelly bracelets, waaay too
much neon, and off the shoulder graphic tees that were bringing up
horrific flashbacks of big bangs and banana clips, of jelly shoes and
yoke-waisted pegged jeans.  Things I've tried to bury deep in my
subconscious.

ImageHandlerMy visit to Forever 21 was tied into my sister's visit.  Fashion-wise, my sister's visits
are always a good thing.  She has a completely different body type than
mine, a completely different style, shops at completely different
stores and hates to buy anything over $40. So true to form, she showed up looking amazing in something I hadn't even considered….the legging.  Which is how I ended up at Forever 21, surrounded by my worst
fashion nightmare.

Leggings are quite practical for moms.  They are comfortable, they are
cheap, they wash easily.  They are also great for transitional weather dressing when temps fluctuate.  But are they flattering?  With a little
inspiration from my very fashionable (but cheap) little sister, I think
we can make leggings work for moms. 

My sister's outfit that serves as my inspiration is pictured at left (she wasn't wearing make-up so I was forbidden to show her face).  Scotti is wearing black leggings from Zara, a gray tunic and yellow scarf both from Target, over-the-knee flat boots from who knows where and my mom's black cardigan from Banana Republic.  I would like to draw attention to the following:

1.  Scotti's leggings are not tights.  They are not tight-like or sheer in any way.  Leggings are thick and must be like pants.  But tight like leggings.  Again, NOT tights.
2.  Scotti's bum is covered.  Unless you are 15, when wearing leggings your bum should be covered at all times, even when your arms are above your head.
3.  Scotti's leggings are black. I also support dark gray.  Other colors are tougher to wear and should probably be avoided by moms.
4.  Leggings are also not stirrup pants.  Stirrup pants should never be worn by anyone under any circumstances. Period.

Since Scotti was the inspiration for this post, I will source most items from her mecca of cheap, cute clothing: Forever 21.  To recreate Scotti's outfit, consider the following items:

Leggings
Tunic
Sweater
Scarf
Boots

Above, we have the Kara Knit Leggings, $14.80, the Marlee Knit Tunic, $7.50, the Alesha Open Front Cardigan, $22.80,  and the Brushstroke Scarf, $7.80 all from Forever 21.  Staying true to Scotti, I've paired them with a very affordable flat faux suede boot from AmiClubwear.com for $24.99.

Scotti's outfit is great for those of us with larger hips, and those of us that need to camoflauge a little stomach ponch. 

Breastfeeding moms, or those that have both boobs and hips would look cute in the below outfit.  This outfit has the added advantage of using a little dress, which helps to guarentee bum coverage.  The sweater is the Cashmere Blend Open Cardigan , $29.80, the dress is the Sleeveless Knit Dress, $11.50, and the belt is the H81 Shirlie Woven Belt, $9.80 all from Forever 21.  Wear the same leggings and boots as the above outfit. 

Cash
Dress
Belt

I'm on a roll!  So just for fun, here's another breastfeeding friendly, little-red-riding-hood-meets-ballerina outfit that feels very Spring.  This would be cute with little ballet flats, but would also work with tall boots.  And the black leggings, of course.

Cape
Vest
Tank


But wait!!  I found another one!  This clean Woven Pintucked Dress (below), $24.90 over top of the super-sale Fab Striped Turtleneck Top, $3.99 (and leggings and flat boots) would be amazing, espiecially with the chunky Plastic Flower Ring, $3.80

Shift
Turtleneck
Ring

Somebody stop me.  Forever 21 is like fashion
crack.  And I think I need a pair of leggings. 

xo, S

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and shorts known as denim-underwear, always.

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6 Comments

  1. Well, Tina (aka my MOM) I think you could easily pull off leggings! You still have great legs. I will take this on as a challenge – the next time I’m home, we’ll work on an age-appropriate legging look.
    Love you!
    xo,
    S

  2. I love this! I was googling for Gwyneth’s uniform because I a) need to get dressed right now and b) wanted to write a post very similar to this one. Would love to have you do a guest post on RookieMoms.com on this very topic. Send me a note!

  3. As a woman with hips who has a deep attachment to trousers and boot cut jeans because of their hip minimizing, should I really dare attempt the legging?

  4. Bambi – I’m exactly the same way. I feel like my black riding boots at enough umph to the lower half of my body to balance things out and not draw ALL of the attention to my hips. Also, like in Sherry’s boards, flowier tops with volume help minimize the hips/hiney in tights, too.
    ~Jacci in Ohio

  5. Wow Jacci – nice reply! Bambi – take Jacci’s advice and give ’em a try! With a longer top, and tall boots, I think you’ll be surprised by how nicely everything balances out!
    S

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