Are leggings supposed to offer the same fitting as tights? Because they basically perform the same function only that you can’t wear tights with booty shorts or use them to work out. Leggings have been designed to offer a snug fit all through the legs, and if you get the right size then it won’t sag from behind when you try to sit down, your crotch won’t show and it won’t be extra shiny on the knee and thigh area.
Material used in making leggings
The most common material used in making leggings is spandex, which is combined with cotton, or polyester among other types of fiber to come up with the best material for the leggings. If you are looking for breathable and comfortable leggings for your skin then find one that has incorporated cotton in its manufacture. My absolute favorites have to be these ones by Lululemon: Here is the link to them on Amazon
Leggings made from Econyl are also durable and you should probably consider checking them out. There are also some poor quality material used to make leggings and are available in a combination of spandex and polyesters. The above stretch out too quickly thus become too thin to wear as they tend to be too revealing. And if you have noticed most of the cheaply priced leggings are made of transparent material thus have a short life span especially when they are exposed to constant washing in the dry cleaner.
We also have those that are made from thick durable material, this type rarely shows too much skin and can withstand the intensity of the dry cleaner.
Types of leggings
- Stirrup Leggings – are characteristic of a strap-like feature that is worn under the ankle and offer a comfortable fit. It goes without saying that these are the most contemporary type of leggings and you, therefore, don’t have to hide that pretty detail inside your sneakers or boots.
- Pattern leggings – patterned leggings are pretty fashion-forward, and don’t have a specific season or event with which you are to wear. Some of the famous patterns are such as the leopard and geometric pattern; this type of leggings are made of heavy material and can be paired with an oversized chambray shirt, a tunic length sweater or an oversized cardigan.
- Disco leggings – well this one did cause quite a stir when they were first introduced more so as they were available in different bright colors, such as pink, silver, wine, and black. Their shiny appearance makes them stand out and pairing them should be the least of your worries because they can be worn with tops that reach the waistline or the ones that go down to the hips.
- The Midcalf length leggings – These types are famous among the younger women and do come in a variety of prints and colors. They don’t go all the way down to the ankles but fall in between the knee and the ankle, are characteristic of soft stretchy material, and work best when paired with shorts, tank tops, or the baggy t-shirts.
Leggings Strength test tips
The first rule before buying any type of clothing is that you have to know how they are supposed to fit and while at the shop try to move a little while wearing the cloth to see if its restricting movement or is cutting somewhere on your skin abnormally. Below are some of the tests that you can try out as you search for the perfect fitting legging.
The movement test- So once you have your leggings on, try twisting on them, but don’t twist too much to rip out the seams, try and see if you can squat, jog in them and even lunge. So what are we looking for here, the first thing is to check if everything is still in place or whether there was a lot of movement; if so you need to find a smaller size but if you cannot perform any of the above moves then the leggings are too tight and you will have to get a bigger one.
You should also try to sit while in them and be conscious of how it behaves while on your body, some will restrict movement and even prevent you from putting one leg on top of the other.
The stretch test– Before you put on the leggings just stretch it out with your hands and you will know if it is wearable or whether it is going to be problematic to put on. There are those leggings that are made of a shiny material like the disco leggings and there are those which when you put on they will stretch and become shiny, proof that you need to get a size up.
Leggings are to behave like your second skin with minimal to zero wrinkles behind the knee and some sort of loose-fitting at the ankle area.
How to tell if leggings are too small
The first indicator that the leggings are too small, you will notice that a big chunk of your stomach is hanging out; there might also be some wrinkles around the stomach which means that the leggings are too small for you.
The second test is to do the squats, and while at this, check if your underwear shows, or your skin, if you can see this two then that legging is not the right fit for you.
Lastly, around the crotch area you will notice some slight whiskering, well this is not good and definitely means that the leggings are too small and tight.
Leggings that stretch to the point of showing your skin are made of poor quality fabric and you should not consider buying them, a good fitting legging is neither too loose nor too tight. The crotch areas should not have a lot of fabric hanging and neither should it be too tight. So for the perfect fit, put on your leggings and stand up straight, then check on how the fabric lays over your body, from the waist to the hips, and down to the legs. There shouldn’t be any extra wrinkling or straining.