For several consecutive seasons, the black legging has one of the most beloved and ubiquitous wardrobe go-to pieces there is. Until now, the main selling points of this sleek fashion staple have been its comfort and versatility. Black leggings paired with a soft cotton tee create a look that is comfortable and chic, but they can also be dressed up when paired with a more dramatically stylish dress or top. Ultimately black leggings are the utility player in your wardrobe: they serve various functions, but are not usually the star of your ensemble. This is rapidly changing, though. With materials like luxe leather and textured velvet coming into play, black leggings in 2013 are proving to be anything but typical in womens fashion.
There is a plethora of leather leggings making a sizzling impression right now. The Oh Snap Leggings1 in particular make an incredibly bold statement. The cutouts and buckle snap details on these sleekly shiny leggings evoke the feel and silhouette of a garter belt. Pair them up with a babydoll dress and studded boots for a look that is fierce, feminine, and flirtatious. Feeling less risqué? Go for the Brandon Leggings2 instead. They retain the gleaming, glossy lines of the Oh Snap Legging without the provocative details. They’re also super versatile: keep them casual with an oversized sweater, or give them a trendy edge by wearing them with a fashion-forward jacket. If you want the best of both worlds, however, you should check out the Davis Leggings3. The graphic matte patchwork accents add a dynamic contrast to the faux leather material, enhancing curves in all the right ways. Wear these sexy yet restrained leggings with a cropped top and hidden wedge booties for maximum impact
Feel like embracing your softer side? The new black leggings of this season are now available in an assortment of fabrics and textures that make them stand out from their more typical counterparts of years past. The simple and stretchy Caged In Leggings 4 might evoke the leggings of yore, were it not for the slyly sexy peekaboo cutouts adorning the sides. These look adorably retro when paired with an oversized graphic tee. Or for a more luxurious take on the trend slide into some softly supple Velvet Leggings. They’ll be cozily couture when paired with a sweater dress, or edgily elegant when worn with a structured blouse.
Black leggings have been in vogue for eons, but that doesn’t mean this trend is going stale: on the contrary, designers have been making this iconic wardrobe staple more relevant than ever by experimenting with bold new fabric and pattern choices. Whether you’re a longtime devotee or a novice to the trend you’ll go crazy fort these anything-but-typical black leggings.
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