February 5, 2023

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Wearing Leggings Under Dresses Is Trending Again

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Warning: This pairing may stir up some nostalgia.

Before the athleisure movement—which deemed workout gear suitable attire for just about any situation—leggings served a more practical purpose. We’re sure you remember wearing them under dresses, long tunics, and denim miniskirts to add a little more coverage to your look. Though it’s been viewed as a tabooed pairing, designers, as they have such power to do, are showing it in chic new ways, making us reconsider our previous judgments.

 

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Prada Spring 2021 Menswear

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In Miuccia Prada’s last solo collection for the brand before Raf Simons joined as co-creative director, she showed a lot of minimal dress and tailored separates, many of which were worn over a simple pair of black leggings. The silhouettes of the skirts ranged from full to slim, exhibiting the range of the pairing.

 

Missoni Fall 2020

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Haider Ackermann Fall 2020

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Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2020

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leggings under dresses

Prada’s runway was not the first time this pairing popped up. On the fall ’20 runways, designers like Missoni showed leggings under dresses and skirts in a greater range of colors and prints, while Salvatore Ferragamo opted for a more minimal pairing à la Prada. Albeit rather slowly, the trend is starting to surface among the bolder street style icons, as well.

 

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leggings under dresses

How do we emphasize comfort without disregarding style? This pairing at its core is highly functional—leggings keep your legs much warmer than a pair of tights would and allow the wearer greater mobility than they would have in a flouncy dress or skirt.