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Leggings | An Overdue Conversation

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Urban Graduettes, leggings are as much an area of contention in fashion as they are a hot trend that does not seem to be turning lukeskywalkerwarm anytime soon. We here at Urban Takeøut have nothing against leggings. When worn the RIGHT way they can be very sexy by giving just enough visually but, like a good storyteller, have us Urban Grads wanting more.

Since we’re on the subject of being visual, let’s start by giving some ‘visual’ examples of how not to wear leggings via Fantasia Barrino, Paris Hilton, Meagan Good, and three random tweens. The last example is just simply saying you shouldn’t wear the same ostentatious leggings in groups (But they are young so whatever).

FACT 1. Leggings are not pants. — This is the most important fact and the number one mistake-maker among those who don’t agree with it (The Stylish Islander can back me up on this one). Let’s get this out the way first Beyonce made it cool to have a rotund ass, Jennifer Lopez did NOT start this trend. Then Rihanna and famed big-ass celebutante Kim Kardashian further reinforced this desire. So if you know you have a big ass there is no need to bring further attention to it. We know that you know it’s your best asset because every time you take a picture you turn around and give that one-hand-on-hip-back-turned-looking-over-shoulder butt pose. The next time you wear leggings try having the top portion of your caboose covered. Keep it subtle…real men appreciate it (Trust me, us Urban Grads can still tell if you really are “blessed” in that area).

FACT 2. If you look thirsty someone will give you a Gatorade. When I say thirsty, I mean don’t wear leggings that make you look like your thirsty for attention. I understand that there are a lot of intriguing and unique leggings out there, but understand that there is a difference between intriguing and unique shoes and stripper heels too…so don’t get it twisted. Case-in-point, Nicki Minaj, awesome body (it should have a separate post lol) but why does she look like an off-duty stripper named Licorice in that pic? Could it be the glitter leggings? NO HATE but I just wish more women who had great bodies understood the cunning craft of femininity.

FACT 3. Diversify your bonds. — Everyone knows that leggings are IN right now, but don’t let them make up the majority of your autumn/winter and spring/summer bottoms. Simply put, buy some real pants too.

Here are a couple examples of curvaceous women who have done it right. Keri Hilson has given herself the option of being able to pull her shirt down and hide more bum and here Kim Kardashian does the same. This pic illustrates my point that you don’t need to have your ass in plain sight for it to be noticed; and if you have a great one then sometimes you just can’t hide it.

Until next time…

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January 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm

The Urban Graduate [play.vs.away]

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I noticed this trend for the “homme”s popping up on the runways during Paris’ fashion week…leggings with shorts. Some designers chose to have the leggings pulled all the way down the leg and some didn’t.

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Givenchy chose to pull the leggings up towards the knee. This is a little more tolerable, for me at least.

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But below, I think this is the only time I have seen the trend done “right.” The longer shorts and the hi-tops [Those look like the Pierre Hardy hi-tops on his feet] make the look more urban and less “I would never wear that off of a runway.”

Honestly, I just want to know how our urban grads AND graduettes feel about this look and what do they propose to anyone who may try it. So what do yall think? PLAY or AWAY?

Big shout-out to the JAK & JIL BLOG for their awesome visual coverage of fashion week in Paris.

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January 28, 2009 at 1:30 am

The smARTORIALIST: Ladies…keep it tight

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With the increased popularity of the 80’s Revival and American Apparel, tights have become very fashionable for the female Urban Grads (especially when there isn’t enough time to shave those legs).  Well American Apparel isn’t the only game in town…well they are as far as the United States goes.  There is a company located in the United Kingdom that has a “massive selection” of tights for all occasions.  Check out a little of what tightsplease has to offer.

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Lebourget Alma Leggings

Jonathan Aston Ringers Tights

Cette Riga Tights

Pamela Mann Printed Tartan Tights

Levante Wet-look Capris

Don’t worry Urban Graduettes these tights are not expensive.  Visit the website http://www.tightsplease.co.uk to browse through the collection.  There are sheer tights, opaque tights, fishnets, footless tights, leggings, suspender tights, lace and crochet tights, children’s tights, and even tights for the pregos/expecting mothers.  So ladies, remember that the Smartorialist told you to keep it tight.

Post Scriptum I just wanted to put up a picture of these sequin tights by John Varvatos:

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