Legging look must be right top to bottom

April 03, 1991|By T.J. Howard | T.J. Howard,Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO Because they are flattering to a variety of shapes, leggings might well be one of the brightest fashion stars this spring.

"Anyone can wear leggings, even prints," says Shawny Burns, fashion director for Bloomingdale's. "It's all a matter of proportion."

If you have a great figure, you can wear a cropped top or short dresses, however, if you're figure is larger than a size 9 or 10, better stick with oversized sweaters and blouses or blazers that hit mid-thigh.

For heavier legs, dark colors help minimize as does a diagonal print. Floral designs are fine for larger legs if they are kept in smaller, more subtle patterns.

"Try leggings on before buying them," says Burns. "Leggings are less traumatic to buy than a bathing suit, but you need to make sure you have the right size, especially if you are buying a print. Look in a three-way mirror to see what leggings look like from behind. You don't want a print to appear over-stretched."

As for footwear, fashion experts advocate pairing leggings with flats. "You need a certain openess to the shoe so the foot doesn't look too heavy," says Nena Ivon, fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue.

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