Straw poll - will you be wearing leggings under dresses this summer?

(267 Posts)
Pinkflipflop Fri 24-May-13 15:20:25

I hope this is still acceptable!

Dresses are so, so short everywhere!

Leggings mean I don't have to fake tan blush and keep me warm!

Will you be wearing leggings this summer?

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Fri 24-May-13 15:21:08


No way.

They completely ruin the look of pretty summer dresses.

There are long enough ones out there but agree that Primark etc are full of barely arse skimming frocks. And I'm only wee so who exactly are they designed for?? confused

MirandaWest Fri 24-May-13 15:27:25

I wear footless tights and sandals as my feet get warm and my legs don't. I am happy with this smile

It is def

MirandaWest Fri 24-May-13 15:28:39


Is definitely better than the person I saw yesterday with v thin leggings on and a top that didn't cover her bottom. At least I could see she was wearing knickers I suppose....

Pinkflipflop Fri 24-May-13 15:29:41

blush I am so lacking in style!

miranda which footless tights do you wear? I always find them v sheer looking.

Pagwatch Fri 24-May-13 15:30:30

God no.

Anjelika Fri 24-May-13 15:30:47

I certainly will - either leggings or footless tights - as I suffer with veins on my legs and need an alternative to the maxi dress.

sjuperyoni Fri 24-May-13 15:31:37

I've bought cropped leggings for some dresses from last year that my huge bump have rendered too short this year. Dresses thst come to mid/low thigh or longer i just wear alone. Long leggings under look queer to me, shorter ones look nice imo.

derektheladyhamster Fri 24-May-13 15:32:09

I will be too

starfishmummy Fri 24-May-13 15:32:17

I don't wear short skirts but if the weather carries on like this I will be hiding leggings under everything to keep warm!

mummywantsaliedown Fri 24-May-13 15:34:37

Cropped leggings for me, much too afraid of showing tomorrows laundry every time bend down to play with the kids.
But then I wouldn't describe myself as very fashion conscious :-)

CajaDeLaMemoria Fri 24-May-13 15:35:13

No, not leggings. It looks horrid, completely ruins the look.

Tights (maybe thick ones if it stays like this!) or jeans.

ifancyashandy Fri 24-May-13 15:37:49

Not in a million. Commit to the skirt!

PareyMortas Fri 24-May-13 15:40:32

No, not a good look.

FrugalFashionista Fri 24-May-13 15:46:49

Leggings under a dress and particularly leggings under a skirt will make almost any dress look dated. Exception allowed if you are pregnant (fewer choices in maternitywear).

Opaques and sheer tights are fine, but don't go for the cropped legging look.

Startail Fri 24-May-13 15:58:14

Dresses are garments that come to mid calf. Anything shorter is a tunic and can be worn with leggings under it!

ihatethecold Fri 24-May-13 15:58:58

I must be dated then. shock

Very summery dresses I wouldn't but normal dresses I would. After 3 pregnancies how am I supposed to hide the damage (veins etc)?

Also if its above the knee to much then they need coverage.

Knee length I can cope with the exposure wink

MousyMouse Fri 24-May-13 16:00:52

it's just to bloody cold for anything but woolen jumper

Ihatemytoes Fri 24-May-13 16:02:43

No. Never have, never will!

Pendipidy Fri 24-May-13 16:04:19

I was thinking this about a white dress i have bought for summer. But white leggings? Think it could look bad...

defineme Fri 24-May-13 16:05:59

So leggings no people, what are women with unsightly varicose veins supposed to do? If it's warmish and you don't fancy a maxi dress or trousers, what would you suggest? Is a tunic and leggings ok?Genuine question...

Surely anything shorter than a couple of inches above the knee will require leggings? Or is that classed as a tunic? <easily confused>

SantanaLopez Fri 24-May-13 16:12:19


AnnoyedByAlfieBear Fri 24-May-13 16:14:12

I'd wear tunics and leggings. My legs are atrocious.

I will be.

toastandmarmiterocks Fri 24-May-13 16:15:22

No to leggings I'm afraid. I don't think they are flattering.

SgtTJCalhoun Fri 24-May-13 16:17:04

Yes. Most of my friends do too and we are not a frumpy bunch at all wink.

Pinkflipflop Fri 24-May-13 16:18:48

What is the difference between a short dress and a tunic?

nkf Fri 24-May-13 16:19:04

I will. It's great. The summer frock for the sunny intervals. The leggings because it will be chilly. And a cardi for the windy bits. Dated? Who cares?

Pagwatch Fri 24-May-13 16:23:17

If people want to wear them I don't recoil in horror or anything.
I just don't like them not least because anything that cuts your leg in half makes legs look shorter and mine are short enough.
I just look for knee length. I can wear knee length. French connection have some nice knee length summer dresses. I have about three of those.
I only wear skirts and dresses so mine get worn for great chunks of the year

parabelle Fri 24-May-13 16:28:01

Am wearing dress (v. short) and leggings today. May have ruined the look with winter books, cardigan and a winter coat. It's sooooo cold!

LilacBreastedRoller Fri 24-May-13 16:28:19

I've never done this and I'm not about to start now. If I think a dress it too short to feel comfortable in, I just don't buy it. By it's very nature a dress isn't something which prompts me to consider extra bottom-half garments. But I don't care if other people do this, it's just not for me.

LilacBreastedRoller Fri 24-May-13 16:29:14

blush at "it's".

Trill Fri 24-May-13 16:30:08


FrugalFashionista Fri 24-May-13 16:52:20

I'd probably have the varicose veins seen to and treated. A friend just had this done and she is very happy with the results. In the meantime, wear leggings by all means. But does the top really need to be a dress?

LadyVoldemort Fri 24-May-13 17:12:38

It's a no from me.
I hate my legs so either wear linen trews, maxi dresses/skirts or knee length dresses. Leggings just don't look right on me

SgtTJCalhoun Fri 24-May-13 17:15:38

Yes because we're all in the position of being able to have touch up cosmetic surgery to correct our little imperfections frugalfashionista grin.

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Fri 24-May-13 17:17:58

I will be.

thoughtsbecomethings Fri 24-May-13 17:19:33

With dresses I will depends on the style of the dress.

FrugalFashionista Fri 24-May-13 17:36:15

My friend had hers done via the public healthcare system. MIL had the same procedure. Both very satisfied. And another friend had some ugly spider veins zapped with a laser and it cost less than 100€. But that of course would buy a lot of leggings - your choice... wink

Yonihadtoask Fri 24-May-13 17:38:46

Not me. I wear running capris most days - for running.

If am wearing a dress - I am bare legged.

If it's cold - I wear jeans. Still waiting to get out my summer dresses..

FunLovinBunster Fri 24-May-13 17:42:37

Bit Chav, tbh.

VikkiiKawaii Fri 24-May-13 17:44:01

I wear leggings with some of my dresses and I certainly don't think I'm a chav. It's comfy and good for the day when it's just a touch to cold to go bare legged.

RussiansOnTheSpree Fri 24-May-13 17:49:10

God yes. Or tights. Or jeans. Because ultimately WARMTH is what matters. HTH

BranchingOut Fri 24-May-13 17:50:25

No, I never got into this and think it is a bit late to start now...

I tend to wear knee length or just above knee length dresses and ignore any imperfections on my legs. When it is super hot, I really don't care!

Decided not to worry about maxi dresses this year either. Tried last year and couldnt find one - my stomach is still a bit bulgy (size 12), so I don't think they're for me. The rest of me is fairly slim, so the tendency to look a bit pregnant is always a danger in a maxi dress.

nkf Fri 24-May-13 17:51:26

I think the combination looks simple and feels comfortable. But that's what I like. I don't think that I've ever liked anything that is highly regarded on MN. For example, the advice to wear jeans and heels on a date. And I notice that everything that gets the thumbs down is high on my list of desirable clothing.

My plump thighs chafe and I don't think blotchy pale legs look very nice anyway and I'm not doing fake tan - so leggings best option grin

I would. Not because I feel the cold (which I do) but because the skin on my legs is awful, no matter how much I exfoliate, moisturise etc. No-one wants to see that!

Soupa Fri 24-May-13 18:00:19

Oh yes, my legs ruin the look of a summer frock. More bill beaumont than Kate moss.

BegoniaBampot Fri 24-May-13 18:03:08

Wore leggings with a shortish tunic style dress for the first time the other day. Loved it - warm, practical and comfortable and made a nice change from me always wearing jeans atthe moment due to the weather. Husband even got a hard on.

WizardofOs Fri 24-May-13 18:04:06

No because I have a policy of not wearing things that I wore last when I was a teenager. I only wear dresses that are long enough to cover my sturdy thighs which are the colour of frozen chicken and I like my lower legs (apart from the colour) so not worried there.

Didactylos Fri 24-May-13 18:05:13

with the way I feel this summer Ill be wearing a burqua
(and yes, with leggings)

Rubena Fri 24-May-13 18:08:04


meglet Fri 24-May-13 18:11:38


I have grim (hairy) legs and work in a freezing air conditioned office.

SgtTJCalhoun Fri 24-May-13 18:15:02

I think this moot. It doesn't appear that there is going to be a summer.

I am wearing leggings today actually with A BIG WOOLY LONG JUMPER! in late May sad.

GeorginaWorsley Fri 24-May-13 18:15:02

Doesn't offend me,but I don't.
I wear alot of knee length dresses when it is warmer,with bare legs.
I think it is a tiny bit 'dated' ,but if it suits your lifestyle and legs then ignore me grin

hugoagogo Fri 24-May-13 18:18:38

I last wore leggings in 1995 with my Neds t shirt. [wistful]

It seems a popular look and I am sure it's comfy, but not for me.

SundaySimmons Fri 24-May-13 18:20:42

Yes. I'm old and like to wear summer dresses and find leggings a great way to still wear dresses and sandals.

dexter73 Fri 24-May-13 18:22:39

lol at tunic and leggings causing a hard on!

moosemama Fri 24-May-13 18:36:30

I find this really depressing.

So we aren't supposed to wear linen trousers, chinos and capris don't flatter those of us that are generous of rear thigh and/or have cankles, maxi dresses don't suit anyone and now we can't wear leggings to facilitate non-embarrassing wearing of summer dresses either.

Apparently summer is only for thin people and the rest of us have to resign ourselves to either staying indoors out of sight or being a fashion faux pas no matter what we wear. sad

<<finding it all very hard this year after losing a lot of weight through hard work and exercise, loving not having to worry about what I wore and then regaining it all through injury and ill health sad>>

BegoniaBampot Fri 24-May-13 18:37:01

Yes but you didn't see how hot I looked, he couldn't wait to rip those leggings off! Or maybe he's just perverted.

polyhymnia Fri 24-May-13 18:37:50

No way. Just get my dresses long enough to be on knee.

Would only contemplate leggings with something that is v obviously a long top/ tunic ( eg with Breton stripes). And even then only round house or at most to local supermarket.

I think with the right dress it can look pretty and demure. With some summery pumps and a cardigan.

But then I only wear what I feel comfortable in, and the only way I feel comfortable in a dress is if I'm at least attempting to cover my legs up a bit. So sue me.

CremeEggThief Fri 24-May-13 18:44:48

Tunics and leggings.

Dresses and tights.

Knee length or longer dresses and bare legs, if it gets over 18°.

scaevola Fri 24-May-13 18:47:44

I don't like the look.

But I think the only way I'll get into summer dresses this year is with full arctic-proof thermals underneath, and that'll probably look much the same.

itsonlysubterfuge Fri 24-May-13 18:55:53

I never wear things in fashion, I just like to be comfortable so I wear leggings no matter the length of the skirt/dress. They are long too, and even longer because I'm only 5'2".

BonAppetit Fri 24-May-13 18:55:53

Definitely. Legs shape good still! but have some eczema on shins so yes yes and saves shaving legs too!

Bumblebee333 Fri 24-May-13 19:00:50

I frequently wear leggings with dresses. I do have good legs though so I don't mind baring them if the weather is right.

MiniTheMinx Fri 24-May-13 19:15:37

Leggings with mini dresses
Bare legs with a long dress in summer
Thick tights in winter
I don't wear knee length or calf length, never have
Either long or short and nothing in between

TenthMuse Fri 24-May-13 19:16:06

I have done for years (with tunics, not very summery dresses), and will be again this summer. My legs are fine, but I find it really useful when I don't want to wear trousers/jeans and it's just too cold to go bare-legged. Not a big fan of tights in summer - leggings are infinitely more comfortable.

I'm an MA student, and it's a really popular look with many of the Bright Young (and distinctly non-chavvy) Things on my course, so I don't think it's that dated either!

ProphetOfDoom Fri 24-May-13 19:19:09

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SgtTJCalhoun Fri 24-May-13 19:20:59

Uniqlo has leggings in every possible colour and shape. There clothes are lovely, they obviously expect us to wear them.

SgtTJCalhoun Fri 24-May-13 19:21:21

Their not there

Chivetalking Fri 24-May-13 19:29:40

I don't wear dresses due to being grim of leg but had never really absorbed the leggings escape hatch.

I'd put them together without a second thought. No-one's likely to comment even if they do think they're chavvy hmm or dated.

Puddlelane Fri 24-May-13 19:33:21


I've got wooly tights. Nothing warmer than a pair of merino or alpaca tights.

Laquila Fri 24-May-13 19:38:11

I had no idea leggings under dresses was such a heinous fashion crime! FWIW, OP, I will definitely be wearing leggings under dresses this summer, and would even if I wasn't pregnant. How else can you wear nice summer dresses during the British summer?!

MakeHayNotStraw Fri 24-May-13 19:41:57

Yes. I wear long leggings (don't like shorter ones on me) with tunics or short dresses. I feel sexy in them too (been laughed at before for saying that - feel free to unleash mocking mirth again, ye of the judgy-pants), as I have good legs but a faulty thermostat so am always cold, especially at the moment. Tops with leggings (as a pp suggested) are out as I am usually bloated due to endometriosis and have no desire to exaggerate that with shorter clothing. And DH likes them too!

So there.

MakeHayNotStraw Fri 24-May-13 19:43:09

And I hate tights with a passion. No chance am I doing that!

edam Fri 24-May-13 19:46:39

What colour leggings is everyone wearing?

Elquota Fri 24-May-13 19:47:28


I'm certain you'd rather see my leggings than my legs grin

greenformica Fri 24-May-13 19:48:01

I do sometimes if it suits the whole look.

ifancyashandy Fri 24-May-13 19:57:27

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is everyone's friend. It's light to 'wear', easy to apply and hides spider veins etc.

What's wrong with tights?

I find leggings make my legs look stumpy - I wear my tights with sneakers, but leggings would just look awful.

I have and do wear leggings, but prefer tights. But then again, I live in Scotland. It snowed yesterday.

Sorry, should've added that I only wear leggings with boots. Never sandals or sneakers.

God yes, when it gets reeeeely warm I might peel the leggings off but until then leggings all the way.

Spink Fri 24-May-13 20:34:02

I'll be wearing leggings & thermals & sou'wester if the summer stays much like this

MarianForrester Fri 24-May-13 20:35:36


Meh, I still wear them. Long ones, usually in very dark grey or navy. The air con at work comes through the floor so I get arctic legs and a warm top. Nobody wants to see my blue, goose bumpy and probably hairy as fuck legs.

Chocamochalatte Fri 24-May-13 20:42:23

Can we have some links to the types of dresses everyone wears leggings with??

My legs are beyond hideous due to being completely covered in varicose veins but I've never found a dress that I think suits leggings.

Oh and what colour leggings??

Naebother Fri 24-May-13 20:42:47

Love a tunic and legging combo. Done well. Black or navy leggings to ankle work best.

Agree with previous poster that there is no difference between v short dress and tunic. Same thing isn't it?

Spink Fri 24-May-13 20:43:05

Moosemama just wanted to give you a bit of a squeeze. balls to the naysayers- when the sun comes out, wear whatever you fancy, soak up the warmth & have good times with people who love you whatever your weight.

Oh yes and I am blowing a big fucking raspberry to the legging haters.

girliefriend Fri 24-May-13 20:46:16

Umm yes I will, its bloody freezing out there!!

Long leggings to the ankle, always black. But that's only because my mum wears navy or dark grey leggings smile Cropped leggings with a dress make me look stumpy and I'm really not!

Oh and I wear shorter tops with leggings by adding a jersey miniskirt.

LittleMissMedium Fri 24-May-13 20:51:01

I wore some leggings last summer that were just above the knee... It looked fine. I'm just over 5 foot so stumpiness may be an issue, but so are my gross legs. Leggings felt like the lesser of two evils.

LizzyDay Fri 24-May-13 20:51:40

Tights are the work of the devil.

Bare legs are white, hairy and goosepimply.

Leggings are manna from heaven.

AwkwardSquad Fri 24-May-13 20:53:53

Yes. 'Chavvy'? Ffs. F off.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 24-May-13 20:54:50

Yes I will be

LittleMissMedium Fri 24-May-13 20:55:26

Also, H&M do these cheap but fab long vests in a multitude of colours, they are long enough to EASILY cover your bum and I always wear one of them under a top if I'm just wearing leggings so that my bum is fully covered and I still feel comfortable and look nice. And they're £3.99. Winner: H&M Vests

bedmonster Fri 24-May-13 20:55:32

Always. The longer ones not the ones that ride up from your calf to the knee. I have got a little patch of eczema under my knee <sexy> so prefer to keep it under wraps. My legs are actually a nice shape and size, but for one thing, it's never ever warm enough for me to want to get my legs out, and for another thing, goose bumps are about as attractive as my sexy eczema!
My dresses aren't summery though, more a one season suits all. Summer dresses have no place in a true british wardrobe! grin
However, when i'm on sunny holidays I do go bare legged as long as no one can see me!

Birdies Fri 24-May-13 20:56:33

I will join you im the raspberry blowing smelly. Nowt wrong with leggings as long as they're a close fit and not baggy

Ubermumsy Fri 24-May-13 20:56:49

Yes (and as anyone who knows me will tell you, I couldn't give a tuppenny damn whether it accords with "fashion"). Today I'm actually wearing them under a maxi skirt cos it's so cold. Plus I have lots of bad thread veins (not treatable on the NHS because not harmful, in response to the poster upthread hmm) which I do not intend to show off.

LittleMissMedium Fri 24-May-13 20:57:21

(Meant to put that it makes a good substitute for summer dresses as I'm not much of a dress person anyway)

MiniTheMinx Fri 24-May-13 21:01:30

I always wear black ankle length leggings and usually ballet shoes.
But then I wear dark or bright colours. I can't wear pale colours.

Ubermumsy Fri 24-May-13 21:02:57

birdies, but where can I get leggings that don't do the Nora Batty thing round my skinny ankles? Expensive or cheap, they all do it!

ProphetOfDoom Fri 24-May-13 21:04:18

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LittleMissMedium Fri 24-May-13 21:04:42

Ubermumsy maybe try the leggings that have the loop that goes under the sole of your foot? If you get me? Not sure if that would help?

FrugalFashionista Fri 24-May-13 21:05:14

Gwynnie shows how to do this look (note, it's from 2008). Some think it's dated, others that it's a classic look. If it suits your frame - you are an apple shape for example - and you love it, go for it, but personally I think it can be a tricky look to pull off - unless you are Alexa Chung caliber.

Oh yes. I live in leggings. Don't give a shit if other people don't like it.

I dislike cropped leggings though, all of my (many) leggings are long ankle length ones.

I find that tights fall down but leggings don't which is why I prefer leggings.

Ragwort Fri 24-May-13 21:06:47


Have never, ever worn leggings and never will grin.

RedToothBrush Fri 24-May-13 21:07:16

Trouble is with leggings is they are always worn by women trying to cover something up - quite often larger women. However the effect is exactly the opposite. It actually draws attraction to whatever it is that you are trying to cover. There are plenty of other ways to achieve this distraction that actually work; leggings are just fashion crime, if they are worn in this way.

Truth be told leggings only really work on those women who have nothing to cover up in the first place.

Pagwatch Fri 24-May-13 21:11:03


It's not anyone else's business what we wea and there are no 'rules'
Some like leggings, some don't.

Most people think i am fairly slim but i can't reveal my grim legs above the knee, and I have to find ways to conceal my disproportionately large arse which contrast rather unfortunately with my flat chest - summer tops are a nightmare. We nearly all have shit we worry about.

You shouldn't take random musing on the Internet about what people prefer too seriously. it's all guff. smile

BegoniaBampot Fri 24-May-13 21:14:32
toffeefee Fri 24-May-13 21:16:21

Yep from me! But then I seem to break lots of the style rules that are bandied about on here! <rebel> <hides fascinators> grin

Leggings are everywhere this summer. But I do agree that the too-thin-leggings-short-top-can-see-your-spotty-pants look is a no-no.

BranchingOut Fri 24-May-13 21:16:46

The other issue is that I find black leggings very un-summery and there are not too many alternative shades around.

SgtTJCalhoun Fri 24-May-13 21:19:59

There are in Uniqlo Branchingout. You can order on line if you're not near one.

CatherineofMumbles Fri 24-May-13 21:24:55


cocolepew Fri 24-May-13 21:26:37

Yes, I like to wear cropped ones with slightly sticky out skirts and pretend Im a ballerina

itsonlysubterfuge Fri 24-May-13 21:27:05

Oh, also all my leggings are black and have worn then under an all white dress.

I shall be wearing whatever I like this summer.

This is why I normally avoid S&B; must be a slo day if this is a discussion of the day hmm

Ceraunia Fri 24-May-13 21:28:11

On cooler days I might wear second skin tights, or similar. My teenage daughter wears skirts or dresses with leggings, and teamed with ballet flats, very frequently, however.

Takver Fri 24-May-13 21:29:36

No, because I find them too hot & sweaty in summer. I often wear dresses or skirts over combats though, which is no doubt even worse in the fashion stakes grin

Ubermumsy Fri 24-May-13 21:33:31

Agree that leggings that aren't totally opaque, with a short top, ain't a good look no matter how modelicious you are. I have to resist the urge to perform a close pass while yelling "I can see your pants!!!"

RainSunWind Fri 24-May-13 21:39:52

Definitely yes! Although - not with anything tailored/very smart/like you'd wear for a wedding.

Summer shifts & tunics etc were made for leggings!

I wear mine with flat gladiator sandals in gold or tan and similar coloured bag, always feel chic. If it's a chilly day I will wear with ballet flats but prefer flat sandals (but not Clarks type sensible sandals - they have to be boho/dainty/gladiator type sandals). Toenails must be painted too/feet maintained. I always feel dainty in summer dress, gladiator flats and long leggings!

Also I only wear ankle length leggings. Short leggings are extremely hard to wear, they don't look very elegant and long leggings emphasise the slimness of your ankles smile

RainSunWind Fri 24-May-13 21:41:24

Also, even though I have lived by the coast for the last 5 years I am still not used to the chilly coastal wind so leg coverage is essential for warmth!

shufflehopstep Fri 24-May-13 21:44:07

Not a look that I like. I don't like footless tights either and hated that thing a few years ago when people wore leggings or footless tights with gladiator sandals and a summer frock. I was in a minority of one in my workplace though.

If you've not got the legs, wear a longer skirt. A knee-length skirt (the midi) is very now (sorry, went a bit Gok Wan then).

moosemama Fri 24-May-13 21:45:30

Spink thanks

Pagwatch, thanks to you too. My sensible head knows that - honest - but the part of me that is so very sad about my weight gain at the moment isn't so sure.

I am usually very good at keeping words on a screen in perspective. I think this just hit a raw note today, because I was already worrying about what to wear to an event in June that's important to my family, but for which I have no clue how to dress. Just before I noticed this thread I was trying to reconcile the fact that I want to wear trousers to hide my legs, with the fact that I know many of the styles out there just aren't going to flatter my current shape.

Since my injury (early last August - on crutches until Christmas and now on verrry slow physio/rehab) all the hard earned muscle I determinedly shredded into place on my legs has gone wobbly and my fugly knees (hated since childhood) are back. All brought to a head by vainly hoping I could start working out again, only to be told not to be so daft at this week's physio appointment. hmm

<<slaps self across the chops>>

I'm sure you look absolutely beautiful moosemama, and best of luck on your ongoing physio flowers

moosemama Fri 24-May-13 21:52:50

Thank you LittleDirewolf. I don't, but it's a very kind thought. smile

Pagwatch Fri 24-May-13 22:10:41

Aww it's shit isn't it moosemama.
I wasn't able to excercise for about three months as I had post viral illness and every time I tried to start I would do a couple of workouts then get ill again. Very frustrating and I find not being able to do anything just makes me ill tempered and I eat crap all the time.
Mind you, even when I am light my knees still look like they belong on a baby elephant.

Of course your sensible head knows that no one will be looking at you with a critical eye and will just be happy to see you. Hope the event goes well smile

Wuldric Fri 24-May-13 22:13:41

No. But then again I have brown skin and thin legs. I would look ridiculously like a scarecrow in leggings. In any event, it's not a good look, frankly. Unless you are an anorexic teenager and it is raining. Then, maybe ...

amazingmumof6 Fri 24-May-13 22:14:18

if this cold? ski gear springs to mindgrin

moosemama Fri 24-May-13 22:16:20

That's it exactly Pag. I get so frustrated being stuck in the house unable to do anything that I end up eating crap and making things worse. I have a long-term plan to get back to where I was, but it's never going to happen if I can't stop eating chocolate. blush

The alternative is of course doing what I did last weekend and going out and being active anyway - which resulted in a whole week of rest and probably another lecture from my physio - but hey, I enjoyed it while it lasted. grin

I will be sure to wear my sensible head for the event, regardless of whatever else I end up wearing! grin


YoniOno Fri 24-May-13 22:23:30

No definitely not!

No need for leggings. If you want to cover your legs, wear close fitting trousers, maybe cropped, in a dark colour with some Elastane or Lycra. And with a long top/tunic, not a floral summer dress!

There are summer dresses to suit every figure, so that's not an excuse.

I'm wondering where the legging-wearers who claim to be fashionable live... grin

inadreamworld Fri 24-May-13 22:31:14

Yes if the dress is significantly above the knee. No if it is longer than that. I have very fair skin and my legs are pink and white. Fake tan doesn't hide the pink and just makes orange streaks....!

Startail Fri 24-May-13 22:33:50

What's wrong with tights, you can't wear sandals with tights!

As a person who only wears boots or sandals leggings rock. You can wear sandals if it ever warms up and boots if it doesn't.

Sits typing this wrapped in a fleece blanket.

Oopla Fri 24-May-13 22:35:46

Probably. I wear dresses and leggings all winter too grin

Might get the legs out in the garden...

EleanorFarjeon Fri 24-May-13 22:36:54

No the leggings. It ruins a dress imo.

I'm wearing a knee length dress this weekend. Fake tan and oiled legs will be my friends.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 24-May-13 22:40:45

i am AGOG at the idea that people are proposing jeans under dresses as a better look than leggings. And at those who would wear 'second skin' tights in summer <barf> or indeed at any time. Why not just go the whole hog and pull on some American Tans?

Yamyoid Fri 24-May-13 22:49:34

I can't afford to buy the perfect dress to suit my figure so I love the fact I can wear any style dress when I like the fabric/pattern...I mean leggings give me freedom to wear little floaty floral shorts or a sheer jersey summer dress.
My legs are awful but I don't want to be limited to bloody boring linen trousers like pps have suggested.
Nothing wrong with plain trousers but there's so many pretty dresses that I now feel able to wear.
So I'll probably be wearing dresses and leggings forever smile

OceanSea Fri 24-May-13 22:50:33

I only buy knee length dresses. For the evening I put on a pair of wide legged linen trousers underneath, looks much better on me than leggings would

I live in leggings and dresses. I am farking gawjuss. <gavel>

IMO knee length dresses are frumpy, tights in the summer is just strange.

I wear full length leggings with sandals. I have lovely legs which helps, but am not going to go bare legged upto mid thigh, which is where most dresses seem to come down to.

bedmonster Fri 24-May-13 23:00:26

Where do you all buy knee length dresses from that isn't M&S? I don't think I've ever seen one!!

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 24-May-13 23:02:14

Boden, innit?

can i once again state my AGOG-ness that anyone even wears wide linen trousers any more? I thought everyone knew that unless you're six foot tall they make you look like a battleship from behind?

SgtTJCalhoun Fri 24-May-13 23:02:33

I live in West London smile.

bedmonster Fri 24-May-13 23:04:26

Hey that's what I feel about knee length dresses! I have never seen one that isn't dowdy but am prepared to be corrected!
I also think the streaky fake tan look with glaring white soles of feet should be avoided at all costs, but it's all personal taste wink

SgtTJCalhoun Fri 24-May-13 23:07:19

Wide linen trousers?


<<runs away>>

Yes I will because I'm too overweight & my thighs chafe blush

BegoniaBampot Fri 24-May-13 23:22:41

Love wide linen trousers with tight cut off top and sandals or flip flops - so stuck in a time warp but loving my new leggings so don't make me feel that they are so passé!

EleanorFarjeon Fri 24-May-13 23:24:02

My slightly above knee length dress.

I'm not normally a Fat Face type, but this dress is bloody gorgeous on.

Leggings would be ruinous, non?

ifancyashandy Fri 24-May-13 23:28:59

I wear mid thigh with pride! And probably shorter. And am over 40.

ifancyashandy Fri 24-May-13 23:32:05

Eleanor you are totally correct. Do NOT wear that dress with leggings!

this is my recent purchase (in the navy). Leggings would kill it I think.

VerySmallSqueak Fri 24-May-13 23:44:48

I am short and think I look a little stout with leggings on under anything that's longer than mid thigh.

bedmonster Fri 24-May-13 23:49:19

ifancy that dress is lovely and leggings would definitely kill it, I agree. However, I would never wear it as it's too short to wear without them!
Wear it with pride.
Confidence always makes your clothes look better. smile

bedmonster Fri 24-May-13 23:49:53

However, wide legged linen trousers I cannot understand!

TeaAddict235 Sat 25-May-13 00:04:40

When's summer?
Let me know where and when it arrives.

ifancyashandy Sat 25-May-13 00:12:51

Thanks Bed! I have flaws as many as the next person but I've got cracking pins so I do get 'em out!

I don't wear leggings (don't even own any I don't think) because they're just not 'me'. But I don't understand why there are such strong views about them. Whenever I see other women wearing them under dresses I think they look great. Don't have a problem with it at all, likewise with tunics, etc.

Not fond of the leggings as pants thing, regardless of figure I just don't think it works on anyone.

allagory Sat 25-May-13 01:35:19

The rules are simple. If it is a fashion that does the fat of body any favours or offers any hiding place(waterfall cardigans, dresses with sleeves, long skirts, bootleg trousers, leggings under short dresses) the fashion answer is no and the real world answer is yes for 2 or 3 years after that. Until that turns into a no too.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 25-May-13 02:12:30


ye gods. what rot.

bettycocker Sat 25-May-13 05:27:29

If this summer is as bad as last year, I'll be wearing jeans.

HoneyandRum Sat 25-May-13 06:34:20

The fashionable length this year is Midi - narrow and not quite halfway down the calf. If you can splurge on a couple of those your problem is solved. No leggings necessary.

Pinkflipflop Sat 25-May-13 06:39:31

I'm quite excited that this thread has been so popular but now I am more confused than ever!

BsshBossh Sat 25-May-13 07:34:29

Dependson the dress. Floaty, summery things - no; but slightly thicker tunic dresses or skirts in uniform colour -yes (but only when the air is nippy).

Fairylea Sat 25-May-13 07:36:19

I will be. Its too bloody cold not to!

lljkk Sat 25-May-13 07:48:22

Absolutely Yes, if I wear dresses at all, that is. Love my Leggings.
Don't have nice legs, anyway, they look better encased.

bingeddybongo Sat 25-May-13 07:49:39

YES! I don't like getting my legs out at all: leggings and dresses are my uniform grin

lljkk Sat 25-May-13 07:56:44

I would wear almost all those dresses with leggings AND with cardigans or jumpers. Yes a skirt would be better but I don't see why I can't use the dress like a skirt when it suits me. If it's warm enough to go without the cardigan it probably is warm enough to go without the leggings, too (on Mars or in Spain or somewhere else definitely not Britain).

Of course you all know Britons waste a huge amount of money on summer clothes they never or hardly ever wear, so best to find ways to make our wardrobe items versatile.

flipflump Sat 25-May-13 08:29:20

I'm in dresses and leggings already! It's the only thing I find comfortable with a big bump. Hoping the weather will improve and I can ditch the leggings soon. It really doesn't matter what others think, if you're happy when you look in the mirror and feel good, plus be comfortable then why worry. I estimate around 10% Brits follow fashion trends and the majority of those are 19-20 year old students. The rest of us aim to look good, I wouldn't describe that as being fashionable.

MrsO27 Sat 25-May-13 08:43:54

No, that trend is definetely passed! You would be better off with sheer tights if you don't like being bare, or a longer dress wink. You get special sheer tights for disguising varicose veins. My mum got some last year for my wedding. Think they were M&S.

Naebother Sat 25-May-13 08:48:26

Looking like its a majority vote fir leggings under dresses then

grin grin

Naebother Sat 25-May-13 08:49:14

Varicose vein disgusting tights? Fuck no.

Fancydrawers Sat 25-May-13 08:49:36

Am I the only person in the world who thinks leggings are fucking hideous and the work of Satan?

Naebother Sat 25-May-13 08:50:11

Disguising. Disgusting. Whatever

Naebother Sat 25-May-13 08:50:46

Fancy drawers would show through

PrincessOfChina Sat 25-May-13 08:53:35

Tunics and leggings = fine
Dresses and leggings = not a chance, it totally ruins them and makes even the nicest dress look nasty.

I do, however, approve of jeans with dresses. I'm contrary, what can I say grin

noddyholder Sat 25-May-13 08:56:47

Footless tights sheer expensive ones I havecalways worn with heels and dresses in the evening. But leggings with summer dresses no! Leggings are for wearing with plimsolls and t shirts

I only wear long leggings under dresses, not Capri ones. I prefer leggings to footless tights as they cover more evils! Having said that I only wear leggings with tops/dresses that cover my backside too. And never white ones. I've yet to see white ones that weren't see through. When I was at a maternity check up last summer I saw a woman wearing white leggings, I coulkd see the labels, makes and size of the leggings and her undies shock. She wasn't preggers BTW, just in the hospital.

I wear leggings under dresses. And for all but about 6 weeks of the year I wear them with DM's on my feet to complete the 'dated' look. Oh, and I love them so don't give a shit what anyone thinks grin

And just to make the S & B brigade pass out, if it is really hot I put cheap primark flip flops on (in town <faint>)

I dress to suit me in clothes I genuinely like, not because someone has told me it is acceptable to like them for a time limited period.

ExcuseTypos Sat 25-May-13 09:00:21

I don't personally, as I quite like my legs.

However , we are all different shapes and sizes, all have different hang ups. So just wear what suits you, and what you feel confident in. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks.

Yonionekanobe Sat 25-May-13 09:02:38

Only if under 18 or pregnant.

Chandon Sat 25-May-13 09:11:52

Oh, I wore leggings only yesterday. As it is sooo cold, and jeans are so boring.

I looked nice in the pub, most of my friends live in wellies and fleeces, even on a night out ( cold wet walk home).

It is quite liberating, living in the country.

We do not have to care what the fashion victim, city people think, running after every fashion trend whether it suits them or not.

Leggings under dresses can be o.k.

Chandon Sat 25-May-13 09:13:00

The average londoner would look pretty silly in a field in Dorset, for example.

ExcuseTypos Sat 25-May-13 09:20:38

I agree Chandon. It's one of the best things about living in the countryside, its very liberating not to have to worry.

I often go to the pub in my wellies.

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 25-May-13 09:22:55

I will be wearing long thermal underwear if the weather doesn't improve soon.

JennyPiccolo Sat 25-May-13 09:25:32

I will. Don't care about 'chavvy'. I have blonde hair and big boobs, so I wear a bit of a chav earring to stop myself looking mumsy.

Always black long leggings though. Shiny/patterned ones are for teenagers with perfect arses. Self coloured cotton ones in other colours are a bit per una for my mum has brown onesconfused

RubyGates Sat 25-May-13 09:33:05

Leggings + Dress or Tunic + Docs, Hi-Tops or flipflops. Sorted.

I spend a lot of time sitting on the ground with small children, leggings are an essenttial part of my wardrobe.

Or I might go with stripey tights and shorts this year for that 80's retro look. Having just found them at the back of my wardrobe.

nkf Sat 25-May-13 09:34:08

But tunics and leggings looks like nightwear. I don't like that just below the bum top with leggings. It looks half dressed to me.

RubyGates Sat 25-May-13 09:38:40

So much more convenient when you get home then wink

nkf Sat 25-May-13 09:41:23

Good thinking. Is that's what fashion writers mean by an outfit that takes you from day to night?

GobblersKnob Sat 25-May-13 09:42:12

I wear shiny patterened leggings
I probably shouldn't be on this thread grin

RubyGates Sat 25-May-13 09:43:27

Yep! grin

GobblersKnob Sat 25-May-13 09:52:50

I am fully embracing being a student and truly not giving a toss,
if I like it I'm wearing it. It's very liberating grin Am also sporting bright green metalic fingernails. Happy days.

freddiefrog Sat 25-May-13 10:03:50

I don't wear leggings under dresses.

I wear either long maxis or dresses that finish just above my knee - below the knee my legs are fine, thighs less so

But personally, I'm just not keen on leggings under dresses. Tunics, yes, but I don't like anything longer than mid-thigh ish with leggings, and oh, how I've tried to pull of the look as I've seen so many lovely summer dresses that are just too short for me

Cooroo Sat 25-May-13 10:05:26

I am terrible at fashion, and frightened by it. The passion aroused in some posters here just makes me more scared - whatever I wear, there will be people passing me in the street judging me and being horrified.

So yes, if it's cold I may wear dress with leggings (but usually jeans and a t-shirt). My legs are my best feature, so i'll get them out if the weather permits.

blush Must confess I loathe Ugg boots (or things that look like them), especially on bare legs and bare sweaty feet, and do get a bit judgemental about that!

UptoapointLordCopper Sat 25-May-13 10:28:50

I'm going out today and I'm wearing tights/leggings/whatever-they-are-called - just something thick and warm - with a dress and a bloody thick winter coat and my snow boots. And my scarf and gloves if I can find them. What's with this weather!?

I think, as with anything, it is down to the wearer and the way clothes are worn. I have seen clothing that is fashionable on people, but it doesn't mean it or they look good necessarily, yes some, but not all. I would wear a dress over leggings for the record. Dress to suit your body shape and how you like.

MyDarlingClementine Sat 25-May-13 10:32:48

I don't think the leggings look, looks good on anyone, even Daisy Lowe.
Wear them for comfort but they do not look great.
Same as the calf cut off trousers.

FauxFox Sat 25-May-13 10:35:23

No. I have not owned leggings since I was about 12. I am 35. Leggings are horrid.

I can't wear cropped trousers, but I have seen tall girls wearing them and they look good, again because of how they're worn, or what they're worn with.

MoodyDidIt Sat 25-May-13 10:45:59

i do this, i think it looks nice, didn't know it was a fashion crime grin

and i have quite good legs as well

Not sure why the pro leggings-under-dresses people care what the anti-leggings people think! Just do it and enjoy, there is no right or wrong.

I don't wear them, because I don't like the bulky feel of the waistband (prefer flatter bad of tights) but do not see a problem with them whatsoever.

But I am certain that some of the things I wear might not meet approval by other people, but it just doesn't register, you know? It's only when things like this turn up on S&B that everyone's knickers get in a twist.....look, a massive amount of people are wearing them to dresses. The British weather is shit. Please don't be put off by what appears to be a minority of opposition. I'm sure the anti-leggings brigade wear stuff you'd hate too! Just wear your leggings and feel good about it.

The passion aroused in some posters here just makes me more scared - whatever I wear, there will be people passing me in the street judging me and being horrified.

You have to cultivate a little more faith in your own judgement. Why suspect you are wrong and the others right? Wear what makes you happy smile

BTW, if someone is 'horrified' by you wearing leggings to frocks, I highly doubt the problem lies with you.

(sorry for hogging thread!)

Ubermumsy Sat 25-May-13 11:03:36

toasted, I don't care. I dress for practicality and comfort over style. If that upsets the fashionistas, so be it. At least I know that, while people may look at me and think "scruffy/frumpy/dated", they will never think "OMG what was she THINKING!!! Aarghh my eyes!!!"


BadPoet Sat 25-May-13 11:04:13

I love being only mildly interested in looking half decent and living in the country. Leggings and dresses will continue to be more than acceptable round here for ever, but even if they weren't I'd wear them because they are so comfy, practical in the blowy changeable weather and IMO attractive.

WhatKindofFool Sat 25-May-13 11:18:22

I will be doing it. I have done for a long time and I think it suits me.

teacherwith2kids Sat 25-May-13 11:24:30

Teaching uniform = dresses / tunics and leggings. 3/4 length with sandals in summer, long with boots in winter.

Or linen trousers (woollen in winter) blouses / T shirts and cardis.

95% of my colleagues wear similar.

I do have a couple of long summer skirts that I wear without leggings when it gets really warm. Ortherwise practicality will out.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sat 25-May-13 11:34:13

I wear leggings in bed as pyjamas, and to run in.

So no, I don't wear them under skirts or dresses, regardless of whether it's fashionable to do so or not. Black does not go with everything.

AltogetherAndrews Sat 25-May-13 11:41:43

Yes, because, although I have well shaped legs, I have psoriasis, and hairy legs which don't cope with hair removal on a regular basis. Oh and I'm really pale, and look stupid with a fake tan. So I choose not to expose blue and red blotched legs covered in black hair to the world. I live in Scotland, so wear boots all year really. I'm not sure that unless you were looking closely, you could tell the difference between black leggings and black tights.

i will, because i like the look at its warm and practical

Toasted I like your post, what I tried to say, but yours makes far more sense! grin

zaramama13 Sat 25-May-13 12:37:44

Tights or bare legs - no leggings !

Queenbee245 Sat 25-May-13 12:46:41

I have, I will and I will continue to regardless of what other people think
I usually wear tights with dresses but once sandal season starts tights look a bit silly with them and I don't see the point in footless tights -surely they are just opaque leggings?

noddyholder Sat 25-May-13 12:52:15

The thought of living in the country brings me out in hives for this very reason wink

What ev's - I will wear what I like - I live in a deeply untrendy village and if my chunky legs are better clad in tights or leggings and therefore less likely to scare the locals with my pale-ness over muscled calves and burgeoning varicose veins then - result - Dresses these days are often too short for me or full skirted and prone to flying up while chasing children around and bending over - it is not just about what looks good when looking in a mirror - practicalities come into it. I like cycling but cycling in a dress without wearing leggings is for me a definite No! And I do like wearing dresses.


YoniOno Sat 25-May-13 13:11:30

I don't get it when posters say they live in the countryside and are therefore exempt from fashion confused

I grew up in the countryside and we all loved fashion and any excuse to get tarted up was relished. My mum lives in the sticks and is always really well dressed. There is a weird image conjured up of people who live outwith cities living in Barbour jackets and wellies and being covered in mud the whole time - not true where I grew up, and it wasn't posh countryside, just normal.

As I have lived in several cities, small towns and now a village (not posh) - my observation is that city dwellers are more 'trendy', fashion conscious pretentious wink - The teenagers here follow trends like anywhere - but I really don't see the attention to detail here in a village - that I saw in London from the older working people. That is understandable - I cannot afford to slavishly follow fashion - I wear what I have discovered over the years and many painful mistakes - what suits. So do most folk.

ExcuseTypos Sat 25-May-13 13:29:57

I live in the countryside and I do live in jeans, wellies and a Barbour jacket. So do half of the village.

It's just practical for dog walking ect. Even walking around the village requires wellies unless we get sunshinehmm as foot paths etc are usually muddy. We don't have pavements round here.

FreedomOfTheTess Sat 25-May-13 13:37:22

I do it all the time, as I'm 6ft 4, and dresses are never long enough for me.

I don't give two hoots whether it's unfashionable or whatever, nor do I care what others think about it, if I'm comfortable then screw what anyone else thinks.

freedom love it! That's exactly what I was going to say!

FreedomOfTheTess Sat 25-May-13 14:17:19

abuhamzamouse - thanks.

Rather be offended, I've just laughed at the posters who have expressed "horror" and "disgust" at wearing leggings under dresses, or at leggings in general.

If people can get that worked up about clothes then I pity them.

I reserve my horror and disgust at things worth getting worked up over.

Cba to read the thread but no, no and thrice no.

MollyBee Sat 25-May-13 14:57:11

Am I the only person in the world not to own a pair of leggings? I really don't get them, it's like going outside in your tights.

feralgirl Sat 25-May-13 15:05:41

Always wear leggings under shorter dresses mainly as my legs are vile. I wasn't aware it was a problem. I don't care if it's dated, it suits my slightly grungey style and I like it.

MiaSparrow Sat 25-May-13 15:12:42

I thought this thread meant FOR TODDLERS.

Um, no.

ThenWeTakeBerlin Sat 25-May-13 15:13:06

I wear jeggings under dresses, what do S&Bers have to say about that?

I'll continue wearing them whatever.

Startail Sat 25-May-13 15:24:59

DD2(15) is doing today. Although she hasn't much option the dress is too summers old and she's grown.

I appear to be inheriting my mothers varicose veins, and I also have an ongoing problem with the dry skin on my knees, so leggings it must be. Not for me, for the viewing comfort of the public.

It isn't always about shyness or hiding supposed flaws either.

Some people might prefer to wear them for discretion, esp those with small kids, etc. Not everyone wishes to bare their legs right up to mid thigh just because the sun shines, in the same way you might not particularly wish to bare arms. British weather most often demands some sort of quick cover up option (if i go out in a sleeveless dress you can guarantee in a few hours that cardi will be needed to fight a passing rain squall or nippy breeze).

I don't own a pair of leggings, nor do I have children, but I like them (both smile )

And to be honest, I generally tend to think they look nice on most figures. I am a fan of fashion, but don't particularly follow it and certainly never judge other people's choices. I have my own preferences, and leggings don't suit my style, but I do occasionally wonder about buying some when I see other people looking good in them.

Basically, they are a great option for when you don't want to wear pants, wish to show your legs off to some extent, but not entirely bare. It's simple really, they're pretty inoffensive.

FreedomOfTheTess Sat 25-May-13 15:46:07

Toasted - excellent points.

I have very long legs - it comes with the height (!) - and while they're nice legs (when I'm not pregnant), I'm not someone who is confident in showing my bare legs off.

I cannot stand wearing tights (but I do if the situation is appropriate), leggings offer a compromise for me, as I can show the nice shape/tone of my legs without exposing the flesh.

freerangeeggs Sat 25-May-13 16:09:18

I can understand why people might want to wear them but I think it looks a bit cheap and dated. It's worth finding an alternative.

Maxi dresses/skirts and everywhere just now and some of them are lovely. Lots of light jersey trousers in Topshop etc. Or leggings with a long top, which looks fine and is probably more comfortable (cooler) anyway.

Yes but as in a wheelchair I have to wear something as very hard sit ladylike

FreedomOfTheTess Sat 25-May-13 16:14:29

Freerangeeggs - finding maxi dresses when you're 6ft 4 is a struggle, and most shorter dresses look like tunics on me anyway!

Although having said that, like I said before, I don't give two hoots what other people thiink. I just care about whether I'm comfortable.

TAMMY2712 Sat 25-May-13 17:01:55

Despite having crap looking legs, if going to wear any dresses this summer it'll be a maxi-dress. Don't think i would wear leggings

I do not, I have one Malene Birger tunic dress which would be indecent worn bottomless (sometimes throw it over a bikini on hols) but I wear skinnies under it. I very occasionally wear leggings with a long vest for lounging but I find that they make me feel frumpy.

For the record I have seriously awful legs, so I just don't get them out. Dresses are knee length or maxi, but mostly I wear cropped skinnies.

Laquila Sat 25-May-13 17:19:08

I would wear pretty much any of these with dark grey, navy or black ankle length leggings and sandals in summer, if it wan't warm enough for bare legs. I would never wear them with nude tighta in the summer. I'd also happily wear them with a cardy and long boots or suede ankle boots in the autumn/winter. Am I a disappointment to you all?!

Nehru Sat 25-May-13 17:35:11

no no no its the ugliest thing ever

Just wear some trousers ffs

MiniPenguinMaker Sat 25-May-13 17:50:43

Ooh yes, I certainly will be.

Apparently being pregnant (third trimester, baby!) is a good "excuse" for this shocking legging and dress wearing. But I don't need an excuse. I think this is such a cute look anyway, with the right dress and the right leggings. I go for boring black and ballet flats, but I see lots of more thrilling colour combos worn by bright young things in London at the moment so I guess there are better sources of colourful leggings in our fair capital.

Plus, it's bloomin' freezing in this country at the moment.

Mumsyblouse Sat 25-May-13 19:16:25

Lots of the girls at uni are wearing this look, or longer jeggings, I think it looks nice, I don't wear it as it's too young for me!

MissBetseyTrotwood Sat 25-May-13 20:28:20

I wear dresses with leggings as my legs look like uncooked chicken. And with fake tan they look like uncooked chicken that's been fake tanned.

It's warm, comfy and you can take them off if you get really hot. Or brave, in my case.

AND I wear maxi dresses when it gets really hot. grin

showerhead Sat 25-May-13 20:38:21

feralgirl me too! wear your leggings with attitude! Most dresses (not all- but most) can look great with leggings if they are worn with attitude. I have a slightly grungy style and will be rocking a summer dress over leggings, with a belt and a cardi to top it all off- removing such items as weather demands. I do care what i look like but comfort very important too, and i really couldn't care less what anyone else thinks!

Boomba Sat 25-May-13 20:39:02

sometimes, I wear jeans under a dress!! shock

AmazingDisgrace Sat 25-May-13 21:04:28

I will be. My legs are blue white and I'd cause multiple pile ups with the sun reflecting off them otherwisewink

Kernowgal Sat 25-May-13 21:05:24

Another one afflicted with varicose veins, also am 5'10, so leggings under dresses means I can wear shorter dresses. Also nice under a fitted denim skirt (no doubt another fashion faux pas).

I hate tights and the tops of my thighs are rather plump so going without isn't an option because of chafing. Also I look like a man in drag in a maxi dress so would rather not bother.

As an alternative I've been looking at 'wiggle' dresses that end below the knee. Then I can wear those anti-chafe pant things but don't have to wear any hosiery to hide the horrid veins.

As for wide-leg linen trousers: NO. At least not on me, because they make my arse look like two puppies having a fight in a bin bag.

Kernowgal Sat 25-May-13 21:21:16

And I wish that varicose vein treatment was available via NHS still. Quotes for private work vary from £1-1.5k per leg. And that's the op, not the initial consultations. So yeah, I'll carry on with the leggings thank you very much.

I am very very envious of anyone who has good legs.

ehmumbo Sat 25-May-13 21:27:34

This thread is worrying on many levels hmm

Pagwatch Sat 25-May-13 21:36:47

Well yes. Except no, it really isn't worrying.

Wishfulmakeupping Sat 25-May-13 21:39:57

Yes it fine

what a strange thing to have such strong feelings about, leggings without a dress/ tunic to cover the, er, bum only look good on 15yr old girls but other than that I don't see why it offends so many people to wear leggings with a dress hmm

In summer I prefer not to but the type of work I do means that if I want to wear a dress I have to wear leggings.

showerhead Sat 25-May-13 22:22:22

i too have a varicose vein on one leg- would love to get it removed.

MrsRickyMartin Sat 25-May-13 23:19:34

Say no to leggings. Yes to tights. And yes to hold ups (my favourites).

ANJALI777 Sun 26-May-13 01:07:03

I know what you mean, Pretty the leggings up with nice anklets, or sling some boots on if weather is bad. I prefer leggings to tights as I can wear prettier shoes. Truth is , I can wear dresses I never could have worn if it wasn't for tights or leggings. xx

Boomba me too!

HotBurrito1 Sun 26-May-13 08:25:47

Nooooo! Like Mollybee, I don't own any leggings.

Public service broadcast: it's ok to bare your legs whatever colour they are.

Yes i will, i have varicose veins which are very unsightly. I don't think i would wear dresses at all if leggings weren't available.

Ubermumsy Sun 26-May-13 09:20:00

I also sometimes wear jeans under dresses. Even (whisper it) bootcut. I know - the horror, the horror.

hackneybird Sun 26-May-13 09:21:34

I wear grey leggings with a dark denim tunic dress, and YELLOW superga trainers. It's one of my fave outfits. I also often wear black leggings with a couple of other dresses. I have horrible chunky legs and cellulite, and it makes me feel less self conscious.

I think it's in general a look that works best with tunic type dresses or block colour rather than summery floaty dresses though.

I live in Hackney and work in Soho and I see leggings with dresses a lot so I don't quite understand why people think it's not a fashionable look.

boatclub Sun 26-May-13 11:23:56

Under dresses and long tunics yes but shorter tunics need trousers or jeans. My rule is no legginged arse on show.

ehmumbo Fri 31-May-13 08:51:29

What toastedteacakes said! it's the onlookers problem if they are 'horrified' by your attire. not yours.

Might I remind you that women threw themselves under horses and carts in order that you would be able to vote and not care what people think about what you wear. get a grip!

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