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are dresses with black leggings unfashionable?

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Kittyrobin Tue 10-May-16 15:00:57

I'm tall and don't like my legs from the knee up, searched the Internet and can't find any dresses that are long enough, I don't suit skirts or maxi dresses so planning on getting through the summer wearing dresses with black leggings underneath. Is this terrible? Or ok? I wore this style throughout my pregnancy but could defiantly get away with it then.

ThomasRichard Tue 10-May-16 15:04:33

It's fine. This is practically my whole summer wardrobe.

HorraceTheOtter Tue 10-May-16 15:06:44

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ExasperatedAlmostAlways Tue 10-May-16 15:08:27

Yeah unfashionable and a bit frumpy tbh. Maxis iv got from tall range at new look, next, top shop.

RockMeMomma Tue 10-May-16 15:08:37

I wear long tops with leggings and sandals. Not sure if they are still in fashion, can't say I care if I'm not following "trends". Comfort is more important to me.

Kittyrobin Tue 10-May-16 15:42:06

Yep comfort and being practical whilst looking after young children is more important than being fashionable to me but I don't want to look frumpy. I'll have a look for some long tops, hadn't thought about that but tend to find they are not long enough anyway.
Thank you for replies.

Runningupthathill82 Tue 10-May-16 17:06:02

Both unfashionable and frumpy IMO. But undoubtedly practical, and a very popular look among the mums in the playground yesterday.

Seems a shame to me though - lots of really quite pretty summer dresses being ruined with thick black leggings sticking out the bottom.
I can see why people do it - a short dress on its own isn't practical for the park - but that doesn't mean it looks good.

On a hot day, when I'm going to be crawling around with the DC I'd rather wear a maxi, a top with shorts, or lightweight harem trousers with a vest. I'd wear the summer dresses with bare legs and sandals on days I know I won't be on a climbing frame or similar.

flirtygirl Tue 10-May-16 17:59:46

It depends on the dress, i wear it and i refuse to look mumsy or frumpy as im a big girl who doesnt like looking like anyone else (sometimes fail but yet to own a raincoat, mac, parka or anything my mum wore)

I choose dresses that look edgy, a bit goth or biker, think nice fabrics, zips and details.

Also the length of leggings are important, mid calf length or below calf length are a nono, only ankle length will do.

Then add fab bag and shoes and its a fine outfit, wouldnt wear it so much if i was slimmer but there are ways to not look frumpy.

navygravy Tue 10-May-16 18:08:36

I know it's a Mum Uniform but really, it's so perfect for a size 16 bird like me with wobbly thighs who is often found scrambling over soft play equipment.

Although I think dark grey or navy leggings are less harsh than black.

rollonthesummer Tue 10-May-16 18:14:37

I think it looks nice. I have shorter length black Leggings for hot days too.

JeffFromTheDailyMail Tue 10-May-16 18:18:25

Not the greatest fashion move or look but if you're comfy I don't think it matters. My question about it has always been why? Surely dress and tights/bare legs or leggings and a long top/other sports wear?

neveradullmoment99 Tue 10-May-16 18:27:02

Someone in my work had them a nice navy pair with a lovely navy jersey dress and some wedges. She looked effortlessly stylish and comfortable. I think they can look a bit shit now if you wear them 'a la whitestuff' - you know tunic and leggings but they dont have to look naf and can look flattering.

APotterWithAHappyAtmosphere Tue 10-May-16 18:36:13

I wear this combination all the time. Thinking of getting some grey leggings for summer although don't want to be too pyjama-y.

AnotherEmma Tue 10-May-16 18:44:11

Have you tried the Tall ranges from Gap, Topshop, Zara etc? They won't necessarily have tall ranges in store but there's plenty online.

I think long tunic tops and short dress look good with leggings or lightweight skinny/slim jeans. For spring/summer I wouldn't wear black though, I would go for other colours instead as PPs have suggested. I like to coordinate so I'd go for colours to match the tops and dresses!

Don't know or care whether that's fashionable.

SouthDownsSunshine Tue 10-May-16 18:47:12

I feel your pain as a tall person. Tall ranges from high street shops are not really designed for those of us that are over 5'10".

I wear dresses with leggings. I know it's not cutting edge fashion but it's comfy, I get to wear pretty dresses and it's practical with a toddler.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 10-May-16 18:56:57

How about capris/crops? Haven't really been in a position to check out what normal people are wearing lately so feel free to ignore! I have nice legs but am too old for short dresses and my knees are all wrong for leggings!

NewStartNewName Tue 10-May-16 18:57:48

Depends on dress length, but I'm short and it's my daily clothes. Dress needs to be quite short or it will look frumpy

Kittyrobin Tue 10-May-16 19:05:46

I can wear the leggings out and about and then soon as I get home I can whip the leggings off and be nice and cool.
Perhaps I will wear this look to playgroups and then try and find something different for the weekend.
I'm not very tall 5"9 but have a long body and shortish legs so things just don't fit me properly. I will have a look at Zara and gap, havnt checked them out yet.
Thanks for replies.

Branleuse Tue 10-May-16 19:23:07

inoffensive. Neither fashionable nor unfashionable.

Jackie0 Tue 10-May-16 19:29:27

I love that combo but I like leggings in a range of colours.
I have red, navy , white and green to work with different dresses .

Floisme Tue 10-May-16 19:35:29

I think it looks fine except I think grey or navy leggings look much better with summer dresses.

Also if you really don't want to show off your legs then I don't think leggings hide them any better than ordinary tights do.

Paddletonio Tue 10-May-16 19:42:11

Totally fine

LitteRedSparkle Tue 10-May-16 19:45:29

has anyone got any links to picks of dresses with leggings?

i'm a uk 14/16, wobbly upper arms, 5ft 7ish

BrightandEarly Tue 10-May-16 20:29:29

I'm reasonably and used to always wear the look you describe.

Still think there's nothing wrong with it, but since I've discovered harem style trousers I prefer that type of outfit instead. I tend to go for a (subtle) pattern on the trousers and a plain top. Very comfy.

feelingmiffed Tue 10-May-16 20:34:45

It's the only way I'm comfortable to wear dresses!

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