Shiny, spandex, skin-tight leggings have taken over. The wet look is so homogenous, really, it’s almost like they’ve devoured all other types of leggings. But, Stella McCartney has a different idea.
Her new Degrade sequin leggings ($1,495) are shiny, yes, but light and transparent. They’re a strange nude gradient that gets darker toward the bottom, and fit more like ankle pants. And, although their price tag would run me the equivalent of three spring outfits, I have to applaud the direction Stella is trying to go.
Warm weather just doesn’t agree with black PVC. Below are three other spring alternatives to the dark, thick winter legging:
1. Topshop’s Gothic Lace Leggings ($44) in silver (also available in slate, hot pink, and neon orange/red) are decorative and still allow skin to peek through in a subtle way.
2. These Velvet Jordan Gauzy Whisper Leggings ($59) are a refreshing departure from the all-black look. Wear with a darker color on top to switch things up.
3. I’ve had good experiences with Spanx hosiery for their quality and longevity, and these Spanx Vintage Semi Opaque Footless Tights ($28), here in Cafe, are a wise choice for evening.