A good pair of leggings are the new good pair of jeans. This wardrobe staple is not only versatile, but comfortable and flattering when worn well. Like any other garment though, not all leggings were created equal! Yes, you can populate your wardrobe with endless colours and cuts of cotton legging. But you can also invest in a pair of high waisted shaping leggings that will change your life!
First let’s talk about how shaping leggings can affect your look. It’s a fiction that shaping leggings will change your shape entirely. However, the power of sculpting is that your natural shape becomes smoother, more controlled and – yes – sexier! The structured stretch lifts your bottom, smooths your tummy and streamlines your hips and thighs. Choose a high waisted design for sculpting to run from under your bust right through to your knees.
Of course it’s not all about how you look, it’s about how you feel. And shaping leggings really do have the power to make us feel more confident. Why is this though? It’s partly the knowledge that your tummy, bum and hips appear smooth and lifted. The rest of it is in the feeling of security that comes from the control fabric. Your body is more stable and supported in shaping leggings. This has the effect of allowing you to move around with more freedom and self confidence.
There’s just no denying that microfibre stretch fabrics make control leggings super comfortable to wear. The fabrics feel lush and tactile against your skin, both as you put them on and as you go about your day. They prevent thigh friction, making everyday movement more carefree. Then there’s the moisture wicking technologies that make these leggings breathable. So you’re less likely to experience skin irritation or infection.
You can choose what level of compression you prefer in your shapewear as there’s a range available. Indeed, in shaping leggings there tends to be a variety of compression in different parts of the garment. So while the waist and tummy panels are cut to give stronger control, the fabric down your legs is a more moderate compression. Remember that compression is used in the fitness world to promote recovery through improved circulation. This is a benefit that helps your wellbeing without you even really noticing it. And you look great at the same time, it’s surely a win win!
The British Chiropractic Association reported that around a third of British people have had to take a day off work due to back pain. This is set to increase as we all spend more time sitting at screens. Your posture really is important in tackling and preventing back pain. The structure of high waisted control leggings means that your lower back is supported. So your posture will naturally improve as you stand or sit. This level of support isn’t exactly something that we normally associate with leggings. But shaping leggings aren’t your average stretchy loungewear! You can look (and feel) casual while giving your body a helping hand to align well.
Are leggings the ultimate in dress up / dress down style? Possibly. We think so anyway! They can be paired with absolutely anything to transform your look. Throw on chunky boots and a cosy jumper and you’re ready for a winter walk. Whereas heels and a floaty tunic top means you’re ready to hit the town. Then don’t forget that capri styles are wonderful for springtime looks. Of course, you can simply use your shaping leggings as a foundation. Knee length styles are ideal here as they prevent rubbing and mould your waist, hips, bum and stomach under a dress or tailored outfits.
Whether you prefer your shaping leggings to be part of your final look or to stay under wraps, they’re a key part of any wardrobe and you can shop for them right here at Elle Courbee. Since they manage to be comfortable, stylish, supportive and sexy all at the same time, it’s no wonder they leave us all feeling great!