Few years back, it was the reign of jeans and Kurtis. Almost every woman, be it a college goers or homemaker, was spotted in a pair of straight cut or boot cut jeans with a colorful Indian Kurti. The picture has changed, but only a little. The pair of jeans has been replaced by what is known as leggings.
The trend of leggings is definitely not a new one. It all started way back in the 70s when they were called tights or slacks. However, back then the leggings or tights were paired with shorter tops, mainly jersey tops. Now, the current rage is to pair leggings with vibrant and ethnic Designer Kurtis. Leggings are quite important in Western fashion as well but those leggings are usually printed ones. When it comes to Indian fashion, the leggings are usually opted in plain solid colors such as black, brown, navy blue, maroon or in softer neutrals such as white, beige, grey, etc. Leggings are the fashionable and tighter substitute for the Indian Churidar. While the Churidar is made of a variety of fabrics such as cotton, georgette, crepe or silk depending upon the entire ensemble, leggings are primarily made of cotton-lycra blend or nylon-lycra blend. Leggings worn with Western outfits are often knee-length or ankle length while the leggings meant to be paired with Indian Kurtis often extend beyond the ankle in length so as to give it Churidar look by forming gathers around the ankle region. They are paired with long Designer Kurtis in eye-catching colors. Leggings paired with short Kurtis are quite unflattering and hence, most women do not opt for short Kurtis when wearing leggings. Since leggings are skin-tight, they are often paired with flared long Kurtis rather than tight-fitting long Kurtis. Flared Designer Kurtis or crushed Designer Kurtis with contrast leggings indeed renders a chic look.