What are leggings? Having grown up in the 80’s, my first thoughts go to the tube like wooly stockings worn by ‘Flashdance‘ dancers. Specifically, leggings are a type of skin-tight garment that covers the legs. They are worn by both men and women. Formerly, leggings were two separate garments, one for each leg (a la FlashDance).
Leggings are worn to keep a person’s legs warm, as protection from chafing during an activity such as exercise, or as a decorative or fashion garment. In modern usage, leggings refers to tight, form-fitting trousers that extend from the waist to the ankles. In the United States, they are sometimes referred to as tights.
Now as modern and fashionable as leggings appear, they actually have a pretty long and interesting history. During the Renaissance period throughout Europe forms of leggings, or trews if you were in the Scottish Highlands, were very common. Native American Indians wore buckskin leggings. Even in the 19th Century, military men wore leggings to protect their lower legs. This was very common in the infantry.
Today leggings are much more of a fashion statement rather than for practical military use and, thanks to several online art stores, artists and designers now have the tools at their disposal to create leggings from their own art work.
As for what works as fashionable leggings is, I guess, completely up to the person wearing them, whether they be dancers, athletes or Marines (although some of my colorful designs would no be very practical on the front lines). Here are a few Art Prints that I have reworked for leggings:
So this has turned out to be a very fun way to share my art! Check out more designs here.