Leggings, jeggings and treggings

Leggings are ideal for mixing and matching and are a must-have item in any wardrobe. They’re usually made of stretch fabric such as a soft cotton jersey with added elastane or Lycra, so they’re extremely comfortable to wear. Leggings for women have had a massive rise in popularity since they started appearing on the high street, and there are lots of different versions of leggings that have resulted in new names such as treggings (trouser-leggings) and jeggings (jeans-leggings). Call them what you wish - leggings are here to stay! Leggings encourage freedom of movement and can add that extra layer of warmth, essential as the season gets colder. You can team a pair of knitted black leggings with a favourite dress or skirt in place of tights and styled with leather boots and warm socks. Or pick a pair of our fine faux nappa leather leggings and dress them up with a cashmere pullover for an evening out.

Leggings’ sporty history

Leggings for women have been around since the 1980s. Worn as sports leggings for aerobics classes, they rapidly increased in popularity, soon appearing in the city during the day and in the clubs at night. Styles ranged from neon bright to shiny. Today, leggings are very popular among sportspeople, and you can even see the guys out on the football pitch keeping warm with a pair! You too can grab some ideas from this sporty look by styling your leggings with a mini skirt and trainers or pumps for energetic days out.

Leggings: fashion’s best friend

Leggings are so versatile, they can be styled to suit the occasion. For a formal evening event, try high heels or high-heeled sandals. Add an elegant blouse as the finishing touch to a beautiful outfit. If you’re attending a formal occasion, go for dark colours such as navy and black leggings and pair them with a tunic top or long-line pullover or cardigan. High-heeled shoes perfectly finish off your pins, as do ballerina pumps if you’d prefer to stay comfy in flats.

For daytime wear or leisure activities, feel free to try out lighter shades or a dash of bright colours, or styles with striking patterning – whether you're on the sofa, strolling in town or at a party, the style guidelines are all yours. Try partnering printed leggings with trainers or chunky boots for a stroll through town. For sports workouts like yoga and jogging, leggings for women are the go-to outfit; you can always move around freely and their 100% body-hugging fit is perfect every time.

In the office, black leggings or leather leggings can look very smart when teamed with a short dress and heeled shoes. This trusty combination also allows you to use your favourite summer dress if you can’t bring yourself to put it away just yet. Browse the Marc Cain clothing collection online now and treat yourself to those nappa leather leggings that you know will work just as hard as you do!