One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received is as follows.
"If you were there for the trend the first time, you should never, ever repeat it. No matter how cute you think it is."
I got this from my boss at the time - a beautiful, fit, funny woman with a great sense of style. I'd just gotten back from a trip to Spain, where everyone was wearing the jeans tucked into boots look. I wanted to try it.
She talked me out of it. Which I think was for the best.
And so it has been with the leggings. I've been living by that rule, and have staunchly avoided them, no matter how sorely I've been tempted.
Recently, however, at a commenter's suggestion, I bought a pair of maternity leggings. They're in the closet, tags on. I haven't yet figured out how to wear them.
I remember loving the leggings - and the stirrup pants - in the 80s. But that was back when I loved oversized sweaters and bought men's button-down shirts, size large, in which I swam. I remember having a long pink cotton sweater that I wore with my stretchy white stirrup pants and my perfectly-matching pink loafers.
Cannot. Be. Repeated. Not even remotely.
So I went searching on various sites for leggings, to see what they might pair them with.
And found the leather leggings above.
Why didn't we think of this in high school? We were in India - there was leather galore, and cheap. I had a fabulous leather mini-skirt. And don't think I didn't consider a snakeskin one as well; boy, did I.
If I were embracing leggings for the first time, oh, they would be fun!
I arrived at the certainty that if I were in my early 20s, I would find some way to wear the leather leggings. And to justify the expense.
Which tells me that in terms of age, it's probably better this way, all around.