|Accessorized with Chanel ballerines.|
Leggings. Let’s examine the leggings conundrum.
Ines de la Fressange tells us they’re a no-no after 50, whereas with her long lean legs she is probably one of the few women in the world who could wear them forever.
When mulling the problem, I was on the fence for a few days, but finally I’m leaning toward agreement with Ines. Let me explain. I’m not certain they’re an age issue — except perhaps for the short version — they are, regretfully, more of a figure issue.
Why emphasize lumpy at any age if that happens to be one’s figure default. And please, do not give me the “they’re comfortable” excuse. So are sweats and you know they are never to be worn in public under any circumstances. They are exercise wear. Period.
Comfort and style have never been mutually exclusive. Laziness and laisser-aller (translate “sloppy”) are unacceptable, particularly at our ages.
I have a French friend in her 70s who often wears leggings, ballerinas and big white shirts, lots of bangles and looks stunning. She has great style and possesses a closet full of haute couture, right next to a collection of simple tops from Zara. She has no fear or complexes about the “rights” and “wrongs” of fashion.
Most of the time however, I think leggings are risky, as in difficult to wear with panache. Sometimes, I’ve noticed, they’re simply silly. With rare (tres rare) exceptions why would anyone over 25 wear short leggings under a dress for example? And, when, long or short, accessorized with sky-high heels they do look a little you-know-what, as in “I offer hourly rates.”
|She’s an artist and she has created her distinctive “look.” No it’s not for everyone, in fact it’s probably for her alone, but isn’t it sweet? (And, no, she’s not as young as she appears.)|
That being said, I looked through my photo files and found a few French subjects of a certain age wearing leggings.
Is it because they’re French? Is it because they’re in France?
I’ll let you decide.