“ Brand: Topshop / Type: Leggings „
It took me a while to come around to the leggings trend, after seeing so many shocking examples of how NOT to wear leggings on badly dressed girls around town. However, as long as they're worn in the right way with the right outfits, they can look perfectly acceptable. These Skulls and Roses Leggings are available from Topshop in their high street stores, or online at www.topshop.com and they cost RRP £20.00, with sizes ranging from 6 - 16.
Product description: "Skulls and roses print leggings in grey."
Printed leggings are a fun fashion statement and I really liked the look of this particular pair. They have an all-over pattern with a high quality level of detail that shows up clearly on the fabric. The background colours have an inky washed out sort of look to them, with blues, lilacs, and pinks all mingling and fading into each other to give a mottled appearance. Over this, there are repeated images in a mid-grey tone which stands out from the colourful background, but there is not a great deal of contrast in the shades so it creates quite a subtle effect. From a distance they almost have an abstract tie-dye sort of look, but when you get up close you can see that there are photo-perfect pictures of skulls and roses covering the whole of the fabric. I like the combination of delicate, girly colours with the grey printed images as it gives a good balance between a feminine look with a rock 'n' roll twist to it.
I always make sure to layer my clothing when I wear leggings, as I think it looks awful to have your crotch hanging out in a pair of skin-tight leggings! Because these leggings are so eyecatching and feature a lot of colour and detail, I tend to balance this out with plain colours in the rest of my outfit sticking to either black or grey, and now the weather's turning really cold I'll be layering up even more with chunky knitted cardigans and sweaters. The leggings aren't quite as long as I would have liked, although I do mostly prefer to wear leggings tucked inside of a pair of boots which isn't so much of a problem. I also think these look nice with a pair of Converse style trainers, however I do get an inch or so of bare ankle exposure where there's a gap between the hem of the leggings and the top of my shoes.
The material is made from 96% Polyester and 4% Elastane. This mix feels soft against the skin and is very comfortable to wear. The leggings fit very nicely as they are quite tight and move with me when I'm walking around or doing any activities. I actually wore them on my department's team building workshop where we were doing circus skills training, and they were perfect for this unusual activity, as the tight but stretchy material meant that they stayed in place well without slipping and still gave me freedom of movement. They're just as practical when wearing on an ordinary day slobbing around the house and taking a gentle walk into town and back!
These leggings are machine washable so I put them in the washing machine on my normal cycle at 30 degrees. A positive thing to note is that they don't need ironing afterwards as the stretchy fabric does not crease. There are no signs of wear after several months of using them. The fabric has a smooth finish with a cotton-like feel even though they are made of synthetical materials.
Overall, I would recommend these leggings as the perfect addition to a girly gothic outfit. The skull and rose pattern is very detailed and the colours in the background help to balance out the macabre element and make them look pretty. They're comfortable and easy to move around in, as well as being easy to care for.