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Leggings for life


So I did something a little crazy last week…

Every year, when the weather starts to get a bit cooler, I feel the need to stock up on one of my seasonal favorites: leggings. I know, I know, I just wrote about how I won’t be wearing leggings as much, but let’s be honest, they’re on regular rotation. The only thing, I feel like I’m constantly looking for the perfect pair. Not too sheer, stretchy enough, a little compression, the list goes on and on. I have easily invested hundreds of dollars on leggings. And mostly, each pair is just ok. I have very specific reasons why one pair can’t do it all.

When Net-a-Porter started carrying Alaïa I became obsessed with the brand’s staple items. Classic Alaïa jacquard knits and their fit-and-flare mini dresses are iconic. But I never considered the brand for myself. First of all, it’s insanely expensive. And for good reason, have you ever run your hand along the jacquard knit? It’s impeccable. Azzedine Alaïa is a perfectionist, a true couturier, and his tailoring is as well known as the brand itself. With all that being said, over the summer I bought a pair of Alaïa’s short shorts, and my love of short shorts is well documented here. I literally lived in them throughout the end of my pregnancy and the rest of the summer. After that successful purchase, I longed for a pair of leggings in the same fabrication: 66% viscose, 16% polyamide, 14% polyester, 4% elastane. When I found a pair in my size at Barneys recently, I put them on hold, the price tag is steep, and for a pair of leggings I had a hard time justifying the purchase. It wasn’t until I went home, and made a pile 20 high of old leggings, that I realized I had spent the same amount of money on the entire pile as a single Alaïa pair. So I made a decision- instead of buying 5 new pairs to last this season, I would buy one that would last for many.

Image: Alaïa Leopard Collection Autumn/Winter 1991-1992

Tags: Anna Wintour / Azzedine Alaïa / designer / fashion / Paris / tailor

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