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Fashion Trend: liquid leggings

December 15, 2008
Rihanna wearing liquid leggings

Rihanna wearing liquid leggings

The strong ’80s vibe in today’s fashion trends needs no introduction. We hardly need to single out pieces- as I’ve discovered, it seems that even self-admitted non-fashionable people can spot the ’80s influence.

This week, I was speaking with fashion-forward friends about my new pair of liquid leggings and I was surprised when a few asked me what exactly are liquid leggings.

Miley Cyrus wearing liquid leggings

Miley Cyrus wearing liquid leggings

I was bewildered; have the liquid leggings simply not been clearly labelled in fashion spreads and celebrity gossip columns? Surely everyone has seen pictures of Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Nicky Hilton, and others in the oil-slick version of the legging?

Or maybe this is a trend that falls under the general ‘leggings’ category and so fails to arouse particular notice by busy fashionistas?

I decided to investigate further.

At a social event this weekend, I did a little poll asking what liquid leggings are. The results: blank looks and a curiosity about liquid pants.

Nicky Hilton in liquid leggings. Perhaps not the best way to pair them.

Nicky Hilton in liquid leggings. Perhaps not the best way to pair them.

Lauren Conrad in liquid leggins. Yes!

Lauren Conrad in liquid leggins. Yes!

Today, I will help put liquid leggings on the style radar. The leggings trend has now persisted for a few years with varying takes on the style recipe: cropped at the knee, full length to the ankle, gathered at the ankle, with buttons, capri length, high waisted, low waisted, and not to mention in a variety of colours, weights, textures, prints, and fabrics far more creative than the staple black Lycra from the original 1980s aerobics craze. All this to say that in 2008, strutting out of the house in a baggy sweater and platforms is okay with leggings on.

As a friend pointed out, leggings make all sorts of fashion crimes passable. A skirt that short with pantyhose would be red light district, but a sweater that falls just below your rear end with a pair of leggings- you’re high fashionable!  Ah, the paradox of contemporary fashion.

Liquid leggings are the latest adaptation of the legging pant. The ‘liquid’ identifier is their oil/leather sheen/matte finish that makes them look edgy and slightly reminiscent of Trinity’s sexy getup in the movie The Matrix.

Trinity in the movie The Matrix. Liquid everything.

Trinity in the movie The Matrix. Liquid everything.

Wear them with platforms and yes, cover up your behind with a ’60s inspired mini-dress or an ’80s sweater-dress. However you choose to pair them, these leggings are the ‘it’ silhouette right now. Their sheen references leather and oil and make us feel a little more glam in gloomy financial times. Besides, it’s kind of like investing in oil. Kinda.

Liquid leggings at (about $60 on sale)

Liquid leggings at (about $60 on sale)

If you like what you see, visit Members Only’s website to order your pair of liquid leggings on sale for about $60. The National Jean Company sells ‘as seen on Rihanna’  liquid leggings made by Members Only and available for purchase on their website. With many variations on the liquid look, shop and compare liquid leggings at Shop Style. And if you want more ideas as to how to wear them, get your celebrity and leggings fix at this blog I found that is all about celebrity in leggings-! Who knew?

Leather leggings, anyone? Check out my new favourite leather leggings here.

Thank you to for the pictures of celebrities in leggings.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2008 12:35 pm

    Your blog is on point. This post was very informative and if anyone wears these leggings wrong after reading this post then it’s their fault. Have you seen the sequin tights from John Varvatos?

  2. SizzleMayfield permalink
    December 16, 2008 10:59 pm

    As much as I luv tights 2 death… Liquid leggings r not my s–t.. if i can say… leggings shape those buns but not when u r a bigger wider diva… even if so .. it’s jus 1 trend i am not down with… keep rocking if u wish diva’s…

  3. Lipstick Cafe permalink
    May 2, 2009 6:50 pm

    Totally Loves It!


  4. vonnna j fashionista permalink
    October 30, 2009 4:38 pm

    soooo…i absolutely adore your intake of the “liquid-legging” craze…i don’t know how it has gotten so big…and has lasted sooo long…..and is still being put out on runways…..but i can’t get enough of it….ever since more urban territory has destroyed the whole 80’s revival for me…i’ve been just stuck on my edgy high-fashions and coutures…but, i just still can’t over them darn leggings!!! even when i am doing a hollywood, glam look (portraying the look of a beverly hills shopper)..i still manage to pick up one of my pairs of liquids….JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH….

    • November 2, 2009 1:15 pm

      Hi, and thank you for your comment! I’m in complete agreement- it’s surprising how long this trend has lasted! I don’t think we’re near the end of it yet, either. It is a sleek look and works on a wide variety of body shapes and sizes.

      I wonder what’s next from the trunk of ’80s revival..? I’ve been seeing big shoulder pads but I’m thinking that that’s just not going to work. Pointy shoulders, on the other hand, maybe.

  5. Micheal permalink
    May 10, 2010 9:13 pm

    I want a pair


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