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Fab Body Guide: Cropped Leggings Versus Long Leggings

I have something I need to get off my chest: Cropped leggings are generally not flattering. Sure, svelte girls can pull them off, but in most cases, they're better left untouched — or for yoga class. I came to this realization because, as you may have noticed, celebrities have been practically living in all types of leggings lately. Long, short, black, shiny, colored, holey — you name it, they've worn it. Take Christina Aguilera and Lauren Conrad: Christina is showing off a black cropped pair, while Lauren is wearing long liquid leggings.

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Anything that's cropped does just that: it cuts you off. As evidenced by Christina, cropped leggings stop the continuous flow of an outfit. Had she worn long leggings, our eye wouldn't have stopped at her calves and then proceeded to her feet. Adversely, in Lauren's case, her choice of long, almost pant-like leggings makes her appear longer and thinner; there's a harmonious flow from the top of her outfit to the bottom. A harmonious outfit is always the way to go, don't you agree?


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ChicSpandex ChicSpandex 8 years
Right on! Ankle leggings make your legs look longer and smoother. Skinny jeans sometimes work, but with the right outfit, leggings are more chic. Paired with heels, they REALLY lengthen the legs. As for pants lovers who like their wrinkles, you're 50 years ahead of your time.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i used to do the more cropped version since i don't like long skinny things, but after getting a pair of liquid leggings the other day - i'm 100% converted. how could i not have been into these before?
nourhayaty nourhayaty 8 years
i like long legging
nourhayaty nourhayaty 8 years
i like long legging
fancifulfabi fancifulfabi 8 years
Can we just get rid of them completely already? I've never worn them and I never will!
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
like the way Dasha Zhukova did - so simple but so fab...
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I hate leggings, long or short - why not wear pants or tights? I do have kind of a guilty pleasure thing for "liquid leather"/"latex" leggings, when worn right...
Desert Desert 8 years
No leggings for me. Its either tights when its really cold or I'll go bare-legged.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I like leggings with tall boots, but other then that I don't approve of the ever increasing frequency of them. Cropped or not Christina does look better in hers for some reason.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I like leggings with tall boots, but other then that I don't approve of the ever increasing frequency of them.Cropped or not Christina does look better in hers for some reason.
Sarabear Sarabear 8 years
I prefer wearing actual pants. Some fads shouldn't come back, they die out for a reason.
Sarabear Sarabear 8 years
I prefer wearing actual pants.Some fads shouldn't come back, they die out for a reason.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Oh, I agree, Fab — cropped leggings are not so flattering. Generally, though, I just wear tights.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
The only leggings I own are thermal jobbies for wearing when I'm out in the EVIL cold. Otherwise, it's tights or nada. Sorry, leggings just do me NO favors!
Susanna Susanna 8 years
Hmm. I disagree. I think it depends more on shape. If you have wide hips, long leggings (and the resulting emphasis on your ankles/feet) can be more unflattering than capris.
shannydoots shannydoots 8 years
How about no leggings at all... especially when worn as pants!
emalove emalove 8 years
I agree with Asia Valentina.
Pop-Champagne Pop-Champagne 8 years
I think that short ones is good for the summer. Long ones look classier and they are warmer for the winter.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Yeah I think long ones are sexier.Short ones make you look all calvey.
fabuleuxparis fabuleuxparis 8 years
I love leggings with shorter dresses. But, I prefer them long. :)
sabrina27 sabrina27 8 years
Love Lauren's leggings and top. I prefer long leggings since they elongate the leggs.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 8 years
fab since you been with that long leggings i try them, and i love it, my legs look nice, cropped leggings make me feel like a little girl, long leggings make me feel more grown up but whit a little UmP!!! in my closet.
myystque myystque 8 years
I agree--the longer leggings are generally more flattering.
reactionary reactionary 8 years
not only are xtina's leggings too short, but so is her top for the outfit. i don't really have that big of a problem with cropped leggings.. i don't have any long ones though so i can't really say which one i prefer. generally i just prefer tights.
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