Leggings have come an incredibly long way since their 14th-century inception and 1960s arrival as a bona fide fashion item. No longer are the gams-hugging pants relegated to workouts and loafing around the house on a lazy Sunday.
These days, celebrities don them constantly, whether styling a glossy faux leather pair for a night out or looking impossibly chic leaving the gym. Most actresses and models are perpetually on the move, jetting around the world for projects, premieres, catwalks, and more. So who better to illustrate why leggings are such a perfect match for travel?
They’re cute enough to confidently wear while touring a new city, and well suited to lugging baggage and settling in comfortably for a long flight.
Athleisure has markedly transformed our wardrobes over the past few years, ushering in high-tech, ultra-comfortable fabrics; sleek, deftly cut fits; and on-trend patterns and color palettes. Activewear stalwarts have launched impressive designer collabs: Adidas and Alexander Wang joined forces, while Nike paired up with former Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci.
Big luxury activewear brands like Lululemon and Sweaty Betty have proliferated, as have more indie ones like Outdoor Voices, Alala, Vimmia, and P.E. Nation. Even celebrities like Beyonce (Ivy Park) and Kate Hudson (Fabletics) have gotten in on the comfort-first trend.
Yet leggings-as-pants has long been a polarizing topic of debate. The humble, stretchy wardrobe staple even became national news in March 2017, when United Airlines got ample backlash for prohibiting two leggings-clad teens onto a flight because of their attire. But the Spandex-packed item is still part of the travel uniform for an array of celebrities who are perpetually getting passport stamps and turning out excellent outfits. Check out a range of stylish stars decked out in seriously stellar leggings.