It’s not just us: celebs LOVE leggings too


Catwalks have been feeling oh-so sporty of late – with designers showcasing heaps of models clad in exercise-appropriate attire.

And the High Street has been quick to follow suit: Penneys, Dunnes Stores, Life Style Sports, H&M, Marks & Spencer, and Forever 21 all currently have their own lines of seriously chic gym gear – and that includes plenty of lovely leggings.

Emma Roberts, Beyonce Knowles, Rihanna, and Kylie Jenner in their leggings


We charge Stella McCartney with kicking off the trend it the first place: more than a decade ago she collaborated with Adidas, making exercise seriously stylish.

And last November H&M carried Alexander Wang’s sporty studio-to-street collection, while long-established leggings-fan Beyonce’s much-anticipated “athletic streetwear” collection will be released by Topshop this autumn. There’s also Rita Ora’s collaboration with Adidas, and Rihanna’s with Puma.

Actress and writer Lena Dunham, stars of Girls, is just one of the many celebs who have lately been taking to social media to share their love of the garment.

Lena Dunham posted these images to her Instagram account


But if you assume that a pair is a cheap-and cheerful way to bulk up your wardrobe, think again. Indeed, leggings can set you back… thousands. Yes, if you were so inclined, you could part with close-to €3,200 for The Row’s leather offering, or indeed €2,500 for Brunello Cucinelli’s version in suede. Wowsers!

Here, we detail the highs and lows (price-wise anyway) of the humble legging.

The painfully pricey (only celebrities need apply):

Marc Jacobs printed leggings, €630; Stouls Carolyn suede leggings, €1,045; 
The Row stretch-leather leggings, €1,960; Lucas Hugh leggings, €586


Toteme cashmere leggings, €355; Joesph stretch leather leggings, €865; 
Alexander McQueen leopard-print leggings, €830; 
Bernhard Willhelm embroidered leggings, €738 


And the affordable stables that are much more up our street…

F&F Aztec print lounge leggings, €12; Marks & Spencer pull-on leggings, €13;
Heatons floral leggings, €18; Michelle Keegan for Lipsy biker leggings, €46


Adidas Originals paisley leggings, €35; AX Paris tartan leggings, €16;
New Look work-it legging, €19.99; River Island foil foral leggings, €40