Clothes / Wardrobe Staples / Women's Fashion

Wardrobe Staple – Patterned Leggings (and a little Lang)

Today, I accidentally ended up with a cheeky purchase from Helmut Lang

These gorgeous patterned leggings.


helmut leggings edit

‘Helmut Lang?!’ I hear you say. ‘But that’s an expensive designer brand! How can a poor student afford such luxuries without starving for weeks?’


Well… They were £20. Yes, they’re real. No, I didn’t have to barter and beg on my knees for an extreme reduction (they retail for around £275).


(Rings from Topshop and Primark)

© Lily Hartley 2014

They’re from a dress agency called The Frock Exchange in the little market town of Malton in North Yorkshire. This shop sells pre-owned designer pieces for discounted prices, and often has some amazing finds. These Midnight Floral leggings are from Helmut Lang’s Fall ’12 collection, and are a great statement piece to own.

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I’ve been looking for a pair of patterned leggings for a while. They’re a definite staple piece for any wardrobe because they’re so versatile. Pair them with plain pieces so as not to go over the top on pattern and to keep the look sleek.

Patterned leggings can be kept casual with a jumper and flats, or smartened up with a blazer and heels.

Here are some of my favourite pairs currently on the high street…

This pair are quite similar to the ones shown above, with a gorgeous abstract floral pattern. Velvet leggings from Topshop, on sale for £5!

topshop floral legging

If you want to wear prints without making too much of a statement, then these Houndstooth Print Leggings from Mango give a subtle, chic twist to the pattern trend. They’re a bargain at £5.99 in the sale.

mango leggings

These leggings make a real statement, and would be great paired with a black top and gold jewellery for a night out. Metallic Geo Leggings from Forever 21, £10.50

forever 21 leggings

These leggings are right on the tartan trend. Tartan Leggings from ASOS, £18

asos tartan leggings

Try something a little different with these monochrome Tropical Palm Treggings from Topshop, £28. For those not familiar with the term ‘treggings’, they’re a trouser-legging hybrid.

topshop treggings

These rock and gravel-inspired leggings have a gorgeous bold pattern. Stone Cold Leggings by Front Row Society at Urban Outfitters, £5 down from £35. Front Row Society have a huge selection of patterned leggings designed by independent artists.

urban outfitters leggings

So invest in some patterned leggings to liven up your wardrobe this season, and if you’re ever in Malton, pop into The Frock Exchange and see if you can pick up some designer bargains!


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