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The History of Leggings in Film and TV

The History of Leggings in Film and TV 1

The History of Leggings in Film and TV

Did your favorite actress or celebrity wear leggings on screen?

By Jennifer Schultz, Apple Girl Boutique

Audrey Hepburn - The History of Leggings in Film and TV
We all love our leggings – you know, those super soft, peach-skin like, always comfy and stretchy leggings. Whether you like solids or prints, dressy or athletic, in 2019 there is a wide selection to choose from. You put them on, and sometimes forget you have them on – and you are off to work, shopping, yoga or to pick up the kids. They are so comfortable, that you may even forget you have them on and wear them to bed. 

Now, sometimes, leggings can get a bad reputation, as we have all seen some not so complimentary pictures and memes of see-through, translucent materials that show some unflattering angles of the wearers. We hear some people comment that leggings are not pants, and that women of a certain age should not be wearing them. I say, ignore all of that and let’s find out a little about the history of leggings worn by celebrities.

The first notable actress to wear leggings was Audrey Hepburn in the film “Funny Face”, back in 1957. She wore simple classic black with a tight black scoop neck top. They were not referred to as leggings back then, but tight pants – however, we now know they were what we call leggings.  Fast forward to the 60’s, and we see Adam West and Burt Ward donning tight leggings for the Batman & Robin TV series. I know, they are not women – but they are wearing leggings!

One of the most popular movies of the late 70’s was “Grease”, featuring Oliva Newtown John transforming from her character’s good girl image to a sexy vixen in the finale of the movie, dressed in shiny black leggings with her black off the shoulder top and red Candies heels singing her heart away to John Travolta.  

 

Batman and Robin, Olivia Newton John, Madonna - The History of Leggings in Film and TV

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As we move into the 80s, who could forget Madonna dressed in leggings and a skirt for Desperately Seeking Susan and some of her music videos? That was when leggings moved from just coming in black – to every color of the rainbow and especially neon. And what about Jennifer Grey who played the sister in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the year before she made it big in Dirty Dancing? She was trying to catch her lying brother, ward off the weird principal and chat with bad boy, Charlie Sheen, all while staying cool in her black capri leggings. I mean how else, would she have been able to run from place to place so quickly?

Someone may disagree with me – but I am pretty sure the pants worn by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back, are a looser version of leggings. Because with Luke, Han and Leia and their calf high boots – you can only believe that leggings would fit in them nicely without the thigh area bulking up.    

Jennifer Grey, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Claudia Wells - The History of Leggings in Film and TV

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In the 90’s, the powerhouse Back to the Future movie features Marty’s girlfriend Jennifer, played by Claudia Wells, wearing super cute and colorful floral printed leggings. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Movie, Kristy Swanson, wears several different leggings while killing vampires and her counterpart Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Buffy in the television series, wore occasional leggings throughout the show. Must have been that she needed to be flexible for all that vampire butt kickin’ she had to do!

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristy Swanson, Miley Cyrus

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Looking at the 2000s, Miley Cyrus wore a huge collection of solid, sparkly and printed leggings as her character, Hannah Montana, alone and layered under her skirts. In the 2010s, we see Andrea Navedo, who plays Xiomara in Jane the Virgin, wearing some very colorful capri leggings – and she looked fabulous no matter which guy she was dating! 

 When it comes to the “behind the scenes” wardrobes of many stars, during their downtime – we see pictures of them out and about in leggings - because they are perfect for lounging, shopping and exercising. I can assure you that leggings have been around for a long, long time and now with so many different variations – solids, prints, fleece lined, long and short – the 2010s introduced “jeggings”, which are big alternative to regular jeans. You have denim that has been made to be super stretchy and soft and fit like a legging, with an elastic waist instead of a zipper and button.

It’s no wonder that leggings have surpassed the sales of jeans for the first time in 2017; according to the U.S. Census Bureau as reported by Quartz.

Whew! That’s a lot of leggings. And if you go into the closet or dresser of women in America, including celebrities, you are bound to find leggings - and probably several pairs of solid black, since it’s the number one selling color in the world.

Well there you have it, a look at the history of leggings in the movie and television world. Was your favorite celebrity on this list?

Click here to check out some of our newest leggings.

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The Little Known History of Leggings

 

Apple Girl Boutique Partners with Alex's Lemonade to Help Find A Cure

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Apple Girl Boutique's Childhood Cancer Fundraiser

I'm honored that Apple Girl Boutique has just partnered with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales of our Flying Towards a Cure leggings and accessories.
 
The money we donate will pay for research to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer. Please help kids and their families by providing desperately needed hope!
I am doing this fundraiser in memory of my friend's daughter, Georgiana Antonopoulos, who passed away at the age of 7 from leukemia. 

 
If you don't want to purchase one of our Childhood Cancer awareness items, but still wish to donate to the Apple Girl Boutique Fundraiser - you can visit our fundraising page. Thank you for your support.
 
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Ladies Night Out to Feature Fashion Show and Wine Tasting

Ladies Night Out to Feature Fashion Show and Wine Tasting 0

Warminster, PA. – These past few weeks have been scorching hot, and you may be looking for an opportunity to escape the heat and have a cool night out with some friends. Mark your calendar for the Ladies Night Out Event on July 26th, at Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem.

The event is being hosted by Apple Girl Boutique, and promises to be a great night. Jennifer Schultz, local mompreneur and organizer shared, “I am so excited to put together this event that features women owned businesses and is focused on pampering, fun and the chance for women to get together.” She feels that the mall offers the perfect location with its open air feel, the community gathering space and ample parking.

The Ladies Night Out will feature a fashion show from Apple Girl Boutique, wine tasting from One Hope Wine, chair massages and skin assessments from Massage Envy in Southampton, education on skin care and shopping with Damsel in Defense, Pure Haven, New U Life, Color Street, Thirty One Gifts, Lipsense and Disney travel plans with Fairy Tale Concierge.

Women that attend will also have the chance to win an array of door prizes like $200 in shopping sprees from Apple Girl Boutique, massages from Massage Envy and several different gift baskets.

The event is free to attend and runs from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm and is being held in the Macy’s Court at Neshaminy Mall, 707 Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem, PA.

To learn more visit the Apple Girl Boutique event Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/892752397588482/

https://applegirlboutique.com/ Apple Girl Boutique is an online clothing store for women and girls, owned by Jennifer Schultz and is headquartered in Bucks County.

Why I Am Inviting You to Join Apple Girl Boutique

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By Jennifer Schultz, Owner of Apple Girl Boutique

When I started Apple Girl Boutique a little over eighteen months ago, I realized that not only did I love my clothing, but so did my customers. You might be saying, "well how else would you still be in business?" That's a great question. And my answer is - not without all of the amazing women who have been telling their friends and family about my fashions. 

So, two months ago, I launched the Apple Girl Boutique Brand Ambassador Affiliate Program. I wanted women to be able to continue to share their experiences with the clothing they were getting, but to also be able to make money while doing it. 

Often women are looking for how they can make some extra cash in addition to their full time jobs, or maybe they are a stay-at-home mom who craves an opportunity to make money while having the flexibility of working from home, or a woman who would like to start their own business, but doesn't have the capital to get going. 

You can become a Brand Ambassador Affiliate for a nominal cost by selecting one of our Affiliate Sample Kits. These kits consist of one or two pairs of leggings, a personalized URL link to track all of your sales, invitation to our private Brand Ambassador Facebook Group and support with banner ads and sales announcements. 

There are no monthly minimums, no quotas and no recruiting. You sell as little or as much as you want. All Brand Ambassadors receive 20% commission on all sales that come through their personal link and a 20% personal discount.

Apple Girl Boutique offers leggings, tops, dresses and accessories and works with both a selection of manufacturers, as well as, has a custom branded line of clothing. 

Selling the clothing is as simple as sharing your Affiliate Link with friends and family. You do not have to invest in inventory, but, some women choose to. 

My mission is to provide our customers with affordable and comfortable clothing while helping women to create their own success. With your help, I look forward to seeing Apple Girl Boutique evolve in the years to come. 

If you think that the Apple Girl Boutique Brand Ambassador Program sounds like it's right for you, you can visit our "Join Us" page on our website to learn more. 

https://applegirlboutique.com/pages/join-us

If you have questions, please email me at applegirlboutique@gmail.com.

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Size in Leggings

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By Jennifer Schultz for Apple Girl Boutique

With the hot legging trend going on right now, it can make a girls head spin when trying to figure out what is the best size to get the most comfortable fit. One thing to keep in mind is that not all leggings are the same. This means they are not made by the same manufacturer, or with the same material or the same cut.

The first thing to determine is how you want your leggings to fit. So, while I am going to give you some tips on what I usually recommend, you may find that you like your leggings to fit differently. It's important to know that the tighter the leggings are on your leg, the more the material will be stretched. If they are too tight, you could end up ripping them.

The next thing that you need to know is they do not fit like pants or jeans. Their fit is not as close as pantyhose or tights - but closer to yoga or workout pants. Some are high-waisted with an elastic band, some are low-waisted with a thicker yoga band - either way - you don't want them to be so tight around your stomach that they leave a mark when you take them off.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some leggings come in various sizes like small, medium, and large while others are designed as "one size" that fits a range of sizes - like women's one size can fit sizes 3-14. Leggings also tend to come in an average size when it comes to the inseam or length of the legging. This means that if you are shorter or taller - the leggings may fall at a different level when down toward your ankle.


Now to my tips for choosing the right size leggings!
  • Start with what size you are in pants or jeans - then try on a legging that is a comparable size
  • Look for a legging that is not too tight around your knees - since this is a big area of movement, if they are too tight, they will irritate the skin behind your knee and could potentially rip
  • The waist should not be super tight
  • When you have them on, they should be so comfortable it's like you are not wearing them
  • You should put your leggings on like they are tights or pantyhose - do not pull them up like pants or jeans - as the material is not designed for such pulling.
  • Keep in mind that if you have long fingernails - you can rip holes in the leggings - especially if you are struggling to put on leggings that are too small.
  • Once you have the leggings on, the material should not look so stretched out that you can see the pattern is distorted or the thread lines.
  • Walk around and sit down in the leggings - are you comfortable? Do they feel too tight anywhere?
  • If they feel tight, try on the next size. Please do not get concerned about what size the tag says on the leggings - meaning if you are normally a 12 in pants, but need a women's plus size in leggings - as the fit of a legging is not the same as pants. This is especially true with the fit for a one size range in a legging.
Once you find the right fit - it will be easy for you pick out another color or pattern in that same size - confident that you'll get a great fit!
 
Check out the latest leggings on Apple Girl Boutique - https://applegirlboutique.com/collections/womens-girls-leggings