Leggings Gone Wild!!!

27 Feb

By Kara Harms

As we all experienced while making our wardrobe transitions from high school to college to real adult world, teens have very different styles from grown ups. I personally went through a strange emo/punk/scene period where I dyed my hair blue and thought wearing an entire pencil of eyeliner on my face looked attractive.

Teens do strange things. It is what defines us from the evil close-minded grown ups of the outside world.  It is what sets ourselves apart…and what fuels those stories we tell each other 5 years down the road. You know, the ones that you always end with “I don’t know what I was thinking”.

In Roma, the teens are no different. While you find the Italian woman dressed in dark colors, always running around in heels like champs and probably adorn in fur (and possibly a designer bag) the teens are completely different.  They like color. They like flat shoes. They like to POP.

While on a class tour today in a museum, we ran into a huge group of kids from a local high school. And every single girl looked like this:

Crazy colored leggings and tennis or high-tops.

I’m still not sure how I feel about this trend. While I’m intrigued by some of the tights-I saw a pair of sick milky way printed ones-I think they may be a little to much In Your Face while paired with the tennis shoes. A little too much funk going on here… or maybe it is because I’m in the “college” phase of my life and slowly entering the “real world adult” part and these edgy teenaged styles are way past my time? Who am I too judge.

Them. Actually I’m here to judge them.

As you all maybe have noticed, American women gravitate towards tall brown boots. In fact I think all of the girls in our class today had on either dark skinny jeans or leggings with brown boots. With my very adult looking outfit, I felt so mature and wise walking among these shinny rainbow legged kids.

And then I suddenly felt like I missed the memo of trendiness. Is this the style that is going to be hitting the Midwest in 2 years? Should I be grabbin’ up all the now cheap artsy leggings and be stocking up for when the wave hits?  Do these kids actually know something I don’t? I just don’t know.  I kind of hope not…just imagine these leggings against the blaring white Minnesota snow. We all may go blind.

You be the judge: Yay or Nay on this new Roman teenage trend? Is it just a “teen thing” or do you think it is going to be an upcoming mega style?


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