If you thought that leggings were a polarising trend in the UK, wait until you hear what stylish French girls have to say about them. We reached out to four ultra-stylish Parisian tastemakers to find out if they actually wear them or if they shun them despite their popularity here in the UK. To be honest, we assumed that given the classic French-girl aesthetic, they would all say that they "déteste" them, but that wasn't exactly the case. Unlike spring's "ugly" shoe and neon trends, they aren't all adverse to leggings. Their opinions about where it's appropriate to wear them and with what greatly varied.
While these four women obviously don't represent every girl in France, they do represent quintessential French fashion girls, and based on their over-400,000 combined Instagram followers, plenty of people around the world admire their style. Keep scrolling to see what they had to say on the subject, and shop the legging style that's the perfect compromise: the trouser-legging hybrid, treggings.
"I personally have a pair in my closet for yoga and a variant (the disco pants from American Apparel). I still like leggings I think and deeply regret the vinyl ones I had a few years ago. I love wearing them with an oversized T-shirt, a jacket and boots." — Adeline Rapon
"Of course we have leggings, but we only use them to go to the gym or to sleep!" — Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui
"Well for me, leggings are a big no. I just find them unflattering and unstylish. I'd rather wear oversize pants or black skinny jeans if I want something comfortable or casual." — Sarah Nait
"I have leggings in my wardrobe, but they're only for my flight trips or to do sport. I would never wear them to go shopping or to another occasion. For me, it's the same as going out [in] pajamas." — Anne-Laure Mais
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