Flared Leggings Are a Controversial New Trend

Here at Who What Wear, we’ve discussed controversial legging trends at length over the years (remember naked leggings?), but the latest one isn’t what we were expecting. For context, the chic and modern brand Cushnie just released their latest activewear collection on Carbon 38. While many pieces were clearly created more for the street than the gym, for all intents and purposes, it’s athleisure. The collection is filled with cool crop tops, jackets, leggings, and everything to go with them. Speaking of the latter, I couldn’t help but notice that almost all of the leggings in the collection have a flared leg, and they’re touted as being figure-flattering. 

Years ago, this editor’s very first leggings all had a flared leg, and they were commonly referred to as “jazz pants”. (Yep.) But Cushnie’s designs are a far cry from those early-2000s styles. Her flared leggings are undoubtedly chic, sophisticated, and effortless. I’m not sure that I’ll be wearing them to spin class anytime soon (seems hazardous) but I’m certainly intrigued by the flared-legging trend for other off-duty activities, especially when it’s as undeniably high fashion as these are.

Shop the flared leggings and more stand-out pieces from the collection below.