Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Leggings 101

While there are a lot of cute leggings to choose from and various styles to wear them, the most important thing is to make sure that your top is long enough to conceal the “unmentionables.” This is a MUST do, so let me spell it out very clearly….always cover the part of your body between the legs where they join your torso! Leggings are NOT pants!!!

Now that we’ve addressed the most important point, let’s move on to styling.  Leggings are versatile, cozy and fall within the “casual” line of clothing.  But there are ways to glam them up for more than just lunging and lounging.  No matter what affair you are dressing up for, I got 3 words for you:  Layers, Scarves and Boots.  

Layering is as simple as it gets in rocking a pair of leggings outside a gym. For an up to date look, mix it with a bubble or oversized top, with or without a belt then throw a sweater or shawl on top.  I wear black most of the time, which to a lot of people seem boring. But no worries…sparkly details on black leggings make it interesting and guaranteed to catch attention. Wear a bright crop sweater, accessorize with a patterned scarf and color block peep toes and you are good to go.

Black Dress, Fuschia Crop Sweater and Belt by Express. Chevron Scarf and Bling Leggings by Allie Ollie Boutique.  Shoes by BCBG.  Photos by Desert Rh1no Photography.

What if you have a scarf that can be worn as a shawl or a blouse or a dozen other ways?  Have fun, play with it and see what works best for your mood. Here are a few looks wearing the same pieces different ways, good for office or bar mode.  Click here for a 20% off on-line code and visit for "how-to-video."

Tunic Dress by H&M. Shawl/Scarf and Belt by Shawl Dawls. Leggings by Allie Ollie Boutique. Boots by Nine West. Hat by Forever 21.  Photos by Desert Rh1no Photography.

For a comfortable holiday party ensemble, leggings can also make an appearance if styled appropriately.  Pair it with an elegant weightless cocktail dress and finish the look with a chic jacket. 

Bea Dress and Leticia Jacket by Bri Seeley.  Leggings by Allie Ollie Boutique. Boots by Banana Republic. Photos by Desert Rh1no Photography.

Obviously I got my leggings from Allie Ollie Boutique, click here for 20% off in-store coupon or on-line code, this applies to regular and sale items. For more tips, watch Channel 15’s Sonoran Living HERE with Allie Ollie Boutique's fashion focus on leggings. 

Speaking of boutiques, Cherrels Fashion, owned by Philippine born and raised, Cherrel Mahinay (love her last name, means "gentle"), recently opened in Paradise Valley Mall next to Dillard's. I haven't had time to scour this brand new shop, but fancy looking leggings and bedazzled phone cases already caught my eyes! Cherrel is quick to offer Chasing Sheila Friends and Family a discount.  Click here for 15% off already marked down prices.  Support our kababayan!!!  

I know, I know…you heard it before.  But I cannot talk about leggings without mentioning my all-time favorite LINDEN Signature Moto Leggings made of eco-friendly washable salmon skin leather, which is my go to piece.  This item sold out last year and is now back by popular demand. By pre-order only, get an exclusive 30% discount on LINDEN on-line clothes and accessories purchase. You may see this on the red carpet soon, get yours now and claim that you had yours before others celebs do!!! Also, LINDEN gift cards are now available...hint - this is in my wish list!!! =)

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday holiday shopping events may be over, but the savings for Chasing Sheila Friends and Family continues through the end of the year.  Click HERE to access the latest Discounts and Special Offers.

Don't miss out, get your FASH on, keep styling and make a fashion scene.


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