"On a practical level, leggings may ultimately have even more longevity than drainpipes, simply because they’re more comfortable and more forgiving now that we’ve learnt to wear them under dresses, tunics, oversized boyfriend jackets, baggy T-shirts, mini-kilts, cocktail dresses and other ingenious thigh-concealers. This is not the early 1990s, when the only way to wear leggings was with a teeny tunic or patterned shirt. Although teenagers are choosing to wear their leggings increasingly with skimpy tops (presumably to differentiate themselves from their more cautious mothers), wearing leggings now comes with numerous safety clauses." - Times Online