Do You Not Need a Shirt for This New Legging Trend?

Allyson Payer
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Are you maybe asking yourself, What could a controversial legging trend that you don't need a shirt for be? Well, allow me to explain. Last month, I attended the first-ever Activewear Fashion Week and came back armed with up-to-the-minute knowledge of the latest legging trends, one of which was impossible to miss: legging jumpsuits (also known as unitards or bodysuits). As Michelle Wahler, co-founder and CEO of Beyond Yoga, told me, "We are seeing a big demand for bodysuits. They are so chic, easy to layer, and the simplicity of streamline dressing is appealing to modern consumers."

At the aforementioned Activewear Fashion Week, one designer after another (Beyond Yoga included) endorsed jumpsuits in their latest collections, and I've noticed more and more of the style cropping up on the market. While they certainly give a sleek, polished look, I'll be the first to admit that they're not the most forgiving legging option. That said, many styles do feature the same shaping compression fabric that the most flattering leggings contain. And while layering a shirt or jacket over a legging jumpsuit is certainly an option, it's not a requirement, making this one-and-done piece the most convenient legging option on the market, even if it's not the easiest to wear.

So what does all this have to do with ballet, you ask? Unlike most ballet-inspired trends, unitards aren't typically worn by ballerinas (they stick to tights and leotards). Fun fact: Unitards are actually commonly worn by male ballet dancers, who rely on them for ease of movement.

Convinced yet? Read on to shop 20 stylish legging jumpsuits that just might be enough to get you on board with the trend.

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