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Hot style: edgy faux leather to pop neons, panelled tights

Arpita Kala, Hindustan Times   February 23, 2014
First Published: 18:36 IST(23/2/2014) | Last Updated: 18:57 IST(23/2/2014)

Move over distressed denims, retro plaids and corduroys! Leggings and pants with contrasting strips of panels are the latest trend in town. From pop-hued contrasting panels to faux leather ones on cotton leggings, many celebrities have recently been spotted rocking this trend.

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While the panelled trend is already a rage internationally, actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra recently flaunted her curves in striking red, black and white panelled leggings. You can also take your pick of celeb inspiration from singers Jessie J, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, model Rosie Huntington-Whitley, among others.

But panelled leggings are a fashion dare of sorts, so beginners can use leggings with leather panels on the sides to flaunt a slimmer silhouette. Daring divas can mix and match patterns on their printed leggings or opt for ones with random panels of lace.

So go ahead, patch up your style quotient | We tell you how! (Below)

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1 Perfect the fit: Too tight or too loose fit of the legging can mar your look. Never cease your quest to find the perfect fit even if it means trying out a million pairs.

2 Top it up: Unless you are playing dress up, avoid pairing attention-grabbing or overly matching tops. One trick to master is to match the top with the dominant base colour of your leggings or pants.

3 Playing footsie: Choose your footwear according to the occasion. Strappy gladiator sandals, sequined flip-flops, mules are ideal for daytime. You can pull out your pointed- toe stilettoes and boots for a night time do. 

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