We shouldn't be surpised leggings are back in fashion. It's not that we don't like the silhouette, who doesn't want longer leaner looking legs? We just don't want to see the mis-use of them (think cotton leggings with a big Mickey Mouse sweatshirt) that became way too common in the 80's.
If you're daring enough to go down this route, we recommend looking for a quality pair with a good dose of Lycra or spandex to hold their shape. No bagging backside please! Wear them with boots or heels, a flowy top, and a cropped leather jacket or vest.
Our favorite designer of leggings is Vince. She crafts them longer than most and they wear well through washing. They also have zippers and buttons which make them easier to pull on, give them more shape and camouflage the belly. The Ponte Darted Leggings are longer than they look here (this model has super long legs).
We have a pair of the Ponte Riding Pants. The seam on the inner thigh makes us feel slimmer. Notice how great the Vince cashmere sweater goes with leggings too.
We also swear by black Theory pants, because they make your butt look great. Only problem with Theory is we have to go up a size. Oh, well, nobody knows but us. The Tobie Skinny Cargo Pants have pockets on the outer thighs and seams down the back of the legs.
This pair of 7 For All Mankind navy leggings has denim jeans styling, including their flattering signature back pockets.
These DVF Under Leggings are the longest we found at 36 inches.