No longer the reserve of equestrians or the 1980s, stirrup leggings have been making their way down runways for a fair few seasons. Brands like Balenciaga and Marni debuted their take on the trend in A/W16 shows, with other names soon following suit – Wardrobe NYC was a particular champion of the trend when they launched their first high end capsule collection in 2016.
Most recently, the stirrup look picked up pace during the A/W20 shows and has enjoyed enduring popularity as women seek out comfortable, stylish clothes suitable for life at home. But that doesn’t mean they don’t come with options: Jacquemus has offered up fashion forward knee-grazers, while Saint Laurent took a more classic approach with its dark, streamlined silhouettes. Elsewhere, Isabel Marant’ has nodded to the trend’s 80s origins by pairing them with boxy, cropped jackets, while Victoria Beckham, Leset and Norma Kamali have all released versions, too. To replicate the look on the high street, make Zara your go-to.
Whether in marketing campaigns or on fashion influencers, the most common choice of styling has been with heels. But with fashion taking on a more dressed-down approach due to the pandemic, we’ve seen them look just as good dressed down – making them a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe whatever the occasion.