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Six of the Best: Camouflaging Leggings

'Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool', by Edward Wadsworth, 1919, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

‘Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool’, by Edward Wadsworth, 1919, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

We are long-used to helpful tips in magazines and websites, giving us advice how best to hide our imperfections, but sometimes you’ve just got to throw caution to the wind and declare ‘Long-line tees begone! I’m hiding these lumps n bumps in plain sight baby!’

Yes, take a helpful tip from people who knew how to camouflage literally anything, but especially great big hunks of metal. Developed during WWI, battleships were painted in crazy angular striped patterns known as ‘dazzle’ to make it difficult for an enemy to estimate a target’s range, speed, and heading. A side effect was that it also looked incredibly stylish, so much so that Picasso himself claimed it for Cubism.

Chic and able to disguise large objects, it’s not surprising that many sportswear companies are using various types of ‘dazzle’ pattern on their leggings and capri tights. Go on! Harness the power of dazzle to confuse the gaze of those judgemental side eyes!

Here are six pairs of leggings that will definitely help you put on the old razzle dazzle:

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