These Leggings Are Patterned Like Medieval Armor and I Must Have Them Posthaste

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What’s better than leggings that make your legs look ready for knightly battle? Historically accurate leggings. Lorica Clothing’s inspiration is straight out of the Metropolitan Museum’s Arms and Armor exhibit. Attend me, squires!

Lorica (latin for body armor) is funding their leggings project on Kickstarter, and have already far surpassed their goal, which means the leggings are happening. The creative force behind it all is Elie Hutchinson, a graphic designer, art director, and avid gamer. Hutchinson clearly knows her stuff. While nothing tickles my geek fancy more than attention to historical detail, it’s evident from the Kickstarter manifesto that much attention has also been given to sustainability and fit.

Available in sizes XS through XXL, two rise heights (high-waisted, 5″ waistband; standard rise, 3″ waistband), and two inseams (regular; long), our leggings accommodate your body and style.

Our leggings are constructed from a fabric that is 14% spandex and 86% recycled yarns derived from plastic bottles. In fact, about 20 bottles go into each pair.

So while you’re questing around looking incredibly badass, you’re also saving the environment along the way. Win/win.

Fix thy gaze upon the most wondrous apparel:




Even better news: because several stretch goals have been reached on Kickstarter, a host of other cool armored items will be available from Lorica, including unisex chainmail t-shirts, dresses, and leotards. They still haven’t unlocked the reversible hoodie option yet, so let’s get on this. I mean:


Business on one side, Faire on the other, how sick would reversible hoodies be? So many ideas for these. Mail (chain, scale)? An all out cuirass, pauldrons, vambrace ensemble? SO MANY POSSIBILITIES.

Business on one side, Faire on the other. I think I’ve been waiting all my life to read those words.

(via Fashionably Geek, Lorica Clothing Kickstarter, images via Kickstarter)

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