Have you ever heard about LYCRA® fiber? I’d be surprised if you hadn’t, because it’s everywhere! LYCRA® is a fiber, that is particularly well-known for its elasticity. It is blended into all kinds of fabrics so clothes get a stretchy feeling, following the curves of your body. You have probably come across it in your skinny-fit jeans, yoga pants, swimwear, undies or tights.

When Katka posted about how to pack a week’s stylish travel wardrobe into a carry-on-suitcase she mentioned the high value of leggins. When it comes to long-haul flights, over-night bus rides or on-the-go yoga classes, I totally agree, leggins thrown together with a long shirt that covers my behind are amazing. In other situations though, leggins just are not my thing. When they stick to my skirt and make it crawl up my inner thighs, for example; or when their cotton doesn’t match the light fabric of my favourite dress; or when they won’t fit under my trousers as a smooth base layer. Then I like to come back to a classic: tights with LYCRA® fiber for freedom, movement and comfort.

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I always travel with at least one pair. And I don’t mean the thick, itchy ones – the nightmare of my, and I’m sure also your, childhood – but the thin, stretchy kind that feel great on your skin. If I know one thing about tights, then it is to always opt for high quality ones, because they last longer and feel nicer. That’s why I like brands that blend LYCRA® fiber into the fabric, like Hudson.

LYCRA® brand is a company with a long tradition; the fiber was invented in the late 50ies and has been an integral part in women’s clothing ever since. Right now they are celebrating the timeless awesomeness of tights with the #LegfieLove photo competition and a chance to win an unforgettable trip to Australia for you and your friend! But I’ll come to that later…

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First, why are these stretchy tights with LYCRA® fiber an absolute must-have when travelling? Here are some of my favourite things about them:

  • They are comfortable. LYCRA® fiber is basically invisible, and it makes the fabric incredibly smooth. There’s no pinching around the waist, no itchy feeling on the skin and no wrinkles down by your knees and ankles. It lies completely smooth against my skin, which leads me to…
  • They fit underneath. When I travel to a colder region, I like wearing a pair of thin tights underneath my trousers. Ideally, those will neither stick to the tights, nor slide down all the time. Tights are also perfect to wear under shorts when it’s too cold for bare legs.
  • They allow me to move. The tights do exactly the same as my skin. Without loosing their shape they follow each movement of my body – whether it’s curling up in a seat on the plane, or climbing up a steep mountain.
  • They are fool-proof. If you get tights with LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™, you don’t have to worry about scratches and holes anymore, as they are run-resistant. That leaves plenty of time to stress out about other things instead.
  • They dress up. Tights look sophisticated – you can’t argue with that. If you have at least one dress in your backpack to sometimes feel like a lady, then you should also carry a at least one pair of thin tights for the same reason.

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Now, back to the #LegfieLove photo competition. All you need to do is snap a photo of yourself in your most colourful, original or stylish pair of tights, stockings or leggins and share this ‘legfie’ on the LYCRA® brand’s Facebook page. The photo has to show your legs wearing tights, stockings or leggins (with/without shoes or socks) and reflect your interpretation of LYCRA® brand values, freedom of movement, comfort and fit. The competition is open to participants from Germany, the UK, France, Spain and Poland, and there will be three winners in each country.

The Time Line: You can upload your picture until February 6; the voting closes two days later on February 8. All photos that receive over 15 likes are then forwarded to and judged by a jury consisting of three lingerie and selfie experts.

The Rules: You need to be 18 years or older, and a resident of one of the participating countries. Each participant can upload up to 5 legfies. Full terms & conditions can be found here.

The Prizes: The third prize is a year’s supply of tights from a local lingerie brand – in Germany the partner is Hudson. The second prize is a luxurious weekend getaway for two to Ushuaia Beach Hotel in Ibiza. And the first prize is an unforgettable week-long jaunt to Australia for you and your partner in crime. Down under you will have the chance to either dive, surf, climb or touch the clouds of the beautiful Sydney sky.

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So bring on your traveletty travel tights and snap away. Whether your photo is in #fromwhereistand-manner or shows your legs twisted in a yoga pose – there is no limit to your creativity!

*The post is a cooperation with LYCRA® brand.

This is a post by Kathi Kamleitner.

Kathi Kamleitner was a regular contributor at Travelettes from 2013 to 2019. Originally from Vienna, Austria, she packed her backpack to travel the world and lived in Denmark, Iceland and Berlin, before settling in Glasgow, Scotland. Kathi is always preparing her next trip – documenting her every step with her camera, pen and phone.

In 2016, Kathi founded Scotland travel blog WatchMeSee.com to share her love for her new home, hiking in the Scottish Highlands, island hopping and vegan food. Follow her adventures on Instagram @watchmesee!