My apologies for getting this week’s Food and Fashion Friday out so late in the day, but I figured better late than never. My dining recommendation for the week is Lucca, a fabulous little restaurant that is the closest you’ll come to Soho while in Des Moines. Lucca offers a 3 course prix-fixe menu for $25. The menu changes nightly, and if you’re not used to the prix-fixe concept you’ll want to keep in mind that your choices for dinner will be limited. That being said, Lucca is definitely a dining experience that should not be passed up. The food is superb and the atmosphere is one of a kind in Des Moines. Lucca is located at 420 E. Locust St. and open for both lunch and dinner.
I’m certainly not the first person to call into question leggings as a legitimate article of clothing. There are several schools of thought on this issue. A good number of people believe that leggings are never appropriate past the age of 6 while there is a large camp that think leggings go with everything. (These are the same people who believe jean mini skirts paired with Uggs are a good idea.) I would place myself in the middle of these two extremes. I do think leggings can be great under dresses or long tunics (emphasis on the long). A good rule of thumb is when you put your ensemble together ask yourself if you would feel comfortable if you were wearing tights instead of leggings.
One benefit to popularity of leggings is that they now are available in a variety of fabrics and colors. These cotton/cashmere blend leggings from Victoria’s Secret are a great example of how leggings can be practical and keep you warmer than just a pair of tights.
If you’re looking for something a little bit more fun try a pair of either black shiny leggings for a rocker look or printed leggings under a dress for some bohemian charm. (Both looks from Topshop.)
Whatever pair you choose remember: leggings are a substitute for tights not pants.