INTERNATIONAL LEGGING DAY | OCTOBER 18
Get geared up for International Legging Day every October 18th. Although it’s a year-round staple, when temps drop in the fall, it’s officially legging season!
Once a necessity providing an added layer of warmth, the legging is now an iconic style combining comfort and fashion. Leggings truly set a trend in the 1950s and ‘60s as a standard wardrobe piece and workout essential.
Over time, breathable materials, textures, designs, and prints ushered in the undeniable era of leggings. Now, modern-day leggings are feats of engineering designed to enhance your workout. While they continue to be a gym essential, legging styles are now so versatile that they’re widely acceptable to wear as pants. In a wide range of looks, comfortable leggings offer something for everyone.
As the popularity of athleisure skyrockets, so too does the mass appeal of the legging. Clearly, this comfortable, curve-hugging style hasn’t just revolutionized what we wear to the gym—it’s revolutionized what we wear everywhere! The versatile legging has sparked a global revolution that encourages women to embrace comfort and stay active.
HOW TO OBSERVE LEGGING DAY
Put your best legging forward! Proudly wear your favorite pair and go shopping for more. Consider this your chance to break the dress code—whether it’s at the office or that five-star restaurant you’re dining at tonight. After all, feeling comfortable is what the day’s really all about. Share your favorite looks and styles by using #LeggingDay on social media on October 18th.
INTERNATIONAL LEGGING DAY HISTORY
Fabletics founded International Legging Day in 2019 to celebrate the year-round style staple during the official legging season.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed International Legging Day to be observed on October 18th, annually.
October 18th Celebrated History
Boston Shoemakers establish the first American labor organization. They created the trade union to maintain standards while protecting their interests with a qualified and practiced workforce.
Author Herman Melville publishes the novel The Whale which would later be named Moby-Dick.
American Telephone and Telegraph Company opens the first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York opens. The ceremony included Chicago Mayor Hempstead Washburne and New York Mayor Hugh Grant exchanging greetings as well as both offices playing the Star Spangled Banner for the receiving office and their audiences.
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) is established.
The French space program launches the first cat into space. The black and white tuxedo stray named Félicette spent 15 minutes in space and returned to Earth 15 minutes later.
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-women spacewalk. During their spacewalk, the astronauts took a call from President Donald Trump.
October 18th Celebrated Birthdays
Frederick August Otto Schwarz – 1836
The German immigrant created magic long before Walt Disney ever did. In 1861, Schwarz and his brothers opened their first toy store in Baltimore Maryland. Schwarz would open a second store in New York City named Schwarz Brothers – Importers. Over the years, the store became a destination for millions of toy lovers around the world. Early in the 20th century, the store was renamed FAO Schwarz and is the oldest toy store in the United States. In 2012, Frederick Schwarz was elected to the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
Harry Yarnell -1875
Prior to World War II, the naval officer proved the vulnerability of Pearl Harbor during the annual Grand Joint Army and Navy Exercises. He served more than 51 years with the U.S. Navy and retired from service in 1942 but returned to duty several times during World War II.
Lina Radke – 1903
In 1928, Radke raced for Germany and won the first Olympic 800 meter race for women. It was the first year the Olympics allowed women in athletic events. Held in Amsterdam, the race was considered controversial because popular and medical opinion believed women too frail for competition and athleticism. Following the race, reports of collapsing runners, runners dropping out of the race, blazed the headlines. However, despite photographic and film evidence proving none of the 9 runners dropped out of the race or collapsed, the news refused to report the actual headline – that Radke won and broke the world record. Tragically, the race would be removed from the Olympics and would not return until the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.
Isabel Briggs Myers – 1897
Briggs Myers teamed up with her mother Katharine Cook Brigs to develop what became one of the most widely used personality inventories. The self-reporting questionnaire called Myers-Briggs type Indicator (MBTI) measures 16 personality types as well as other indicators and offers tools for understanding.
Trixie Worsley – 1921
Not only was Worsley the first Canadian woman to become a computer scientist, but she may have also been the world’s first woman to earn a doctorate in computer science.
Chuck Berry – 1926
The Grammy-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Chuck Berry influenced generations of musicians and artists. With a slew of number one hits, Berry ushered in the era of Rock & Roll. His first hit song, “Maybellene,” was followed by “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” along with several other popular songs in between. He continued to perform well into the 1990s.
Mike Ditka – 1939
The former professional football player led the Chicago Bears as head coach for 10 years. During his tenure, he led the Bears to a Super Bowl win in his third season. He continued to lead the Bears in winning seasons but they didn’t appear in the Super Bowl again under Ditka’s leadership.
Zac Efron – 1987
The singer and actor rose to popularity thanks the Disney hit High School Musical. He continues to earn Teen Choice and People’s Choice awards. In 2017 he played Phillip Carlyle in The Greatest Showman. His most recent production is a travel web series called Down to Earth with Zac Efron.