Black leggings? A fashion ‘don’t’, says the Thai government

Black leggings? A fashion ‘don’t’, says the Thai government

The global trend is showing up on legs all over Bangkok, prompting the health ministry to issue a warning
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Black leggings, seen here on American reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, are a hot trend in Hollywood, where wearers don't have to worry about pesky mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever.

Black leggings may be a global fashion ‘do’ these days, but the Thai government is warning its citizens there’s nothing fashionable about dengue fever.

According to a report on, the Thai government says the black leggings could be putting teenagers at risk of catching the potentially deadly mosquito-borne illness.

"I'm worried about how people dress, especially teenagers," said Deputy Public Health Minister Phansiri Kulanartsiri, who noted that mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. "The mosquitoes can bite through the leggings' thin fabric, so those who wear them are at greater risk of being infected with dengue."

Dengue fever is on the rise in Thailand, with 43 deaths and more than 45,000 infections in the first seven months of this year, said the report.