leggingsGet ready for a total thematic aboutface on this blog. After the last post, there’s really no place to go but up I suppose.

Anyway, I thought about what would be the polar opposite of a gloomy post on mortality and it hit me… stretchy pants!

My friends can vouch for me on this, but I’m a devout believer in leggings. To me, they are a wardrobe essential.

Literally every day that I’m not in a swimsuit or a sundress, leggings are my bottoms of choice. It’s funny because I like to think I’m “better” than stretch pants in a lot of ways. I’m hopeful that within me there is some sort of sophisticated, urbane fashion sense, but then… then there just… isn’t.

I typically associate leggings with:

  • Obese people
  • Jappy girls
  • Small children
  • Dancers
  • Yoga instructors

I am none of these things. And yet… somehow I can’t say no to leggings. There is nothing as silky soft and forgiving as Lululemon’s wunder unders. They make me a happy gal.

Lots of holier-than-thou critics use leggings as an example of our declining cultural morals. From the way school administrators harp on leggings as a symbol of all that is wrong with today’s youth, you’d think they were the direct cause of a) teen pregnancy b) gay marriage, and c) nuclear war. (And to that I say, a) possibly, b) doubtful, and c) certainly not). In other words, a seemingly innocent piece of fabric is ridiculously controversial.

But I don’t care. There is nothing more comfortable than leggings. Anyone who says a pair of jeans are ohmygod-so-comfortable-seriously-they’re-just-like-wearing-leggings is LYING. I have never put on a pair of pants with a button that comes CLOSE to the comfort of my leggings.

So I’m not sure if this is a rant or an apology or a little bit of both, but despite my backwards fashion sense, I’m not going to relinquish these stretchy leg coverings for cooler clothes any time soon.

9 thoughts on “In Defense of Leggings

  1. I totally agree! I finished my undergrad last year and started a job… then realized the only pants I owned were jeans and leggings. Wish I could live in my wunder-unders forever!!

  2. 100% agree!!
    I’ve seen people post things like “LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!” (all angry and what not), but I’m pretty sure they are:
    According to free online dictionary
    pants [pænts]
    pl n(Clothing & Fashion) an undergarment reaching from the waist to the thighs or knees

    If I could wear tights on a daily basis I would! Luckily my company is fairly casual and as long as I have a nice pear of shoes and a dressy (longer top) I can generally get away with wearing leggings.

    Thanks for posting this 🙂

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