Today I did something I swore I would never do. I bought leggings to wear as pants. Not to wear under a dress, not to wear while exercising and certainly not to wear as pj’s.
I’ve always been a huge supporter and active member of the Leggings are not Pants brigade. I’m often seen shaking my head like some old woman at the young ones of today who wear these so called leggings with such ease. They throw a t-shirt and thongs on and off they go. “Hey, look at me. I’m wearings leggings that are so sheer you can see my underwear. Yes, I am! And I think they’re pants. I really do!” Poor disillusioned kids.
I’ve put together some basic rules of when leggings are not pants:
1) If the leggings are so sheer I can see you need to shave your legs, they are not pants.
2) If the leggings are so tight that a camel calls you asking for his toe back, they are not pants.
3) Just because your leggings have a zip at the ankles, they are still not pants.
4) If I can make out what style of underwear you are wearing, they are not pants.
5) If I can make out you need to be wearing underwear, they are definitely not pants.
Up until today I have been a firm believer that unless you’re exercising- and by exercising I don’t mean wearing sports leggings to drop off the kids at school and staying in them all day and pretending you’re actually going to the gym- or wearing them under a dress, then leggings should never take the place of real pants.
Until today, when I bought myself a pair of ox-blood leggings that I’m planning to wear with a big jumper. Here’s why I think these leggings can get away with being called pants:
1) They are so thick and padded that there’s no way of seeing anything you shouldn’t.
2) They come up higher than just the edge of my bum crack.
3) There’s no mistaking them for stockings, sports leggings or pyjamas.
4) You will not be able to see my hoo hah.
4) Because I said so.
So today I join the dark side. I am wearing leggings as pants. No camel call yet. X