Because I have seen some awful things at malls, restaurants and even in my own mirror, it’s time to issue this reminder:
Leggings are not pants. That means they should never be worn as pants.
I don’t care if you’re thin and toned and men tell you that you look great.
I don’t care if you’re dressing for comfort because you’ll be spending the afternoon shopping at the grocery store.
I don’t care if your legging-loving 5-year-old daughter wants you to wear them so the two of you can be twinsies.
Leggings have a tendency to be quite revealing — or as Tim Gunn, fashion guru, once told me, “horrifying” and “vulgar.”
Most people don’t want to see your every crack and crevice, bump and bulge, wiggle and jiggle.
And do you really want them to see all that anyway?
“You see these … girls in their little Lululemons with little kind of flowy crop tops. Once you start getting out of your teens, you just kind of look a little silly,” said Angela Wisniewski, a Ferndale, Mich., stylist.
Said Rachel Lutz, owner of the Peacock Room, a women’s clothing store in Detroit: “There’s certainly no excuse for grown women to do it.
“Maybe it’s laziness. Maybe it’s a misunderstanding. Maybe they … think it’s a cute trend.” But, added Lutz, who sells a small selection of leggings in her store: “It’s not a trend. It’s a faux pas.”
The good thing about leggings is that when they’re not worn as pants, they can accommodate a variety of body types and look appropriate on women all across the age spectrum.
Here’s how to look good in leggings:
Worn properly, leggings are a cozy, comfortable fashion staple that can be worn in any casual setting and, depending on how you accessorize, take you from day to evening.