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The Proper Way to Wear Leggings (With Long Shirts!)

Leggings with a tunic!

Leggings with a tunic!

Long Shirts to Wear With Leggings

Leggings are very forgiving pants. You can gain or lose plenty of weight, but the leggings will stretch right along with you. Because of this, they are perfect for people of all sizes. Yes, I said it. Anyone can wear them. Some people will tell you plus size women should not wear leggings. This is simply not true. As long as any woman is wearing them properly, a woman of any size can find them to look flattering.

First and foremost, wear a long shirt! This is the basic rule of leggings. You want to wear a long shirt, preferably a tunic. Tunics are made with leggings in mind. Make sure to buy your long shirt so it goes about two inches below your rear end. Yes, that is why they exist. It is just not proper to walk around making us look at your butt. Some dudes might want to see it, but to be honest, no one's butt (no matter how much you work out!) looks too good in leggings. It just simply leaves nothing to the imagination. So cover it up! Let's not even mention no one wants to see the front region either while you are wearing them. Just remember to cover it up, girls!

Second, you can achieve this same look with a cute dress, a sweater dress, or a short skirt. Sometimes a skirt or a dress is just too short to look appropriate unless you are wearing leggings under it. Leggings are often a quick fix for the, "Is this skirt too short?" dilemma. The bottom line is you are still keeping the private regions covered and that is the correct way to wear them.

Leggings are Everywhere

Leggings are a fashion trend that just won't go away. They were quite popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Due to a lot of what I would like to call "Leggings Abuse," the fad went out of style. They started to make a comeback again a few years ago, though. While I was excited to see them reappear (since I still had some perfectly nice pairs in my closet), I knew the inevitable would happen: the abuse would begin again. Sadly, some people do not know how to properly wear them. Those folks tend to ruin it for all of us and give leggings a bad name.

You can see it at any mall. There are people walking around wearing leggings and short shirts. Some people have even decided they can wear tights and pretend they are leggings. There are even some girls wearing jeggings, as if they are skinny jeans. No, no, no! None of this is acceptable. If everyone is going to keep committing these crimes of fashion, companies will stop making leggings again and we will all suffer. Sometimes, it just takes a few rotten apples to spoil the whole bunch. So before this happens, please take the time to read about the proper way to wear leggings. It could save us all!


Jeggings Are Not Jeans

Jeggings are like leggings' weird second cousins. I don't recall jeggings being around when leggings originally became popular, but nonetheless, they are cute and most of us have embraced them. Just keep in mind that they are still not jeans, even if they are made to look like denim. Also, please remember they are not skinny jeans either. So please don't treat them as such. Treat them the same way you would treat leggings. The same "cover it up" rules apply.

Tights Are Not Leggings

Sure, we all have some really thick tights in a dresser somewhere. That does not make them leggings. Tights go under skirts and dresses. They are not pants at all. Tights should not ever be considered pants and worn without a skirt, dress, or a pair of shorts if you are feeling really bold. However, there are those of you that attempt to push the limits of good taste.

Oh yes, I have seen you at the mall. You are wearing hot pink tights, a shirt, and polka dot underwear. You know who you are! Stop doing that. Clearly you are wearing tights since everyone can see your underwear. It does not look stylish or trendy. Instead, people pity you because they think you walked out your house without remembering to put your skirt on. It is embarrassing.

Tunics Are Not Dresses

I know this is an article about leggings, but while I am on the subject of styles gone wrong, I want to point out a disturbing new leggings-related fashion error. I've noticed some younger women, like college students, are starting to wear tunics as if they are actual dresses. No!

I realize some websites are calling tunics "tunic dresses," but they are still intended to be worn with leggings. The same way the photo above shows the leggings without a shirt or tunic covering it properly, that is merely for display purposes. The same goes for any photo showing off just a tunic without leggings. Please do not go out sporting a tunic without a pair of leggings. We can tell it is not a real dress. You might think us older chicks are just out of style, but that is not the case. We just know you cannot wear a tunic without some pants. Please do us all a favor and put some leggings on underneath your tunic.


The World Thanks You!

Not only do I thank you for taking the time to read all about the proper way to wear leggings, I also thank you if you follow these rules. As a matter of fact, I am sure the world thanks you for properly wearing them from now on. Now go out there and wear some leggings!

Leggings Crime of Fashion Poll

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Jeannie Marie


Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 29, 2016:

Dolores Monet, I have the same problem with tops. I have a long torso, but short legs. I can wear a tunic or a short dress just like a regular top sometimes.

bcamnb, you may have to hem them to make them a little shorter. It may also be possible to tuck them under, but I am not sure if they will stay. I must admit I use boots as a solution to that problem.

bcamnb on March 23, 2016:

what do you do when your leggings (black) are way too long? and you do not want to wear boots?


Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 15, 2016:

Well I'll miss the whole tunic and leggings trend. I have an awful time finding tops that are long enough. So many are so short that I can't reach up without showing my midsection and at my age, it ain't something ya really wanna see. A nice long tunic covers it all up and is so comfortable!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on June 09, 2014:

I've noticed people not wearing long shirts with leggings so much anymore. Although I still think you need to keep things covered up some, I know you are not alone with this opinion. Thanks for dropping by!

Crissylite on June 09, 2014:

I like wearing leggings because they're comfortable, but I wearing them without a long shirt would feel sooo weird. Love the article.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on June 06, 2014:

Victoria Lynn - I used to wear them in the 80s and now I am wearing them again. They are great pants since I like to have a variety of pants to wear and leggings are so cheap. Also, they are very forgiving when a person gains a little weight or has a big meal. As a matter of fact, I think I have been thinking about leggings too much lately - I am actually writing an entirely new hub about leggings. I also target yoga pants in this one, too. I expect I will be done with it around Monday or Tuesday. Thanks for the votes!

DzyMsLizzy - Oh no, the stirrup pants! I remember those. They were so awkward because you had to be the perfect height for them. If you were a little too tall, it would basically keeping pulling your pants down all day. I remember that weird pocket that would form at the top of my legs as those pants tried to go south all day long. I hope they never make a comeback!!! Thanks for the vote and thanks for the comment.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on June 05, 2014:

Laughed my rear off! Well, metaphorically speaking anyway. (Regrettably not actually possible. LOL)

I remember these--but we never called them "leggings," they were just "stretch pants."

And even further back, there were 'stirrup pants' which were the same exact thing, but with a sling at the bottom that fitted under you foot, holding the pants from creeping upwards. Oh. I'm dating myself now!

Voted up and funny!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 05, 2014:

My thoughts exactly! I wore leggings in the 80s--with long, very long, shirts. I don't like them anymore now. I prefer looser clothing these days. Women wearing leggings as pants drives me CRAZY. What are they thinking? Especially in a professional setting. Oh, I feel your pain! :-)

Lots of votes, including funny, of course!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on May 06, 2014:

Usually skinny people can still make leggings work for them. One of my friends wears a really long shirt or dress over leggings and then puts boots on. The boots give the appearance that your legs are not as skinny. Hope that works for you!

Sophia Angel from Salt Lake City, Utah on May 06, 2014:

Impressive article, I am too skinny whenever I wear leggings my leg look like a toothpick so what could be the alternative that I can wear? Or how to make leggings suits on me.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 14, 2014:

Thank you so much. I also have one about the pajamas, too. :-)

KHinms on January 14, 2014:

Well said!!! Now could you please address the people who insist on going out in public (to the grocery store and else where) in their Pajamas and slippers??????

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on November 01, 2013:

Thanks so much. I've gained some weight recently, so leggings are my best pants right now... they stretch right along with me.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on December 06, 2012:

I think someone that does not know how to even spell the word ridiculous might not want to judge me. I am trying to help others not look ridiculous when wearing things in an inappropriate way that grosses out the rest of society. Have a nice day!

Althea2213 on December 06, 2012:

Oh dear. How rediculous you sound. How about you let others wear things the way they want. I hate it when people are so insistant about the right and wrong ways to wear things. Its quite pathetic really

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 18, 2012:

Thanks so much! I am happy you enjoyed it.

idigwebsites from United States on August 18, 2012:

Very informative and helpful hub. Thanks! :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 06, 2012:

Sunshine625 - I think with a long shirt or a skirt, leggings can look good on adults, but it is all about the style of the leggings and how it compliments the rest of the outfit. I've seen some horrific leggings nightmares at the mall. For this reason, leggings are bound to go out of style soon for the rest of us. Thanks for the comment!

glorgeousmom - Many teenagers already know the right and wrong way to wear leggings, but there are some that need a little assistance. Thanks for sharing this with your daughter. Even though it sounds like she doesn't need the help, she probably knows girls that do. :-) Thanks for the vote up!

Glo L Bernadas from Philippines on August 06, 2012:

Thanks for the timely useful information you shared with us. I will be sharing this with my teen-aged daughter who is fond of wearing leggings, though there is not much to worry about but just in case she forgot and goes overboard:)) Voted up.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 05, 2012:

There should be an age limit on who wears leggings. Under ten yrs old, maybe younger. I've never seen anyone over the age of ten look good in a pair of leggings. Fab hub!!:)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 05, 2012:

Thank you for getting on board with me on this one. In a perfect world, everyone would follow the rules of leggings. I know it isn't happening when I see the way people are dressed at the mall, but I can only do so much. Thanks for the comment!

Sarah Chewings from Nottingham, England on August 05, 2012:

I think there are a few people I work with who could do with reading this... I love my leggings, but only ever wear them out of my house with a long top, or a woolen dress and boots. I wouldn't inflict my horrendous backside on anyone!!!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on August 04, 2012:

Trust me, I see the same look in the U.S. all the time. I am not just talking about skinny or average sized girls either. Sigh.

Thanks for linking my article. I appreciate it!

Rebecca on August 04, 2012:

Great article, if only more people would pay attention! Walking down any street in England, you're pretty much guaranteed to see a girl wearing poor quality, black leggings as if they were skinny jeans - normally with white underwear underneath which you can see all too much of. I hope you don't mind but I've linked to your article in one of my Hubs (10 Tips and Tricks to Help You Find Your Style).

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 30, 2012:

That is cool. :-) Thanks for sharing, Jazzy Cakes!

Jazzy Cakes from Montreal on April 30, 2012:

What I mean is that this is just the style with teenage girls today.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 29, 2012:

I suspect you and your classmates are really skinny and can get away with it to some degree. It still doesn't mean it is a good idea, but I see it everyday and appreciate you admitting you do it. Thanks for sharing.

Jazzy Cakes from Montreal on April 28, 2012:

On the contrary, girls at my school (although it might be for the reason that I am still a student) have worn leggings/jeggings and treated them as normal bottoms (so have I) I think there is nothing wrong with wearing leggings with normal shirts (in fact I've been doing it for a long time. I appreciate you views and opinions but it doesn't mean I'm going to stop. I think it looks really good :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 14, 2012:

I'm really happy I could help. If I can just change one life at a time with this hub, I feel good. I hope she takes your advice. Tunics were created for a reason. Thanks for dropping by!

Brandi Goodman from Holland, MI on March 14, 2012:

I definitely need to show this hub to my younger sister! She's 14 and she is one of those girls who wears leggings with short shirts and also wears jeggings as jeans. I tell her it looks ridiculous and she just won't listen to me. I'm showing her this for sure! Thanks for the humorous yet very informative read. :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 01, 2012:

Yes, Shaina, feel free to buy some leggings and just simply wear them the right way. Too many people are exposing the world to way too much! With a long shirt or tunic, leggings look great. Thanks for dropping by and happy I could help!

Shaina Rodriguez from Wisconsin on March 01, 2012:

You've done a very good job with this and I enjoyed reading! I've been meaning to get leggings but then I go to the mall and notice how horrible most of the girls make them look there. Now I know for sure that they aren't ment to be worn those ways. Thanks for letting me know I can wear leggings without joining the circus!!! =D

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 29, 2012:

Thanks! I am glad you think so. I can't believe some of the interesting looks I see when I am out. Even just a tag that says, "No one wants to see your butt; wear a tunic." attached to each pair of leggings might be enough. :-)

jenniferg78 from Philadelphia, PA on January 29, 2012:

this should be required reading attached to every pair of leggings sold world-wide! Great hub.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 27, 2012:

I am glad I inspired you to try them again with tunics. It can be a great look. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

BeautyAndTheRest on January 27, 2012:

Very useful !!! I stopped wearing them cuz i thought i looked really fat in them. After reading your article, i just want to get a proper tunic for them !! I want to buy more leggings yay !!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 26, 2012:

Thank you so much. I am glad you are on board with my mission, too. Everyone should wear leggings the correct way! Thank you for your support.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on January 26, 2012:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I hope people take your tips with them the next time they are out shopping for leggings. Get it right, ladies. Get it right. Print out Jeannieinabottle's tips and tape them to your full length mirror to make sure you follow the rules of leggings to a "T".

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 26, 2012:

You know the correct way to wear leggings! Thanks for sharing with everyone. That way, anyone that is in doubt can read how you wear them and do the same.

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on January 25, 2012:

I wear black leggings in the summer at times, but with long, stylish tops and nice accessories to match. I love them as they are comfortable and gives me freedom of movement.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 24, 2012:

Yes, I do think a warning label might help out people buying leggings. Maybe then they would understand how to wear them correctly. And no, you are not alone at all with your opinion on leggings... many agree with you. I do also agree with you on stores having more long top options. Sometimes I buy a long top, yet it shrinks after one wash!

Thanks for dropping by and sharing!

Jean-ette on January 24, 2012:

No wonder they go out of fashion. Maybe they should come attached with a warning! I can't believe the sights I see walking around the mall and even in the work place. Thanks for speaking up on this subject. I thought it was me not being open minded! It would be nice to have more long tops in the stores to choose from though.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 23, 2012:

Oh Jennifer, you've opened up a whole new subject. I've actually debated this myself as to whether yoga pants are leggings, and if so, do different rules apply to them? I have been known to wear yoga pants and not keep my rear end covered. Gasp! However, since they are thicker, I think this is more acceptable. I am honestly not sure. I am considering investigating this subject further for a future hub. Thanks for the vote up and for the comment!

Jennifer Essary from Idaho on January 23, 2012:

I guess I consider my yoga pants to be a part of the legging family. They're a staple for my around the house mommy look. I didn't wear many leggings when they were in fashion in the 80's and they're not any easier to find now. For them to be long enough I need a 35" inseam. A top that is long enough to cover my bottom is just as much trouble. I'll wear leggings under ski pants or around the house, but I do wear yoga pants to the grocery store sometimes. When you see people there in their mismatched pajamas and house shoes I don't feel like I've fallen too far off the fashion mark. Thanks for sharing your fashion tips. Voted up and sharing!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 23, 2012:

Thanks for the votes up! Leggings are so cute if worn the right way. Thanks for helping promote my hub. :-)

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 23, 2012:

Voted up up and up! I love leggings - my favorite look is my black leggings with ankle boots - long shirt and cute vest! I LOVE it!!

Plus 1 and tweeted!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 23, 2012:

Saiorse - Wow, thank you for being brave enough to admit you are one of the people that shows off without the tunic! It is not necessarily the panty lines that offends people though... it is the leaving nothing to the imagination part of it. Some things are just not meant to be seen by everyone. But thank you for stepping up and admitting you proudly wear your leggings without the long shirt. I see this look everyday, so I know there are people out there doing it.

Saiorse on January 22, 2012:

I hate to admit that I am old enough to have worn leggings, in the 1980's in high school. Back then, we never thought about pantylines, and I have to admit that I showed more than my share, in grey, and white leggings back then!!

With the fashion trends coming back to tight, unforgiving leggings, showing every little 'evil' bit of the chocolate that we adore, why hide all of the soft, cuddly parts, under tunics? My Fiancé loves when I wear tight leggings, with a visible pantyline!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 22, 2012:

I am happy you both agree. I am hoping to force everyone to wear leggings the right way so not to offend the public. Thanks for reading and for the comments!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on January 22, 2012:

Jeannieinabottle, Great legging tips! You have made some suggestions that will be helpful to many! Leggings are wonderful and can be "flattering" when worn tastefully... Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

L4 BYG from Essex on January 22, 2012:

Totally agree with your comments - leggings can be very flattering if worn the right way!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 22, 2012:

Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

m from New Zealand on January 22, 2012:

lol I found it amusing and I totally agree.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 19, 2012:

I am glad you are on board with me on this one. I believe improper use of leggings is what ruined the fad the first time around. They are so comfortable and it is a shame that people don't get it. Everyone must stop abusing the look and wear some long sweaters. My eyes can't take it much more! Thanks for dropping by!

imatellmuva from Somewhere in Baltimore on January 18, 2012:

HERE...HERE!!! My brother and I were discussing a campaign to ban skinny jeans; I added leggings to the ban because I am distraught nearly everytime I leave my house.

The fashion police needs to be ever present on this matter! What I've seen is downright undignified and uncivilized!

Thank you Jeannineianbottle for yet another high quality hub!!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on November 20, 2011:

Yes, I hope with this advice we can keep the leggings trend going. They are just so comfortable and affordable. I have seen some really scary leggings fashions out there. I suppose some people are not taking my advice. Thanks for reading and voting my hub up!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on November 20, 2011:

Great hub Jeannie and here's hoping it will give longer life to our wonderful and 'forgiving' leggings. I do agree with everything you have said about wearing leggings wrongly - omg the sights you see out on the street is vomit inducing!!! The sad part about it, is that I'm sure these women think they look good - but the opposite is true!!

A really wonderful hub + voted up!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on November 13, 2011:

Well, I am glad we agree on this. I was sure someone was going to insist wearing leggings without a tunic or dress is OK, but everyone is on the same page that comments. It is interesting that I still see folks doing this though. Maybe they are not reading this hub. :-) Thanks for the comment!

writingfrosh from Philippines on November 12, 2011:

I love leggings too, I wear them with long shirts, tunics or short dresses. Not that I wore leggings in the 80s (I'm just a baby in that decade), but I totally agree with you jeannie, I also don't like the fashion faux pas that comes with leggings - it is not nice to look at from all angles!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 04, 2011:

Well, at least the mystery is solved.

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on October 04, 2011:

Yes...yes I have...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 03, 2011:

Have you been wearing your hat as pants? That could be the problem.

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on October 03, 2011:

uh-oh indeed...what's worse...I now don't seem to have a proper hat...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 03, 2011:


ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on October 03, 2011:


Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 03, 2011:

Oh no! I am glad you read this hub then. I certainly hope you've at least been wearing the leggings as pants. I hope you did not mistaken them for a hat!

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on October 03, 2011:

Well...I am embarrassed to say that I have been wearing leggings all wrong. In fact, I'm pretty sure I was the cause of it's disappearance in the early 90s... Thank you for helping me put the right leg(ging) forward in this regard. did I ever manage prior to finding your Hubs??

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 30, 2011:

Thanks for reading and for sharing some leggings memories. I also had leggings back in the day and I still have a couple of pairs. I can even fit into to them; they just don't look exactly the same on me now. I would say they are not quite a flattering as they once were. Hehe.

Evita Andrianni from New Zealand on September 30, 2011:

Just recently got back into leggings.The last time I wore them was, well, when you said they were popular (too scared to say the year). And the only reason I've put them on was because I got myself couple of dresses which tend to "travel up my legs" and look a bit ...inappropriate.

I love your hub, made me travel back in time and gave me more courage to jump into my leggings. Yes, I loved the way you described stretchy leggings as forgiving!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 27, 2011:

Thanks for reading and for the comment. I really like leggings since they are very forgiving pants. You can gain or lose a few pounds, but they will just stretch along with you.

The Fastionista on September 27, 2011:

Great advice, Jeannie! Leggings can definitely be hard to grasp, but I think when they're worn properly they're a great option. Thanks for the Hub!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 21, 2011:

Yes, short shirts and leggings are not a good look. Most people agree with me on this subject, yet when I walked through the mall yesterday, I saw so many people with that look. I guess I just have to try to reach one person at a time. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

Injured lamb on September 20, 2011:

I never do that before with the short shirts and leggings together as I find it an uneasy and impolite way of match...thanks Jeannie for letting us to know more about legging...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 20, 2011:

I am shocked at how many people I see in public wearing short shirts and leggings together. It is usually not a pretty sight. You are right - leggings are intended for short dresses and sweater dresses. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment.

CennyWenny from Washington on September 20, 2011:

Thanks for the hub! I adore leggings, especially now that I'm pregnant again, but they are a way to make short dresses and sweater dresses work. I don't think I could even wear a short shirt and leggings around the house!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 20, 2011:

Yes, there are some things best left to the imagination. Thanks for the votes and the comment!

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on September 19, 2011:

I love my leggings and you have it right on! Leggings ARE for under tunics and long shirts! Thanks for a good hub filled with good advice! Voted up and useful!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 19, 2011:

Thanks for reading and for the comment!

LULU SUE1987 on September 19, 2011:

Great fashion advice, thanks.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 19, 2011:

Thanks... personally, I could live without Coach bags. Some of their shoes are cute though. Thanks for the comment!

freelifestyle on September 19, 2011:

Nice pants!!

There is also a beautiful bagCoach bag

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 17, 2011:

Yes, perhaps a famous actress then. You are allowed to be curvy if you are an actress. :-)

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on September 17, 2011:

Not likely to become a super model. lol! The poor girl is too endowed and curvy. They are all stick thin and boy straight. Maybe a famous actress.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 17, 2011:

That is a really good point. I am sure at that height it is tough finding something long enough for her. Maybe she will become a super model! But for now, yes, leggings are a must. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on September 16, 2011:

My daughter bought a dress(shirt) that was so short I wouldn't let her wear it without leggings. She is 5'10", just 14 and has a hard time finding dresses long enough. She now has a colorful variety of leggings. She is allowed to wear the dress(shirt).

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 15, 2011:

Thank you for your comment!

exinco from Malaysia on September 14, 2011:

leggings was another body art

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 12, 2011:

Thank you for your comment and thanks for using the word "tush." I was trying to think of a nicer word than "butt" for this hub, but "tush" never occurred to me. That is way nicer!

Sorry to hear about your accident. That is horrible! I hope you are doing OK now.

Thanks for the comment!

AutumnJo from WI(Formerly IL, formerly PA) on September 12, 2011:

This is a great hub! I completely agree with you: Cover the tush!

I used to be a weightlifter/body builder from ages 14-22 until I broke my hip (my pelvis was split literally in half) in July 2010 when a machine malfunctioned and crashed down on me. Since then my once firm and toned body has gotten a little mushy... but the leggings are forgiving of that!

If I go out I ALWAYS have a long tunic on, or a longer sweater (sweater dress) with a thick belt in the middle. It allows me to keep a feminine look while still covering up. They are a true asset in the closet if worn right!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 12, 2011:

This hub has turned out to be much more popular than I anticipated. A lot of women have strong opinions about leggings. I do know what you mean about jeggings vs. skinny jeans confusion. When I went to put the Amazon ads up, there was a pair of skinny jeans being advertised as jeggings. I changed the keywords a bit and fixed it. I can't confuse readers like that! I am trying to help the leggings wearers of the world, not confuse them. Thanks for the vote up!

Veronica from New York on September 12, 2011:

So many people need to read this hub! I will say though that a lot of companies are calling things jeggings that really are skinny jeans. I have a pair from Levi that have denim and are thick, even hang like jeans but Levi says they are jeggings...but even so I still wear with shirts that hang. I typically wear babydoll and loose fitting shirts ANYWAY so I always follow this rule. Voted up!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 12, 2011:

Oh dear! I suppose when it's put like that, maybe some gals should stay away. But once again, if they bought the correct size, I am optimistic they could make it work. But then again, maybe I am not witnessing what you are seeing. Leggings are so cute, but there is so much leggings abuse! Thanks for reading and for your comment.

Angie Jardine from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... on September 12, 2011:

A timely hub, Jeannie ... but I really do think that there are girls out there who should not wear leggings under any circumstances.

Sadly they do not realise this and think that a tunic makes it all right. To them I would say ... 'If every seam is under intense strain, stay away from the leggings and tunic combo. You have been warned!'

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 12, 2011:

Thank you both for your comments. Leggings and jeggings have become so popular. They really do look flattering when worn the right way.

Emma from UK on September 12, 2011:

OI. I like Jeggings missus.My legs are the only skinny part on me, lol.

I am usually found in my jeans though. Great hub, made me laugh very much.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on September 12, 2011:

Hi Jeannie, Leggings are so popular here in the UK, everybody is wearing them! Like Cloverleaf I have never worn them out before, because I too felt self conscious!

Great hub and voting up and useful.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 11, 2011:

There is no need to feel self-conscious. Now you can go out there in public and wear leggings wherever you go. Well, maybe not everywhere, but you get the idea. Thanks for the comment and the votes!

Louise Fiolek from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 11, 2011:

Great fashion advice, Jeannie! I've always stuck to only wearing leggings around the house, mostly just because they are comfy. I think I've always been afraid of wearing them outdoors because I feel self-conscious!!! But now I know how to wear them properly, so thank you! UP/useful


Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 11, 2011:

Thank you both for the comments and the votes. And yes, there are girls who wear tights as if they are leggings. Since the feet are not cut out, they are not fooling anyone. Maybe more people commit fashion crimes in Baltimore than other cities. It is scary!

rachealomack from levittown, NY on September 11, 2011:

Voted Up, makes me want to go out and buy some leggings. :)