The Proper Way to Wear Leggings (With Long Shirts!)
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 the about the proper way to wear leggings. It could save us all!
Cover It Up!
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.
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, 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
Have you ever worn leggings in public with a short shirt?
© 2011 Jeannie Marie