09 November 2017


People have feelings about leggings as pants.

Strong feelings- like, don't talk about politics, religion, or leggings at family holiday dinners.

And it's not just feelings about leggings as pants, but leggings in general.

There's the pearl clutching, covering their husband's and son's eyes (because heaven forbid they exercise some form of self control) sort of feelings.

And the "so long as her shirt covers her butt and is loose enough to not warrant pearl clutching and eye covering" sort of feelings.

I know this is true because I've read more than a few blog posts shaming leggings and the women who choose to wear them.

Then, on the other side, we have the feelings of those who swear by leggings, those who live in leggings, and those who search high and low for the perfect pair of leggings as evidenced by the "Best black leggings under $99!" posts.

Personally, I prefer leggings. It's a combination of needing to run after little kids all day/becoming irritable after wearing jeans for longer than six hours/thicker thighs and butt that has me buying them more and more. (If you're wondering, my favorite pair is from Costco and less than $20. Sorry, no affiliate link.)

Why do I bring this up?

Because it's sweater weather. Like, legitimately.

We're past the false alarm that was September/early October. We're no longer wearing a sweater in the morning like dressing for autumn is our damn job, just to be sweating by noon.

Hallelujah, we're now in the safe zone of sweaters, boots, and what do we wear with sweaters and boots?

Ding ding ding- leggings would be one correct answer.

With the pitchforks that come from some at the sight of leggings as pants, it's an answer that needs some defending, and I'm feeling like doing just that.

So here it is.

I'm not going to appeal to any high moral ground.

I'm not going to attempt to deconstruct any "modesty" argument (not today, anyway).

I'm not going to tell you why men are capable of respecting women regardless of what they are, or aren't, wearing.

I'm just going to leave it at this:

Leggings can function as pants, whether a woman has a booty or not.

Leggings are acceptable with sweaters, even if the sweater isn't knee length.

You're going to see a lot of women wearing leggings out and about.

If you have a problem with it, kindly fuck off.

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