Can leggings be worn as pants–or should they be saved for 80’s workout videos?
The 80’s were a time the of Sony Walkmen, Duran Duran, and leggings. Leggings were a big fashion statement during the 80’s, with a very important distinction compared to today–they were a replacement for pants.
The leggings-as-pants trend has been going on for quite some time and has drifting “in” and “out” of the fashion scene over the last 5-9 years. In the mid-2000s, they were worn mostly under jean skirts, so girls could keep on the Abercrombie-and-Fitch trend even in colder weather. Leggings have evolved (or devolved?) into their own entity–it is now fairly socially acceptable to wear leggings as pants.
The appeal to leggings is clear–the product is not only cheaper than pants, they tend to fit all body types and are more comfortable. But is a thin layer of a cotton-polyester blend enough to count as ‘pants’? “Sometimes if I’m wearing a long shirt or a tunic, I wear leggings as pants,” said sophomore Robyn Schmitz. “I don’t know how girls do it otherwise–I just feel uncomfortable.” The Huffington Post published an article on the leggings from a male perspective here.
The leggings trend has birthed a possibly more controversial article of clothing–the ‘jegging’. Jeggings are leggings that have a jean-like look printed onto them. Many women and men prefer jeggings to jeans because you get all the benefits of a well-fitting ‘jean’ without the cost. “You just kind of assume they’re going to fit, unlike actual jeans,” says sophomore Lori Dargis. “You don’t have to try them on because of the spandex and they’re cheaper.” Jeggings are incredibly deceptive, it turns out. “I can’t always tell which is which,” said Dargis. “I really have no idea until I read the laundry tag.”
Due to “freedom” given by the American government, it does not seem as though the trend is going to be ousted for good any time soon. If you would like to join the trend, you can learn how to wear leggings the ‘right’ way by clicking this link.