From see-through to too-tight, leggings, while so comfortable, can be a fashion disaster for even the most put-together of us. What used to be the skirt-legging look has now evolved into the shirt-legging look, which begs the question: are leggings pants? Can they ever be pants?
I’ve decided to put together an easy-to-use flowchart to show you exactly when leggings are and are not appropriate to wear as pants.
But in all seriousness, there are times where you can wear leggings as pants and times you cannot. Times you can are when:
- The leggings are not see-through. The last thing you need is everyone seeing all of your business every time you bend over or the sun shines on you.
- You have appropriate undergarments. Some leggings aren’t see-through but show panty lines. Wear appropriate underwear as to avoid this awkwardness. Victoria’s Secret has come out with a new line of “cheeky” underwear which are supposed to hide panty lines while still being more comfy than stringy alternatives.
- They actually make your butt look good. Some leggings, depending on the material and the shape of your butt, actually make your backside look flat (see “pancake 😦 ” above). There is no sense in wearing such leggings as pants, as they aren’t flattering. Avoid.
- The occasion is appropriate. Leggings may function as pants sometimes, but they are NEVER dress pants. Ever. A tunic and leggings can be trendy, but leggings are meant to be casual, not business casual.
What are your thoughts on the leggings v. pants debate?