James Perse leggings
Inhabit NY cashmere cardigan (a couple years old)
Rag & Bone Harrow booties
Francesco Biasia Brooke tote (courtesy of Forzieri – see my review and enter to win your own here!)
That is my “of course they’re not!” face. Indeed, “Are leggings pants?” is a rhetorical question because they are absolutely not pants. And I honestly thought that there was a somewhat shaky general consensus on that, but then I saw Shopbop’s new leggings lookbook today and lo and behold, they’re featuring leggings as pants. When did that happen? To clarify, when I say leggings aren’t pants, I mean that they should never be worn in such a way that your BUTT (and preferably a couple inches below) is visible. There’s nothing wrong with leggings, but I prefer to think of them as a layering piece; with a dress or a long tank top/t-shirt and/or a long cardigan/sweater/jacket/trenchcoat over.
But then again, I do not have the body to wear leggings under any circumstance. This “outfit” was just an experiment, just to see if I could do it. And I won’t wear this out in public, although I’m VERY tempted for this to be my travel outfit to Amsterdam (just swapping out the boots with these TOMS). It’s incredibly comfortable and I’m sure I’d be so cozy on the plane, but I couldn’t do it – I’ll wear jeans instead. That is all to say that I get the appeal of leggings – they’re more comfortable than tights and can be cuter with the right shoes, but they’re a slippery slope because they’re also a bit thicker than tights, and it’s tempting to think that – unlike with tights – you don’t have to cover your BUTT when you wear them.
Quite possibly I’m in the minority here, because I see leggings as pants ALL the time – I’ve even had the unfortunate experience of seeing WHITE leggings as pants at least twice. Granted, leggings are different now, and many are thick enough and “pants-like” enough to sometimes pass as pants, but not all. I’d honestly like to see a “leggings are not pants” fashion rule, like the “no white after labor day” rule so it becomes more ingrained in our style-consciousness, but you know what they say about fashion rules…they’re made to be broken…
What say you? Are leggings pants? How do you wear leggings?