Pretty, Polished, Perfect.: Day 2: Are Leggings Pants?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day 2: Are Leggings Pants?

No.  They aren't.  See this post on meggings for a quick laugh (or at least a smile.)

My rule of thumb is this:  Proportion is everything.  Incorrect proportions can make you too tall, short, or wide, too thin or too fat, pear shaped and sometimes upside-down pear shape (is there a name for that shape?)  Also, your pants should never be see-through, even if you are wearing a thong; don't ever forget the LuluLemon fiasco.  

Let's use the lovely pants and leggings from J. Crew:

And this:

Back to proportion.  Straight lines cut you in half, and the visual effect is never appealing.  Our bodies have shapes and fluid (but not straight) lines.  You can't do harsh architectural lines unless you have a stiff garment that holds its' shape (away from the body.) 

Simply ways to avoid these unflattering lines?  Pair the straight hem of a t-shirt or sweater with the curved hem of a button down or tunic (see above.)  Tuck a little piece of the shirt into the waistband or belt of your pants to break up the line, or leave it un-tucked in the back.  Baggy tops are best proportioned with curve-hugging pants (or leggings when appropriate.)  Skin-tight tops look fine with bottoms that have some weight - like denim (even skinny jeans - but no one should own a pair of jeggings, I'm sorry.)  Flowy, full maxi-skirts look best paired with a fitted top.  Baggy tops, baggy bottoms - hard to pull off.  Skin-tight everything?  Only in ballet.

My favorite way to wear a knit pant?

and a legging:

The debate:
Should leggings (or knit pants resembling leggings) be worn as pants?

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At October 2, 2013 at 6:00 AM , Anonymous Chelsea said...

My general rule of thumb is if the top you are wearing covers your bottom, then it's acceptable but in general it depends on the pair of leggings.

At October 2, 2013 at 10:57 AM , Anonymous Catherine said...

I think it depends on the leggings, the body, and the overall vibe of the outfit. I've seen people wear leggings as pants and look cute, while other people have ended up looking trashy or just plain gross.

At October 2, 2013 at 11:37 AM , Anonymous ChasingDavies said...

Leggings are never pants! Even those stick skinny girls, still is dangerous. Maybe can get away with a shorter tunic or something... but not exactly as pants!

At October 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM , Anonymous Julie Blanner said...

I LOVE this! I never thought about breaking up a straight line. Great tips!


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