leggings are not pants. but gosh, they are comfortable.

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Today, in lessons of thou shall never say never:

Once upon a time — when my closet was filled with pencil skirts, Express Editors, stilettos and all other manner of 9 to 5 attire — I put my nose in the air and proclaimed, “I will never wear leggings out of the house!” I relegated them to loungewear and workout gear; which means I mostly just wore them while lounging because I don’t work out enough to need gear.

Cut to present, and I can’t think of anything I’d rather pull on for a crazy day of running around the flower shop than some soft stretchy leggings, a long [read: bum-covering] tunic or sweater, and flats. If 23-year old corporate Keira could see me now, she’d shake her head in shame.

However, I’m still adamant that I will never leave the house wearing leggings as pants. See: Am I Wearing Pants?

Wearing: LC Lauren Conrad top; Simply Vera Vera Wang denim leggings; Op floral cami (Wal-Mart), Bucco boots and Romeo & Juliet Couture handbag (both via Hautelook)

41 Comments

  1. I live in leggings! =)

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  2. I could not imagine a world without leggings!!!

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  3. I think jeggings are just fine to leave the house in, especially when you cover up your “stuff”. The worst is when I see a girl – whether she has a fabulous body or not – wearing super tight, thin black leggings with a short top showing all her girly glory. It’s just not right.

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    1. Agreed, Liz!! You gotta cover up all the biz-ness.

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    2. I agree and horse hips just do not fit into super slim leggings. Nothing more offensive for the public forced to view.
      I wouldnt be without my leggings. My older ones i keep for pyjamas along with long sleeved tunic tops,the newer ones i wear outside and in. A good quality pair for outside though!

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  4. Gosh! they are! But you gotta be careful because they are so comfortable and you will never wanna wear jeans and when you find out later that you have put on some lbs. :( (NOT meant for you at all, YOU look Beautiful. This was ME )

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    1. Ha, I totally get this! One of the sneaky tricks of stretchy bottoms ;-)

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  5. LOVE your bag!!! xo

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  6. Thank you for wearing leggings the right way, as in with long tops. I love leggings too, but can’t stand when people wear them as pants!

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  7. Yeah true… never say never when its about fashion.. coz you never know when that fads gonna be a trend soon…

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  8. This whole ensemble is cute

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  9. Love your outfit, it does look comfy! I agree with you, I can’t stand people wearing leggings (especially if they’re the super thin ones!) as pants.. it’s just, ugh!! No matter how thick your leggings are, I can’t see them as pants ever – or at least if you go outside with it. I got a friend that’s infamous for wearing leggings as pants but despite my advice and so many others, she still wears them as pants when we go out :(

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  10. I love leggings. Best thing ever invented for us girlies. X

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  11. Preach! I love that you wrote about this, because I am in full support of the leggings are not pants campaign

    Kathleen of whenjmetk.com

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  12. leggings are the best! just as long as you wear them with the right clothes

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  13. the thing with leggings is you’ll never want to put on real pants again…just saying.

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    1. Ain’t that the truth. It’s a slippery slope ;-)

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  14. As long as you’re covering your business (like you are here), you are A-OK! No judgment from me!

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life

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  15. I have loved leggings since the first time they were cool and even more so now! Must be the former figure skater in me!

    A new cold weather outfit post is up on Local & Opulent. Hopefully there won’t be too many more days that I will need my giant scarf!

    http://localandopulent.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/lionorlamb/

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  16. I wear leggings as pants with long shirts and dresses. Being a teacher requires stretch.

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  17. Amen sister! I totally agree! I also said “No never”! Being a danceteacher it just seemed as going out in dancepants… However…loooves comfy fashion!!!

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  18. Reblogged this on tamvelina and commented:
    We feel you! leggings are super comfortable even though some people dislikes this kind of outfit, but then again, if it fits your personality and you feel confident with it, then go for it! viva legging!

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  19. At least they aren’t pajama jeans! XO

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    1. LOL! If you ever catch me in those, please stage an intervention.

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  20. As long as your bum is covered I think it’s fine! It drives me nuts when girls wear them as pants with a little baby tshirt. It drives me even more nuts when you can see right through them!
    Jenn
    With Luck

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  21. I love leggings and i have to admit, i have been borderline on the leggings as pants.. as long as crotch is covered and they are not see through i think its safe!! very cute tunic though, i love the blue ruffles!!
    http://www.citystylecountrysmile.com

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  22. Who cares what anyone says, you look great in those leggings! I’ve fallen guilty to wearing them as pants, but sometimes I just can’t help it. It’s so easy and comfy.

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  23. Reblogged this on Haute Mom Living and commented:
    Agreed!

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  24. AWESOME!
    I like the way you were dressed! So casual and modern at the same time!

    http://alexandrainwonderland1.wordpress.com/

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  25. I must say I am guity of wearing leggings as pants, but everyone else where I live wears them that way. As long as they’re not see through I don’t see anything wrong with wearing them with a normal length top. After getting rid of all my uncomfortable jeans I have to wear leggings 24/7 and I love them.

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  26. Ive said that soooo many times (once very loudly in front of a girl currently wearing leggings, which I swear was an accident) but I am on the verge of adding them to my daily rotation.

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    1. Part of me says, “don’t do it,” because you’ll never want to put on a pair of real pants again ;-)

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      1. Just go for it. My daughter bought me a pair of leggings and I laughed and said I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing them things. When I was alone I started wearing them around the house and eventually out to do small errands and now I wear them every where. Once your confident it becomes second nature just to through on a pair of leggings and your good for the day. Leggings are so comfortable that I hate when I have to dress for special occassions because I never want to put real pants on.

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  27. You are such an inspiration :)
    you gave me an idea for my next outfit :)

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  28. […] dresses are the spring/summer equivalent of leggings: comfy, easy, and next-best-thing-to-pajamas. I found this one on sale at Kohl’s yesterday […]

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  29. HAAHAHHA I love the Am I Wearing Pants Flowchart. Amazing.

    {K}

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  30. Regan

    I absolutely HATE this trend! I am a high school student, and all I see is girls wearing skin tight leggings as “pants”. They’re NOT pants and the the only way I ever wear leggings is with a skirt or a dress over them, and a decent length one at that! What parents would let their teenage daughter wear leggings as pants to school? Shoot, if I ever tried to wear leggings as pants my parents would tell me to get my butt back inside and put some freaking clothes on! That just looks nasty and attention seeking. It is totally inappropriate!

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    1. I am sorry but I have to disagree with your comments that leggings are not pants. Leggings are the only pants that I own and other than special occassions I wear leggings everyday. Look around you everybody owns, wears leggings and most wear them as pants. How can so many people be wrong? Who would wear a skirt or dress over pants unless you are still in grade school. Be carefull, if you do try wearing a pair of leggings you may get hooked on how comfortable they are.

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    2. I agree that leggings are not pants!!! They do no look appropriate as pants nor do they look attractive as pants! But the way you have them here looks really nice.

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  31. That’s the way I wear my leggings so they look really nice.

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  32. […] + Oak cocoon sweater. It called to me from the rack: big chunky knit, neutral color, long enough to cover my butt in leggings; checkity-check-check. When I tried it on and got the nod of approval from my girl, Lisa, it was a […]

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