I'm just going to get this off my chest now: Leggings are not pants.
There, I actually feel better. I don't want to sound bitchy, like I'm the fashion police or anything, but I've kind of lived with that one for a while. Trust me, I work in a high school where teenage girls seem to have an unwritten uniform consisting of black leggings.
Don't get me wrong. I own leggings. I wear leggings...to the gym. So when I read this Refinery 29 article which boasted 6 different ways to make leggings look really good, I had two reactions.
The first was there's no way to make leggings look good! But the next was hmmm, Refinery 29 must think that leggings can look really bad, too!
Nevertheless, I think what I need to say about this all-too-important topic is that whatever you do, make sure to wear leggings as they were intended. As a layer. Not as pants. If you notice, all these outfits share one thing in common: the leggings are styled with tops that are longer, or under sweaters, blazers or coats that are longer.
Or heck, in this last outfit as gym attire! That's because, people, your butt doesn't really look good in leggings, even if you have a perky, skinny one. And for goodness sakes, if you're going to wear leggings, please do the squat test. What I mean by that is, when you try them on, squat in front of a mirror so you can see if the fabric thins out. You don't want people to actually be able to see your underwear or worse, your butt crack. That's not flattering. And in a high school, it is actually distracting.
I'm going to end this post knowing full well that I sound old and crusty. So be it. I've just been waiting for this trend to pass, but knowing what I do about vintage clothing and recurring trends, it will probably come back.
*All pictures from Refinery 29