The Great Leggings Debate of 2009

There have been a lot of great debates in our history: the Presidential debates that grace us with their presence every four years (and are then parodied on Saturday Night Live in hilarious fashion), the age-old evolution vs. creation debate (everyone has to remember reading Inherit the Wind in high school), and the argument over the correct pronunciation of “tomato”. But a recent debate has cropped up over the legitmacy of leggings as pants. In one corner, we have the pro-leggings folks, who believe that leggings alone without a long sweater, dress or skirt count as pants. In the other corner, there are the anti-leggings individuals, who, like me, are firmly against the usage of leggings as single pants entities. In my opinion–and I’m about to make a sweeping and grandiose statement so get ready–leggings are the most controversial item of clothing that exists in this world.

Now let me provide some evidentiary support to back up my claim that leggings are the most controversial clothing item we have in our closets. Certain pieces of clothing can NEVER be considered pants, such as tights. There is no instance when you can make a claim that tights equal pants–it’s a black and white situation. However, there are certain scenarios when leggings can be completely acceptable as pants (yes, I did just say that…pick up your jaws I’m not finished making my point yet). Here are a few examples:

1. Workout gear. It can be more comfortable in legging-style clothes, and I can roll with that.

2. Leggings worn with a skirt or dress on top. Completely acceptable.

3. Leggings with a long sweater or shirt on top (keyword LONG).

However, the aforementioned examples are not the way that most girls are interpreting the use of leggings. Instead, they wear them with short shirts or sweaters, so that their asses are very clearly outlined for the world to see. Leggings were absolutely a staple in my middle school wardrobe (I still to this day don’t know what the hell I was thinking), but they were worn with oversized shirts that may or may not have been adorned with oversized prints, bows, and were cinched to the side with neon pink clips. But hey, that was the ’90s for you and I am not apologizing!

The problem with accepting leggings alone as pants is that I would feel naked. There is a very thin layer of fabric separating your bare ass from the outside environment. Maybe I don’t want my ass to have that much exposure to the elements. Maybe I prefer to keep it more subdued, behind the closed doors of jeans or a skirt/dress of proper length. Maybe all these girls just love their asses and feel completely comfortable showing them off in a pair of leggings. Maybe modesty is a thing of the past. Besides, I won’t even get into the very real potential of having a camel toe issue as a result of wearing leggings as pants…

What do you think? Are you pro- or anti-leggings as pants? The reality is leggings are back from the ’90s with a vengeance, and they’re not going away anytime soon. I must accept this. But you can have your cake and eat it too; you can wear leggings in an acceptable fashion and you don’t have to call a strike against them completely. My advice to you, girls of the world, is wear your leggings with class. More class, less ass.

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One Comment on “The Great Leggings Debate of 2009”


  1. […] it is my belief that the same rules that govern the utilization of leggings should apply (see The Great Leggings Debate of 2009 for rules, exceptions to rules, and overall frivolity). Just because these hybrid pants are adorned […]


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