True Confessions: I Wear Leggings as Pants (and So Can You)

As schools all over the United States are starting to crack down on students for wearing yoga pants, and more importantly, leggings as pants, I decided it was time for me to confess that I, like the young students, enjoy wearing leggings as pants and don’t plan on giving that up any time soon.

Now, before you stop reading, I must distinguish the right way way to wear leggings as pants from the wrong way. In short, you can wear leggings as pants if the your top (or dress) covers your behind and mid-section. You can also wear leggings as pants if the leggings are not skin tight, but just fitting. . With that said, here are four situations in which you should and should not swap out a regular pant for the form-fitting legging.

Wanna Wear Leggings as Pants? Here are Tips!

Depending on your tastes, you might call what Lindsay is wearing either a shirt or a dress. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to note where her shirt/dress falls in relation to her leggings. Her top also covers her bottom, which is an essential rule for wearing leggings as pants. You’re welcome.

Beyonce‘s got the right idea. Although her blazer and top do not cover her mid section, Her leggings are not so tight that you can see every imprint over her body. Instead they are tapered nicely from the hips down. Although leggings should fit tight, you should be able to pinch the material off your skin as you are wearing them. If you cannot, then it is an indicator that your leggings are probably too tight.

Kim Kardashian doesn’t have the winning look this time around. The spandex material is hugging her curves a little too light, and to top it off, they’re see-through. If you’re going to wear your leggings as pants, make sure they are opaque.

Mariah Carey‘s leggings fit well, except  for the tight part in the front. Although there aren’t too many ways toa void camel toe, you can again, make sure your leggings aren’t too tight for your skin. You can also invest in an underwear insert like the Cuchini that was created to disguise camel toe so public mishaps like this one won’t happen.

The whole point of this post was to inspire you to wear leggings as pants, while maintaining your class. Next time you wear leggings as pants, you’ll look fabulous, as long as you remember how to wear them the right way and avoid the embarrassment that they can potentially cause if you wear them incorrectly. After all, leggings are too comfy to give up—so why should we?

If you need some help choosing the right leggings, check out this leggings guide for 2017!


For some updated advice on how to wear leggings check our this article – How to Wear Leggings as Pants After 50



Martha-Raye is a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Environmental Studies. She loves fashion and music, especially eco-fashion. In her spare time, she sews, works out, and snuggles up with Netflix.

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