Legging • noun • \ˈle-gi\ng
1. A covering for the leg, usually extending from the ankle to the knee but sometimes higher, worn by soldiers, riders, workers, etc, for their profession.
2. Close-fitting knit pants.
Tights • noun • \tahyts
1. A skin-tight, one piece garment for the lower part of the body and the legs, now often made of stretch fabric, originally worn by dancers, acrobats, gymnasts, etc.
2. A leotard with legs and, sometimes, feet.
As a disclaimer, I will state that I do not have anything against leggings or tights. In fact, they can be quite nice when worn in the proper situation.
But leggings are not pants. And tights are not leggings. Period.
Leggings were meant to be worn with long tops and skirts, as long as those tops and skirts are long enough to cover your butt if you were to bend over and touch your toes for instance. But as of late the “cover the butt” rule has become a lot more lax where individuals are now wearing leggings as long as their butt is covered…barely by a t-shirt.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Somehow, with the rise of people entering the public domain with nothing more than leggings and a shirt on, some inane fashion logic was created (by someone either blind, vicious, or both) wherein wearing tights as leggings/pants is also ok. Note to all the readers: THIS IS NOT OKAY, NOR WILL IT EVER BE OKAY.
Leggings are barely decent as they are already, but at least the majority of them are completely opaque. Tights on the other hand, tend to be very transparent, even when they are opaque in nature. Now I think it is important to be able to express yourself through your own sense of fashion but unless you’re going for the gaudy and trashy look, you’re doing it wrong. It doesn’t make you look edgy. It doesn’t make you look fashionable. It just makes you look like you forgot to put the rest of your outfit on.
To the misfortune of many, when you wear leggings or tights as pants, you are revealing to others much more than your tacky taste in apparel. For example, if the indentation of your butt crack can be seen from one New York avenue block away, you probably should not be wearing paper-thin fabric as pants. Sorry ladies, but no one wants to see your lumpy butt and camel toe.
I have even seen a few men wearing this look. FYI- this is as bad as skinny jeans, fellas. We’re not in the middle ages when men wore hose and a ridiculous codpiece. I don’t want to experience Renn Faire on the street. Nay, nay I say, Sir. Leggings are not for you.
So please, wear some pants. Or a long top. Or a dress. Or a skirt. Anything. Any of these will ensure you leave with a dignified cute and non-hooker look. And while it’s good that are comfortable with your body and like the way you look, remember- we don’t care.
Now put some godd*mn pants on.
Garb-ology: \’ga:rb\a:le-ji The study of fashion around the globe from couture to downright heinous. The Garb-ologist’s focus is not to break the bounds of fashion but to slap some sense into the rest of the 99% (the non supermodel peons) who are in dire need of a fashion dope slap.