December 22, 2015

When you wear leggings as pants, Tim Gunn can read your mind.

"That's the thing about overly casual dressing. It says: 'I don't give a rat's ass about anything.'"

ADDED: Here in Madison, Wisconsin, in the UW campus area, the young women are out-and-proud with the leggings-as-pants look. Nobody seems to remember the old days when you at least felt that you needed some kind of tunic-length top. The full length of legging is exposed, exactly as if leggings were pants. There's no reticence, no sense that this is out there or daring or maybe it's okay if the leggings are really thick and there's some sort of stitched-on pocket-and-placket imagery. I am seeing full-on Leggings Are Pants true believers.

50 comments:

Carol said...

All the women's clothes are so casual now. I can't find a thing appropriate for work. It's all jeans, trashy logos and look-at-me!!! tops. Does no one have to work anymore?

Fernandinande said...

That's the thing about fashion. It says: 'I'm concerned with superficial impressions and tend to be a follower.'

rhhardin said...

When it's below 45F, put on sweat pants over your Bermudas.

walter said...

Better than guys wearing shorts. Now..because of "moderation"..this comment might be one of many other shorts comments.
But you know..back in Eritrea, that would be a sign for me to just take one or two of these young ladies.

Jake said...

"I am seeing full-on Leggings Are Pants true believers."

And vulvas.

FleetUSA said...

Jake the euphemism is camel toes.

Nemo Maximus said...

A humorous take from your Northern Neighbors.

Tights are not Pants. The situation is resolved when the women find out what men think of the situation.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/irrelevantshow/irrelevant-show-june-4-2015-1.3096480/tights-are-not-pants-1.3096492

JAORE said...

About a hundred years, and nearly as many pounds, ago, I was a fair to middlin' runner. Many of the young, fit women I ran with in Hotlanta wore thin tights as their cooler weather clothing of choice.

Good times, good times.

Hagar said...

Longjohn bottoms?

blogstupidgirl said...

I wear leggings as pants. But I buy them a size too large and in a slightly heavier knit than the usual legging--so they actually look like skinny pants--non clingy. Like Tom Ford, I can't stand the balloon-dog look that many women display--with their rear end (and often not the most attractive rear end)in full view, which is what you get with cheap, tight, shiny leggings. The very worst leggings of all are the ones in the psychedelic prints that women with the very worst figures seem to favor: florals, fake tie-dye, "Northern lights," etc. But if you buy your leggings big,in dark solid colors, and in a good brand (Athleta, J-Jill, Donna Karan, etc.), you can look very elegant.

Livermoron said...

I was hoping you would opine on the misuse of 'reticent' in the article.
But I am reluctant to say anything more.

blogstupidgirl said...

Oh, sorry, that's Tim Gunn, not Tom Ford. Gunn, by the way, has great taste

Tom said...

You need a Leggings as Pants tag - it's not going away. As a red blooded American male, I'm not really complaining.

Birkel said...

It's not the minds that are easy to read.

Brando said...

This was foretold, when oversized house slippers (Ugg boots) became widely worn in the streets. Standards have been punctured, and now nothing holds up.

Meanwhile, I'm fighting for a pants-free America. One day we shall reign triumphant!

Curious George said...

"I am seeing full-on Leggings Are Pants true believers."

Me too. Sometimes appreciated. Mostly not.

Jason said...

The camel's toe is inside the tent.

sean said...

What's odd is that increasingly revealing female clothing is coupled with increasing female obesity. The result is somewhat revolting.

With males, we have the opposite: increasingly baggy and more encompassing clothing coupled with increasing obesity. The men at least are making sense.

DougWeber said...

As a man, all I can say is "Thank God, I live in a universe where young women believe leggings are pants!"

walter said...


Blogger Curious George said...
Me too. Sometimes appreciated. Mostly not.
--
Yep. Some things are best kept under wraps..

B said...

Leggings as pants is sexually provocative. And young people don't have the maturity to dole out sexuality in moderation.

mrs.e said...

Tim Gunn - thanks for sharing.

MadisonMan said...

My daughter wears them -- at work even. I say "Leggings aren't pants" but what daughter her age listens to a parent?

She wears long sweaters, though, and (I think) an apron at work.

SukieTawdry said...

Leggings aren't considered pants in Thailand and you will need to cover them when entering certain of its temples.

madAsHell said...

Yeah..I'm going to listen to the guy wearing a pin stripe suit with a plaid shirt, and paisley tie revolving around a lavender motif.

chillblaine said...

Often when women wear leggings, I can read their lips.

Just Mike said...

It's full on Leggings Are Pants all the way down.

Clayton Hennesey said...

Here in Dallas, especially in a wealthy enclave known as the Park Cities one often sees the mothers of young women (themselves frequently wearing expensive jeans) wearing leggings as pants. Reasons for this are no doubt manifold, all having to do with young women.

Especially poignant are those moments, not of obesity, but when exceptionally disciplined dieting has left the leggings not fully clinging to the 50-something's legs, as if she were her own pre-teen daughter trying on her mother's stockings.

William said...

I'm ok with coeds wearing yoga pants. Youth's a thing that will not last.. The pantsuit phase lasts forever.

damikesc said...

I don't get it. They cannot handle unwanted comments on their appearance, yet wear attire seemingly designed to get them unwanted comments and attention.

Birkel said...

Jason wins the internets.
Everybody else quit trying.

Sal said...

Maybe we can gauge how bad rape culture is on campus by how much butt the women show off.

eric said...

This has been going on here in Seattle for at least 5 years now. Probably longer. I thought it was happening nationwide. Then I had a friend visit from the East Coast and he saw all these women wearing leggings as pants and was blown away. Then I realized it was a Seattle thing.

I guess it's caught on.

BobM said...

Aren't leggings the same as pantyhose? And, aren't pantyhose just underwear? Forgive my cluelessness about the leggings trend, but what do these women wear under the underwear that is now outerwear? And, will the clothing under the underwear become outerwear at some later date?

Bob R said...

The way I dress expresses my utter rejection of the world Tim Gunn inhabits. I care deeply about that.

Oclarki said...

Women must believe showing off their camel toes and every dimple and curve of a well sculpted ass aren't sexual at all. Who am I to argue?

Roughcoat said...

Is Tim Gunn gay? I suspect he is gay.

readering said...

Tim Gunn probably thought that about blue jeans at one time. I know my dad did.

ken in tx said...

Pics, where are the pics?

dustbunny said...

In science fiction movies and comic illustrations of the 50s both men and women of the future wore leggings or leotards as pants. So it seems we are living in the future.
I live in Spain and leggings as pants is very popular, they like to wear them very tight, with heels. My husband is quite fascinated by the phenomena.

Mark said...

Prepare for more on campus, most of my female students (high school) wear black leggings every day of the week.

It's better than sweatpants, IMO.

SayAahh said...

Next: Hillary Rodham Clinton in leggings.
Next: Bernie in cargo shorts.
Next: Ted in cowboy chaps.
Next: Marco in a Guayabera.
Next: Ben in scrubs.
Next: Jeb in his mother's apron
Next: Donald in a Speedo.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

I'll just keep posting these.

The Problem With Jeggings

The Problem With Jeggings Continue

Even More Problems With Jeggins

Ann Althouse said...

Just noticing that I did already have a "leggings" tag.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

OpenID blogstupidgirl said... Gunn, by the way, has great taste.

See, as far as critiquing other fashions I'm sure that's true, but if you've watched the last few seasons of Project Runway and paid attention to his tie knots and shirt-coat pattern selection....well, I have my doubts now is all I'm sayin'.

Char Char Binks said...

Jeggings are still ok, right?

Henry said...

From the article:

There are plenty of clothes you could wear that are cozy— say, a Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress, which has the stretch but remains sleek and chic.

That's a five hundred dollar wallet gash of cozy there.

Tina848 said...

This is common where I WORK!!!! I understand the tights with sweater dress, or leggings with a long tunic, but none of that is occurring. Small sweater, butt out in leggings.

I always felt it is appropriate to wear pants to work....

I work at a Global Pharmaceutical company, not the fashion industry.

Jim S. said...

There was a video making the rounds online about a year ago where a woman painted the lower half of her body and walked around naked below the waist in a bustling New York city for many hours. No one could tell. When your fashion choice is indistinguishable from nudity, it might be time to rethink it.

cheddar said...

For my 12 year old daughter, leggings as pants is her everyday look. Her private school prohibited leggings without a mid-thigh length shirt until this year. Female students complained that the no leggings and no yoga pants rules were sexist as boys do not wear these things. Leggings as pants actually works OK when you are 5'4" and about 90 pounds.