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Oh leggings season. The best time of the year. The leaves are turning, the weather is getting cool and I can wear leggings on repeat without needing a reason why. Before I jump into these two different style ideas I wanted to share today, I first want to take a few minutes to express my point of view on leggings, because I know that there is a lot of controversy surrounding them and how they should be worn.
Here’s my take on it all: I love leggings. They are comfortable and cozy. I love the way I can layer with them during the fall in winter. I love that I can wear a pair under my sweatpants when it’s really cold. I love wearing cute fall outfits that work perfectly with a pair of leggings.
On the flip side, I also want to be proud of the way I present myself. Although I’m not accountable for dirty thoughts that others might think of me, I am responsible for the image of myself I present to the world. I know that might be kind of confusing, but what I mean to say is this: I’m the only one who has control over the way I present myself as a human being to the outside world. I want to present myself as someone who is confident and who has self-worth and as someone who is to be respected . So I am careful on how I style my leggings when I wear them. That doesn’t mean I always cover my bum, but I want to make sure that my outfit overall looks put together and something that I can be proud to be seen in. I only own leggings that are thick enough to ensure that there is nothing that can be seen through them. When I walk out the door and into the world, I want people to see me and get a vibe for who I am because of my outfit and not just the fact that I’m wearing leggings that you can see my undies through. Does that make sense? Basically, I’m all for wearing leggings, all the time, but put forth my best effort to look presentable and respectable when wearing them.
I asked Dustin for his thoughts on my leggings and he said that while he appreciates it when I wear things long enough to cover my bum (more because he doesn’t like seeing other guys looking at me while we’re out together,) I’m an adult and can make my own choices. (I love that guy!) And, because I respect his opinion and want him to feel comfortable when we are in those situations, I do make a more conscious effort to pair my leggings with tunics and dresses when we’re out and about. I don’t want him throwing punches at other guys in the middle of Costco!
If you want to read a couple other opinions on the leggings vs. pants debate, Shannon from Salty Spaces has a fantastic post about why she keeps wearing leggings here.