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This Week in “It’s a Definate Fashion NO, NO”: When it’s a Leggings Don’t Do

March 24, 2010

I love wearing leggings just like the next person.  And if I had never gone through a lesson on the do’s and don’ts to wearing them, I wouldn’t be able to write this post.  Let me explain my experience with wearing leggings for the first time.  Back in 1993 my mom and I, my daughter wasn’t born yet, had been out shopping in Inglewood, CA.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I had on a pair of white leggings and a waist length thin rose pink sweater.  And, of course, I had on the wrong color underwear —  and a pair of white sandals.  This woman who was walking behind us, nicely summerly dressed tapped me on the shoulder.  She first complimented my shoes — she really liked them, but when it got to my hair and outfit, she ripped me a new one.

She talked about how I was dressed from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet (excluding the shoes) because I had ashy feet and no polish on my toes, and every since then I never put on another pair of leggings, not until the summer of 2009, and it made so self conscience that I make every effort to keep my feet clean and lotioned and with nail polish on my toe nails.

That experience was a time when my marriage was beginning to fail and I was going through a serious identity crisis.  My mom can tell you all about it.  But you know she laughed at me when the lady was done reaming me, and what made it worse was she apologized and explained why she did me like that, though she never met me.  At the same time, though, it was like we must have met in another life because she ran my life’s history down to me only because she’d gone through a similar experience.   Afterwards my mom gave me the “I told you so” speech and I grew from there.

My point is this…, ladies, if you’re like me, and you’ve got a lot of junk in your trunk going on what’s the first thing you want to do when you put on your favorite pair of leggings?  First make sure you look good and if necessary cover it up!  You don’t have to be going through anything in your life to be cautious of what you put on.  It’s why they created mirrors.

So I took a morning walk and stopped over in Ross to see what they had, then went on down to the dollar store to get my apple sauce and granola bar when I happened to look up and saw this young woman (probably in her 20’s) wearing what looked like a waist length black sweater-like top and these gray leggings and some black flats.  In an instant I was taken back to that day I got reamed!  And the first thing that came to mind was, “um, uh uh…she should have given that outfit a second thought.”  She was a pretty Latina woman, but the outfit just didn’t compliment her at all.

Understand that this is not to fashion bash anyone, but come on.  If you’re packing like that in the rear end, wouldn’t you want to leave it to the imagination as to just how much you got going on?  I mean, get a body shaper, a longer top or sweater, or one of the short summer dresses made for wearing leggings.  Or one of those cute mini skirts made for wearing leggings.  It’s just simple common sense that I, too, had to learn some years ago when I thought it was looking cute — but wasn’t.

Good thing is today you can find many styles to wear leggings with that are hip and trendy and complimentary of your figure.  What she was wearing was a definite legging don’t do and should be considered Fashion Sense 101.  And let’s not forget there are briefs (which to me are a cardinal must have) to hold “that” in place to keep it from jiggling, baby

In short, let me say, if you’re going to wear leggings, be fashionable with them and have  the proper sense in wearing them.  Not everyone can wear them in the manner in which they want to believe.  Don’t abuse the leggings privilege.

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