Leggings and tights. The Legging war continues. I think we are all reasonably aware that tights are not pants. But the leggings. I for the life of me do not understand the problems with leggings. Or Yoga pants. I have my ideas of these that are so opposed to these fantastic pant options and I question the validity of the Legging war. In reality I wore leggings way back in the day. And actually there were even these things that were thicker than tights but not as thick as leggings so of course a skirt was worn over these. Back in the day we also thought it fashionable to tie a sweatshirt around our waist, so there is that.
But I want to take us on a journey in the way back machine to gym attire. In the late 80’s women wore leotards to the gym. No seriously a leotard. Generally with tights. Leg warmers were pretty well gone at that point. Think Jazzercise but actually at a gym. So here is one of my gym outfits: tights, half top leotard and leotard bottoms. See, I don’t even know what these things are called they were just leotard like. It just was what it was. You saw a woman dressed in such things and you had the thought oh, she just came from the gym. Because there was life outside of the gym. After the gym you may have had to run to the grocery store or pick up the kids, whatever and they experienced nothing like the legging war. In the late 80’s I was going to school, working, living on my own so yes I would have to run errands after the gym. Definitely less was being worn and yet no one really seemed to get irritated and shame people and maybe we have the Internet and social media to thank for that.
Or maybe it is because the leaders of the legging war would not wear and are uncomfortably reminded that they could not comfortably wear these fashions. Now before you think I am a total jerk, I have some words from smart people:
“In 1980, 4.8 percent of men and 7.9 percent of women were obese. Those percentages jumped to 9.8 percent of men and 13.8 percent of women in 2008.” This is information from an article by ABC News. These numbers were stated in other articles I read as well. So maybe there really is no legging war there are people who just don’t want to wear them, but beyond that they also don’t want you to wear them. They have been around a long time and my Mom (My MOM!!!!) wore them. She was from the WWII generation too so not even a Baby Boomer! And yet no Legging war then.
Look I am a mid-forties woman who has had to watch her weight since puberty. I know the struggle. Everyone is made differently and that is a beautiful thing. But even at my heaviest (after I nursed my mother dying of cancer and nursed myself with so much ice cream) I never hated on women for their pants. Never. Rock whatever you like, be comfortable with what you have, wear it don’t wear it but please don’t bash other women for wearing things because you wouldn’t. I have even experienced skinny women hating on others so this is not to say it is about the size of the hater this is to say that women find it necessary, even acceptable, to hate on other women for their CLOTHING choice.
Now there is the more prudent group that believes that Leggings and Yoga pants don’t leave anything to the imagination. Trust me, in pretty much all of our modern decades there have been clothing choices that showed a lot more than a pair of leggings. Hot Pants in the 70’s, cropped tops in the 80’s, and the skirts keep getting shorter and shorter (and shorter)! But this Legging War (yes it is a war) is kind of laughable when I look at some of the things I used to wear. As a ridiculous example I had a baby blue sweater in the early nineties that stopped just below my bra line. It was adorable! In fact the later teen years to the early 20’s (very early as I was preggo at 21) were all about the midriff. So you can understand my confusion at schools not allowing tank tops let alone leggings when we once let our midriffs see the sun regularly. Cue “I’m Coming Out” and the low rise jean commercials of the early 2000’s.
It seems there will always be people hating on fashion choices of the time and those that will say that was a terrible terrible era while I am over here embracing the big hair of the 80’s as much as the wide pants of the 70’s! I raise my protest board and it says Down with the Legging War! Cue Trace Adkins Honky Tonk Badonkadonk and y’all go shake what your momma gave you.
Now for some Honky Tonk Badonkadonk