It is no secret that I was not thrilled to see the leggings come back around. I was even less thrilled to see them stay around. I am now appalled to see how they are being worn now. Not because they don’t look good, but because it is almost scandals the way that they are being worn.
Leggings were originally thin and tight pants. These were made so thick that they did not shine through and show off the leg, although it hugged the legs tight enough to show off the legs. These original leggings were worn under skirts and dresses when the dress was short enough to potentially show off the unmentionables.
Modern leggings are not as thick as the original leggings. They are closer to nylons, often made with spandex instead of cotton. These leggings can be thin enough to allow the shine of the person’s legs to show through, especially if the individual is flexing in order to step up onto something or is bending down at the knees.
The modern leggings were meant to be worn under something, such as a short skirt or dress. Some people even wear these modern leggings under their jeans if they have torn or ripped jeans, adding visual interest, modesty and warmth to the jeans.
Unfortunately, there has been a movement in which the modern leggings are being worn as a second skin with nothing over them. They are being slid over the person’s body, and nothing else is being used to cover them. This scandalous look is being used by woman from the age of 5 up. Even the senior citizens have been found wearing this second skin type of clothing.
Please, take a moment and really look at the leggings. Are they so thin and so tight that they look painted to you? Are they really helping you look good? Could you put something over it and make it look better? Do you really want to cut the blood supply to your legs and waist by dressing in something this tight? Really?