SOME THINGS ARE NOT PANTS

Well, hello! I hope you have missed me. 🙂  I know I have missed you!  I really did not mean to take such a long hiatus, but blogging went to a lower priority for a couple of weeks. It started when I decided on the spur of the moment to join two of my adult children and their families on their trip to Disney World. I had not planned to go, but the thought of seeing all four grandchildren at Disney at the same time, was just too tempting. Best decision I ever made!

On to my topic for the day. It is what you might call a “rant.”  I often see people wearing things as pants that are not what I call pants. The main offenders are leggings or tights, but I have also seen people wearing pajama bottoms.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love stretchy pants and yoga pants as much as anyone, and have shown you before my ultimate-very-favorite-wear-with-everything-pair of pants:

Bettona

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I also wear leggings, especially in the winter; HOWEVER, I wear them with a dress or a long tunic:

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You KNOW what I am going to say….wait for it……

LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!!!

I know you have heard this, but I am not sure it has actually penetrated into your consciousness. I see you everywhere.  You are wearing your oh-so-comfy and oh-so-warm leggings.  “Surely I can just wear them with my favorite top, even if it is a bit short,”  you tell yourself.   “Even though I am older than dirt, I know I look so youthful in these tight,brightly patterned leggings,” you think.

Oh my! Please ask for an honest opinion before you walk out that door. Remember — it is hard to get an accurate view of the back of your outfit, even in a full-length mirror.

I’m sure I am not actually seeing you 😉 but maybe I am seeing your friends and family. If so, do them a favor, and show them these photos. They are examples of how not to wear leggings. These are all outfits that I have personally seen. I have more, but this is probably enough for one day!

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And yes, people do wear pajama pants to the store (and not just WalMart):

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I will leave you with a picture of the only place you should ever wear pajama pants: (Really just an excuse to show you my adorable crew)

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Thanks for reading. Would love to hear your comments!

21 thoughts on “SOME THINGS ARE NOT PANTS”

  1. I sooo agree, Susan. Spandex shouldn’t be allowed in sections larger than 1/2 yard.
    So glad you went to Disney with the kiddies. That picture is priceless!
    Merry Christmas to you and Howard!

  2. Glad you got to spend time at Disney World with all your grandchildren! Love the last photo – so cute!

    I love leggings and wear them frequently but only with long tunics or dresses. I also love the very colorful leggings that you see everywhere right now (similar to your first example), but when I honestly think about it, I probably only could really get away with wearing them at home, so I better stay away…

    1. Thanks, Andrea. I have also been tempted to buy the colorful leggings, but in all honesty, I think they look ridiculous on anyone over 25. 😉

      1. I agree with you 100%! I wish they never came out with them b/c I am sooo tired of seeing people squeezed into them (literally) with not enough material on their tops to cover things. I believe, Susan, many literally don’t care! It’s not that they haven’t heard how they should be worn, they just don’t care, and wear them as pants anyway. A younger girl I know (in her 20’s) flippantly said “she didn’t care ‘how’ they should be worn; she loved them and was going to wear them as pants.” She did NOT have a good shape for them either. Worn correctly, they can be very cute. Otherwise, I think they look tacky (as pants). Thanks for letting me rant. 🙂 PS Love the pic with the grandbabies!!

        1. Nancy, I think you are right. Most people just don’t care. I didn’t get a picture, but I saw one younger woman whose leggings were so tight that it looked like she wasn’t wearing anything, but her top half was very sophisticated. I guess she liked looking that way! I am happy that you could rant along with me.;-)

  3. Oh my! I occasionally wear a legging but only black and only under a long top of some description.

    The pj’s? Really??? The only thing worse than the woman in the pj’s is the unrestrained large bust – always, and I mean always – wear a decent bra. Rule number 1 in my book!

    You and your grandbabies look like you are all having a ball :).

  4. Oh yes, I missed you and your wonderful blog; actually wondered if you had quit!!
    OMG, the leggings pics you captured are frightful :(( What are these people thinking? Obviously they don’t care how they appear in public. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing something like this. In fact,
    I don’t even wear leggings since it’s too warm in So Tx most of the time! Have a black & navy pair in
    my possession for several years & if I ever wear them it will be with a long tunic or long cardigan sweater.
    So glad you were able to take off & enjoy your time with family at Disney World. The pic of you and your grands is adorable.

    1. Hi Kay,
      No, I didn’t quit. 😉 Thanks for the kind words. So glad you are not dressing like the ladies in my photos!

  5. So glad you’re back. Missed you. Totally agree with you on the pants. I love my leggings but they aren’t allowed out of the house. Yesterday, while doing a little Christmas shopping, saw a 20 something wearing tights, a top which should have been much longer, no make up and a Flinstone hairdo with a headband. The type of headband I wear while applying make up in the morning, also not allowed out of the house. What a mess. My Mom always said a little blush and lipstick never killed anybody. Words still true today. Glad you took the time with your grandchildren. Looks like it was a blast!

    1. Thank you, Roxanne.It really is amazing what people will wear in public. And I agree wholeheartedly with your mom….just add some earrings also. 😉

  6. There are three things that always tell the truth – drunk people, children, and leggings! (Not mine. I have to find the source).

  7. I wear leggings all the time, however I only wear solid colors and make sure that I have a long tunic or sweater to cover up “those” parts. Here’s my trick…always check your back view in a mirror before leaving the house. Also, it’s really worth it to pay for the best leggings. I like Lysse leggings but they don’t come cheap!

  8. Couldn’t agree with you more, Susan. It has only been within this past year I have actually started wearing leggings outside the gym and when I do, you can bet I am wearing something long over them. Glad to hear you enjoyed your Disney trip. Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday! Also, I am currently looking for co-hosts, so I hope you will consider the opportunity.
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  9. Love your comments about leggings. Lindsay told me I couldn’t wear leggings anymore a few years ago. An adult daughter can always help you with your fashion. Loved the picture with the grandchildren.

    1. I hate to say it, but Lindsey is right…except I think it is okay to wear dark leggings with tunics, dresses, or skirts. The ones that look crazy after a certain age are the bold colorful patterns. Both of us do have adorable grandchildren, I must say 🙂

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