So, you know I’ve been counting down the Top 5 favorite posts from 2013 according to the readers.
Well…this post won by a landslide.
Have any guesses what it is?
FAVORITE #1 is…
LEGGINGS 101: Leggings are NOT Pants!
CAN I GET A QUICK AMEN FROM THE PEOPLE?
If you want to see the post in it’s original form, click HERE.
Today I’m going to re-post all of the important parts from the original post, PLUS some updates.
In the original post I highlighted several different types of leggings, but since then I found THE BEST PAIR OF LEGGINGS KNOWN TO MAN and named them a MUST HAVE! And, many of the things I talked about in the first post are no longer available, so I’ve found similar items that are current (and still available). I also have pictures of my own personal leggings outfits that I’ve created after buying the MUST HAVE leggings for myself.
So, Let’s Get Started!
Oh, and speaking of Andrea.
Look what she sent me this morning after seeing this post.
Did you just spit out your coffee?
I don’t blame you.
LAUGHING. SO. HARD.
Hey, if you don’t listen to me on this important subject matter.
Listen to Ryan. He is wise beyond his years.
this post today is for you!
|only original source from above found HERE (Carly at C Style in her black and white cardi on bottom left)|
but did you also pay attention to the text?
Lean in and listen carefully to the following lesson:
When wearing leggings,
THROW ON SOME BOOTS AND PILE ON THE LAYERS
THAT my friends is the key to how to wear leggings.
(You can also wear flats with leggings, but I just prefer boots.)
Oh. There is one more very important key to wearing leggings.
MAKE SURE YOUR CROTCH IS COVERED.
I said it.
LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS PEOPLE.
If I could make the above statement flash and shoot streamers out of your computer,
please know that I would.
Layers can include several of the following:
a tank, a t-shirt, a tunic, a button up, a sweater, a cardigan, a scarf, boot socks, etc.
The list goes on and on.
LAYER IT UP PEOPLE
(FYI: I took it upon myself to take the notes for you.)
Now before we get to the layering part, let’s start out by talking about the actual leggings.
There’s nothing worse than a legging that is partially see-through, that
bags in the knees after a couple of hours of wear, or that doesn’t wash
So, if you are ready to rock a legging, here’s what you need to do first:
Invest in a good pair of leggings.
(And by invest…I mean spend around $40 instead of around $20. We’re
not talking about having to drop a lot of cash, so don’t skimp.)
$20 makes all the different in the world when it comes to the quality of a legging.
Here are some of my favorite options out there right now:
1) HUE ultra wide waistband leggings HERE
THESE HAVE A CRAZY NUMBER OF 5 STAR REVIEWS!!!!
(SINCE THE ORIGINAL POST THESE LEGGINGS WERE NAMED A MUST HAVE!_
THEY. ARE. FABULOUS.
2) waxed espresso leggings no longer available
Reviews are mixed on these, but I’ve received several e-mails about a denim legging,
so I thought I would include these.
Here is a review (one of 279 5 star ratings!) from the wide band leggings (in grey in above collage on the left) and below in black. (Again, since the original post, these have now
been named a MUST HAVE!)
are my favorite leggings by far. They fit true to size, they hold up
well wash after wash, and they keep their shape very well while wearing
them! My husband always asks me if they are new every time I put them
on, and says that he likes the way they look. I think they are just
plain comfy. The price point
is great too – an ideal legging!
There are 18 reviews of these and 13 are 5 STARS!
Lots of people e-mailed me about the following camisoles saying they are great to wear with leggings under other shirts.
BP stretch camisole HERE
Apparently they do a nice job “of creating nice and smooth muffin top”.
I mean, hilarious.
That speaks to me.
I shall order 3.
(black, white, and oatmeal).
THEY ARE ONLY $12 people and they come in 14 colors!
And I’ve also received several reader comments about the Zella Live In Leggings HERE.
They are a little more expensive, but they have 771 5 STAR reviews!
You might want to check them out!
Thanks for the recommendation Kim. 🙂
BUT AGAIN…..I named the following a MUST HAVE since the original post.
(And this is just a side note…but apparently all of the excitement made my hair look stupid.
SERIOUSLY. What the heck is wrong with my hair? It looks like I got caught in a rain storm, and then some sort of a wind tunnel, and then didn’t brush it for like 5 days after that…..and then I took a picture. Anyway, please disregard the hair.)
Cognac Wedge Boots HERE – still 40% off and still freaking amazing
*I LOVE these boots for my leggings because they fit closely on my calf and there isn’t a big space that often happens when wearing boots with leggings.
Target Long and Lean tanks HERE
These are great for wearing under casual t-shirts with your leggings.
White shirt HERE (if you’re tall, this wouldn’t be long enough for leggings)
Long grey t-shirt sold out (sorry!)
*And just as a side note…I think I wore my blardigan with my leggings 5/7 days one week over Christmas break. Don’t judge.
*Also of note….I get on average of 3 e-mails PER DAY about the blardigan. You ladies are just as crazy as I am, and I enjoy that.
These leggings rock and they are so easy to pair with so many different looks!
leggings are a nice OPAQUE black and do not become too thin or sheer
when put on. The material doesn’t sag or bunch, and they hug my body
perfectly without being too tight. The “ultra wide” waistband puts the
leggings into the PERFECT category for me. It hugs my tummy without
being constricting and they are SO comfortable. I am 5’4″, a size 4 in
pants, and the size SMALL was perfect for me. They were a couple of
inches too long, but I plan on only wearing them with boots, so I didn’t
mind just folding them up. (And I think this is a good thing for
Another review said,
usually too tight in the leg, too long in the leg and too constricting
in the waist. None of that exists in this Hue ultra wide waistband
legging. I bought four pair, two black, one gray and one navy. Versatile
and warm, excellent with booties and tunic tops.
DID YOU HEAR THAT?
This chick isn’t even normally like leggings, and she bought FOUR pair!
great for you taller girls. I couldn’t wear mine with flats, but I
don’t mind folding them up for my boots! If you’re taller, then I’m
guessing you could choose to wear them with flats.
I have received COUNTLESS (seriously, probably over 100) messages from you guys about the MUST HAVE leggings since my initial post.
I thought I would share just 3 of them.
been following your blog for a few months now, and I LOVE it! I’ve
bought several of the pieces you’ve recommended and I love everything.
But I wanted to tell you that I really really LOVE the Hue extra wide
waistband leggings. I got mine in the mail on Friday, and I wore them on
Saturday from 4:30am until midnight. It was a long day of traveling,
tailgating…etc. and they held up SO well! No stretching or gaping and
they were super comfy. It sounds like you and I are about the same size
and the small was perfect. A little long, but under boots it’s no big
deal. I’m a stay at home mom of a 4 year old and a 9 month old and I
know I will LIVE in these things all winter. I just ordered the gray
ones this morning since the black ones were so great. Keep up the good
Good call on making these leggings a MUST HAVE. I have had a gray pair
and a black pair for about a year and a half and they still look brand
new. This is saying a lot since I wear them at least once a week. Best
$40ish ever spent!
I have bought every single one of your must haves, and I love all of them. But the leggings? The leggings are my favorite by far. I find myself forcing myself to wear other things in my closet. They truly should be a MUST HAVE for every woman in the world. Thanks so much for the recommendation. I have never owned a pair of leggings before, and never imagined that I would, but I am now a believer in leggings.
And if you don’t believe me, BELIEVE Abby and Cori and Lindsay!
I went back thru some old pics on my phone, and I found some of my favorite looks with my MUST HAVE leggings.
And for a way more casual look than the outfits in the above collage, I LOVE LOVE LOVE pairing my leggings with my J Crew Factory tunic HERE, a long and lean Target tank HERE, and my Hunter boots HERE.
(These exact scarves are sold out, but I have some great scarf options at the bottom of the post.)
When worn properly, leggings are GREATNESS!
You know, now is as good a time as any to discuss a blog
comment that I received just last week…a good 2 months after this
original post went live.
If you know me personally you know that I try to avoid controversy and that I’m a pleaser by nature,
but this was too good not to share.
I do need to preface this next picture by saying if you are easily offended by foul language, you might want to scroll down just a bit (even though the curse words are covered). To say this woman PASSIONATELY disagrees with me and my stance on leggings would be an understatement.
My friend Andrea blurred out all of the curse words….and yes, there were lots of them.
Told you she was passionate.
Here’s what my anonymous (surprise, surprise) commenter had to say about my original Leggings are Not Pants Post.
I think it’s a nice touch that Andrea used my horrendous face to block out the nasty words,
don’t you? And at the very last minute last night…I put hearts over the code word that Andrea had used to disguise the real word that the commenter had left about what she wanted to throw in my face. I didn’t want to run the risk of anybody being offended (even by the code word).
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
I must, this level of passion was a bit unexpected. 🙂
And I have one question, is it weird that thing I WAS OFFENDED MOST BY was the fact that she called me old?
That was just mean.
I would like to tell the anonymous commenter that I’m going to go ahead and stand by my original stance that leggings are in fact NOT pants.
I guess we’re just going to have to AGREE TO DISAGREE.
And for the record, Ryan is still on my side. He is so loyal.
|Once again, created by my genius friend Andrea.|
The “leggings still aren’t pants” part made me laugh sooooo hard!
However, although they are not pants (all that I mean by that is that you need to pay attention to the length of your shirt), if worn correctly, they can definitely be part of a great outfit.
Like in this look!
Don’t you love it?
|original source not found|
Put the above look together yourself with the following:
cable knit cardigan picture sold out, but similar HERE and HERE
denim tunic shirt HERE, scarf sold out but similar HERE
other leggings in picture, bu HUE MUST HAVE black leggings now recommended HERE,
brown Penny boots HERE and boot socks HERE
I mean really. You can’t get more cozy than this look!
I love how the tall socks add just 1 more layer to the outfit!
Here are some current options I found for long tops and cardigans that would pair well with leggings.
Click HERE for a new long cardigan I just found online!
Click HERE (comes in 3 colors).
Side slit tunic sweater HERE. Loving the layered sleeve effect of this one!
It also comes in several solid colors.
awesome plus size cardigan option HERE
And since we know scarves pair so well with leggings, I thought I would find some new and current ones that we haven’t talked about before.
Most of them are all David and Young scarves…the maker of the fringe scarf…simply because I feel like these two know what they are doing. 🙂
scarves in collage: two tone scarf HERE / orange infinity scarf HERE (also comes in pink)
not pictured: multi color infinity scarf HERE (50% off means $9.98!)/ stripe infinity scarf HERE
also not pictured, but highlighted last week: cable knit infinity scarf HERE (50% off and AMAZING – 3 just arrived in the mail for me and I love them. You need to stock up on these for GREAT gifts at a phenomenal price)!
Since my original leggings post, I have received a lot of e-mail about what types of jackets I would suggest pairing with leggings. You all requested jackets that are long enough (obviously) but that are also casual enough to wear with leggings. I found 2 great options!
(These are great for leggings, but they would also be great with jeans!)
Anorak Jacket HERE
I LOVE this one so much and it’s a great deal at only $88! I saw it again today and I really do love it so much!
For size reference, this one is a small.
It comes in grey also.
pillow hooded down coat HERE
This is a really nice jacket, but it is 40% off…and it has great reviews!
So, there you have it girls!
If you would like to let the record show that you do not agree with me, please feel free to say so in the comments, but try your best to leave out the profanity and keep your private parts to yourself.