5 Ways Real Women Can Wear Leggings as Pants Without Looking Ridiculous (PHOTOS)

by Emily Abbate November 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM
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Imitation Leather Leggings

I'm obsessed with this trend. Rock leather leggings with a cozy boyfriend sweater, or dress 'em up for a night on the town with a great pair of heels and a loose blazer.

I'm obsessed with this trend. Rock leather leggings with a cozy boyfriend sweater, or dress 'em up for a night on the town with a great pair of heels and a loose blazer.

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November 14, 2012 at 3:37 PM
I <3 leggings. I have sooo many pairs, it borders on ridicuious haha
Th first pic of the printed ones? LOVE IT!
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Nonmember comment from whitebreads
November 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Not to be snarky but it might have been nice to have "real women" depicted wearing said leggings instead of waifish models. It goes against the whole message.
November 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM
All of the pics show women with toothpick legs and no butt that's why they can get away with it
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Nonmember comment from sparkleymama
November 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM
Disagree with this post completely. If you have short legs or are even slightly overweight, leggings as pants = sausage legs. Especially the pleather styles...! However, leggings under tunics/longer sweaters are great.
November 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I love leggings but do not feel they should be worn in public(unless you are going to work out) with any shirt that isn't long enough to cover the crotch area because ladies, when you wear leggings with short shirts, your vagina is kind of on display. I can't stand that actually. It looks ridiculous me.

November 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I think leggings with sweater dresses go great.. with cute heels/boots and dressed up of course. Other than that leggings should stay out of public.. no matter what size you are.

Facebook comment from KRisty Pastrana
November 15, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I love leggings except for when bigger woman wear them, For some reason they always seem to get th wrong size honestly if your underwear is hown or your ass is eating them dont wear them please for the love of god dont wear them its not sexy. They should be alittle snug butt not that snug.


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Nonmember comment from Monzie
November 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM
I have short, "shapely" legs, with muscular thighs and calves and small knees and ankles. And I look terrible in all varieties of leggings. This is one thing I have lived on this planet long enough to know. There is no chunky cardigan or kicky boot that can balance out my legs. Leggings make me look like an Olympic shot-putter....period. I need volume on the bottom half of my pants or I look silly. Boot-cut yoga pants? Those look just fine. But anything that is fitted on the bottom looks just awful on me....
Facebook comment from Sarah Benjamin
November 24, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I love leggings, I live in them because they're wonderfully comfortable.  I just can't understand how people can wear tops that don't go past your bottom with them.  My shirts or 'shirt dresses' have to come down to at least under my butt, or I'd be feeling like my ass was on display all day and I'd never get any work done!

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Nonmember comment from tooth fairy
March 20, 2013 at 3:32 AM
What a bunch of crap. Your examples are so boring. First of all, all the legs look alike, so why didnt you just come out and say the main requirement is to have legs that are three inches in diameter AT THE THIGH!! no less. What a bunch of hooey. :[
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