Even the BBC weighs in with Leggings and Yoga Pants: When Tight Trousers Get Controversial.
Merriam Webster’s dictionary lists the definition of pant as “an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle.”
By that definition, leggings ARE pants.
The key thing to remember when wearing leggings is to check their opacity--that is, make sure they aren’t see through. This can be done with the help of a friend or by doing any number of contortions in front of your mirror. Nothing makes the argument for leggings NOT being pants more than onlookers being able to see your underwear (or...more power to you, sister...your bare skin). And, let’s face it, as popular as leggings have become, there are some pretty cheap products out there. To check for opacity, do the “knee test” by bending your knee really tightly--if you can see your knee through the fabric, it’s likely others will be able to see your underwear.
Thankfully, GH put several different brands of leggings through a rigorous testing process for us and identified some of the best brands out there, and the winners were….
Right on the item page, it says, “Ranked #1 in a nationwide textile lab testing, the C9 ChampionⓇ Embrace Legging excelled above the competition. Good Housekeeping rated these mesh inset tights best for fabric durability, moisture wicking, opacity, comfort/fit, stretch recovery and shrinkage...wearers found these leggings trendy and flattering for daily wear, but still athletic enough for the gym.” Well, you just about can’t beat that with a stick...especially because they cost just $30.
Described as best for running or cycling, the Land’s End Speed Crop Pant are designed specifically for high impact activities. They’re moisture-wicking, reflective and have flatlock seams and pockets. Good Housekeeping said they “got perfect marks for fit” and “outperformed in the stretch recovery test.” They’re mid-rise and sit just below the waist, so basically they won’t sag or roll down. There are a ton of styles and colors that can be yours for normally $75ish, but there are often certain styles on sale!
Good Housekeeping said, “Testers gave these top marks for being the most flattering.” They use Sculptek™ technology to provide amazing shape and support, even when in motion. They can be worn for gym workouts, running, and studio workouts--so they’re incredibly versatile. And the drawstring is a fully adjustable continuous loop, so it won’t come out and get lost in the seams or in the wash. Plus, they cost less than $90 and come in a ⅞ Ankle Tight, Capris (pictured above) and a shorts style.
So...after all this, what say you?! Are leggings pants? What are your favorite brands and how do you style them?