Let’s get serious here today with topic that’s near and dear to my heart:
Are they pants?
Can they be worn outside of the gym?
Can they be dressed up and worn for date night?
How about to a PTA meeting?
Do I have to wear a long shirt with them?
So many questions.
Once upon a time, I was strictly a boot-cut jeans and pants kind of girl. After spending many unfortunate years as a short-waisted girl in high-waisted mom jeans, lower waists and wider legs were a dream come true. I experimented with wider legs and lower waists (Britney 4Ever!), but I’d found my denim soulmate.
Then skinny jeans came along. The name pretty much says it all, right? I started to try them on a few times. And I stopped when I couldn’t pull them up past my calves, let alone my hips. Nope. Not for me.
But then I found jeggings. Ooooh, my. Now those were comfortable. Stretchy and thinner than regular denim, but they looked just as cute with boots or heels as their skinny jean counterparts.
Like most moms, somewhere along the way I discovered yoga pants. Sometimes for yoga, yes. But usually for errands or traveling or working around the house. Yoga pants are the ultimate in comfort – but the problem is, you can only dress them up so much. Even with a cute top or great shoes, you can’t really hide the fact that they’re yoga pants.
So up until about a year ago, jeans were still my #1 wardrobe staple. Boot-cut denim with sneakers or Chuck Taylors for everyday wear. Skinny jeans with boots or wedges for dressier occasions.
Then last March, when I was preparing for my Jerusalem Marathon trip, I was chatting online with some of my fellow travelers. We didn’t know much about the itinerary, the dress code, or the weather, which made packing a little tough. The consensus? Pack lots of black leggings.
Black leggings? Really?
I had a few pairs of black leggings for running and working out. But I wore them because they were comfortable and flattering. I’d never consider wearing them OUT – unless, of course, I was on my way to the gym. But gosh – my Israel blogger friends looked so cute in their black leggings! They wore them for traveling, sightseeing, nice dinners – much to my surprise, black leggings were seriously the most versatile “pants” I’d ever seen.
But could I pull it off? Did I have the “right” body for it? I decided to give it a try. On a random weekend, while getting dressed to spend the day with my family, I pulled out a pair of black leggings, a long top, and some black flip flops.
Oooooh…that felt nice. And so began my Life in Leggings.
I wore them again. And then again. And the more I wore leggings, the more my old, familiar jeans began to feel…unfamiliar. I could bend and move and EAT.
And then…my love of leggings expanded. Why stick with just black? I fell in love with bright colors and patterns. Dress them up. Dress them down. Wear them with boots, sneakers, or sandals. Wear them for yoga, to volunteer at school, or (shocking) date night.
Today, it’s rare to see me in anything other than leggings or yoga pants. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or not – I just know that I’m really, really comfortable. And not to make excuses, but with my back injury, comfort is super important to me right now.
So let me introduce you to the latest member of my leggings family.
These are the Lennox Leggings by prAna, and I adore them. How great is the color (Fuschia)? They also come in Heather Grey, Indigo, and Black. The material is nice and sturdy, so they’re not see-through, and they run pretty true-to-size. These are a small – thy’re just a touch big on the waist, but I don’t think I could’ve gone down a size.
The Lennox Leggings are part of prAna’s spring line, which includes some really cute pieces: The Andie Top, The Illiana Top, The Garland Tee, and the Kara Jean.
product images courtesy of prAna.com
Bonus: prAna is committed to sustainability and the idea that they should give back to the world more than they take from it. One of the ways they do this is by partnering with bluesign® system. This helps ensure that they only use fabrics which meet the highest environmental and human safety standards.
You can check out prAna Spring Style online and on their Instagram page. And, of course, you must check out their huge selection of leggings and yoga pants, too. If you see something you like, you can use my promo code PSSS16MRI to save 15% on your purchase (discount valid through 3/30/16).
Before you go – care to weigh in? Leggings as pants – heck yeah or no way?