Today I will address the topic of leggings as a fashionista traveler’s best friend.
No really, I mean it. Laugh all you want now, but by the end of the post, you’ll probably agree with me.
(and thank me eternally)
There’s only one rule to remember. Just one.
LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS.
But they can help you decrease the size of your suitcase by a whole lot of space.
Let’s start with the picture on the left. You’ll notice the lady on the left is wearing a tunic that goes past her crotch and her butt. This is good.
You’ll notice the girl on the right has camel-toe. ‘nough said.
Yes, I agree with all you legging haters out there, the trend can be abused and taken to extraordinary levels of apparent lack of self awareness. And with this picture:
I’m not here to dis the leggings, I’m here to show you why you need them in your backpack/suitcase/trunk whatever you travel with.
And so, one more time, to drive the point home: One rule, THEY ARE NOT PANTS.
If your shirt’s too short wear a long tank under it like the smart girl on the left did.
So what’s so magical about leggings that every traveling lady needs to pack them?
- They’re versatile.
- They dress up or down.
- They take up no space.
- They’ll save you on your laundry bills.
- They spice up your traveling wardrobe.
Go out and get yourselves some leggings, thank me later.
Ok, fine. I’ll elaborate a bit.
They’re not pants remember… but they are your PJs, your workout gear, your sweats, your undergarment, and that thing you wear under a stylin’ tunic.
If you get yourself a nice pair of cozy cotton leggings, and of course they’re NOT a size too small for you, they’ll do just fine as PJ bottoms.
Remember the 80′s? Yeah, I doubt you’re packing leg warmers, but you probably have a one piece bathing suit, or some light-weight board-shorts you can throw on top of them. And actually, if your leggings are heavy enough, the gym is probably the one place you can get away with wearing them with no crotch coverage. Just make sure they don’t get transparent when you’re doing downward dog and you’re set for crossfit, yoga, p90x… or whatever you’re into
When it gets cold outside and the pants you did pack don’t seem to be doing the job, layer a pair of leggings underneath… Ta-da!
When you’re not in the mood to dress up and you wish you had big comfy sweat pants… pull on a pair of leggings.. they’re just as comfy I promise, and throw on a nice long t-shirt and sweatshirt on top of that… You’re out the door.
But if you do feel like dressing up, well that’s the best part of leggings!
They dress up or they dress down.
Allow me to demonstrate…
This chic’s not going out for a night on the town:
Nah, she’s roughing it in the “bad part of town” but she’s comfy, because she’s wearing leggings. (her hoody’s a little short, I would have put on a nice long tank under that, because they’re not pants, remember!)
Now if you’re not the hoodie kind of girl don’t worry, you’ll be just as comfortable with an oversized sweater over your non-pants.
These sweaters aren’t too convenient for travel packing, they’re probably pretty heavy and take up a lot of space in your bag, but if you’re doing a short trip to Paris, one oversized sweater won’t hurt.
Really though, if you pair your leggings with a nice long v-neck shirt, and throw on a denim jacket, and a pair of flats, you’ll look effortlessly fabulous and you can spend all of that brain space you didn’t waste on your wardrobe on trying to figure out how to say “bus” in vietnamese.
But what if you do want to go out on the town?
Take that same v-neck, those same leggings the gangstah girl above was wearing, throw on some heels and a black blazer, you just went from street-chique to elegant.
This pretty lady on the left is showing us how to step it up a notch, she’s got fancy pleather leggings, an over-priced tunic, plus a cute tote… you won’t be needing all of that.
It’s all about your accessories. Sure you might not have packed heels either (although now that I’ve cleared up a cubic foot of space in your suitcase previously taken up by all of the other pants you thought you needed… maybe you have the room for small heels!) but a cute pair of dressy flats that take up no space at all in your knapsack will do the trick. (Or go to your local salvation army and spend 5 bucks on heels for the night, if you’re somewhere you need to dress up, there’s a second hand clothing store nearby, and your purchase helps local shelters)
If you’re really in a pinch and you didn’t plan anything at all, you can borrow your boyfriend’s button up and throw a belt over it. Really. The girl above on the right is pulling it off nicely.
Now you’re thinking:
“Oh look at all these tiny girls with long legs! I’m not that skinny,
I can’t pull off leggings”
If you’re a plus size there’s just another tiny rule to add to our one rule and you’re good to go: WEAR A BELT.
That is all.
Because you should already remember our first rule (they’re not pants) so you’ll be wearing something that covers your private parts, but the bigger worry for heavier set ladies is looking like a shapeless bag of potatoes with a giant shapeless tunic covering your lovely curves.
Chances are if you’re uncomfortable with your legs, leggings will give you a boost in confidence, and also allow you to wear something a bit shorter than you could with no pants, which will enhance your proportions.
See the lady on the very left?
She’s wearing a tunic that’s tight around her bust right below the chachas.
Given the choice of color is to vomit, but the tight waist along with the length, which is just a little shorter than what she could pull off with absolutely no pants, makes her look fabulous.
The lady in the center looks like she threw on silk sheet. No shape.
The lady on the very right, with that gorgeous blouse, is completely lost in the teal! You’ve got curves, use them!
Here’s a lady who’s doing it right:
Anyway, this isn’t a post teaching you how to make use of your body, this is a post about leggings and why you they’re an absolute travel wardrobe must-have.
So far I’ve talked mostly about black leggings, they go with everything, they’re wonderful, you should have a few pairs so when one’s dirty you have spares. You should have a couple others in some muted neutral colors that go with everything and anything you have or pick up along the way, (grey is good) but don’t stop there, go wild!
They spice up your traveling wardrobe.
Leggings fold up to the size of underwear! Bring some wild patterns or colors to spice up your wardrobe. If you get sick of them you can trade them with a fellow traveler in exchange for a new crazy pair of non-pants, or just grab another fanciful pair along the way.
Really, they are made in bulk in most textile meccas and shipped worldwide for the fashion police to cringe over in some of the most surprisingly remote parts of the world.
We’ve got our fair share of cobalt, lime, or shiny silver leggings paired with non-color-coordinated lace tops here in the Dominican Republic, I can’t wait to see how other cultures abuse them!!!
But I won’t leave you with the foul taste of overly highlighted genitalia on your mind, instead I’ll leave you with some photos of how leggings are done RIGHT, to try to convince you one last time why more of us ladies need to adopt them and un-soil their name.
No Jeggings were harmed in the making of this post, but I kinda wish they had’ve been.