January 10 11

Okay. Say it with me.

Leggings are NOT pants.

No. They are not. Leggings are, in fact, more closely related to tights than pants.

Here’s an easy tip for you. I should neither see your ASS nor your CROTCH while you are wearing them. Let’s keep pants a labia-free zone.

Here’s another easy tip for you. If, when answering the question “Am I an Olympic speed skater?” and the answer is NO, you should not be wearing leggings as pants.

How leggings should be worn:

Keywords being used here: boots. tunics. long tie sweaters.

How leggings should NOT be worn:

Keywords being used here: crotch. ass. cameltoe.

Because at the end of the day—this is Olivia Wilde.

And THIS is Olivia Wilde abusing leggings.


  1. My love for you knows no bounds. Love this. Don’t love seeing Olivia Wilde’s cooch. End of story.

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on January 10, 2011
  2. Also, no surprise but cameltoe (and “animal porn,” thanks to the post when I first met you and went to the Georgia Aquarium) is one of my top search result terms. =)

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on January 10, 2011
  3. Awesome and more awesome. Thanks for the laugh!


    Comment by Scout's Honor on January 10, 2011
  4. What about unitards?

    (Do you notice a re-occurring theme with my comments? HAHAHA)

    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on January 10, 2011
  5. Hmm, what are your feelings on yoga pants? Does the flare at the ankle make a difference?

    Comment by Lisa on January 10, 2011
  6. I’m okay with yoga pants…even though I REALLY try not to wear them out as pants.

    BUT, the yoga pants I do wear are not thin like leggings…they are lululemon reverse grooves…way thicker, and are MEANT to be worn as pants. In my find..very different!

    Comment by ali on January 10, 2011
  7. I am not seeing a problem here.

    Comment by Avitable on January 10, 2011
  8. Avitable,
    Why am I not surprised?? HEH!! My husband doesn’t see the problem either.


    Comment by Scout's Honor on January 10, 2011
  9. A-freaking-men. Eliminate cameltoe.


    Comment by heidikins on January 10, 2011
  10. I don’t see anything wrong here here, nor with yoga pants, but I am the husband to which Scout’s Honor referred.

    Comment by Beau on January 10, 2011
  11. word.

    Comment by karengreeners on January 10, 2011
  12. hehe 🙂 so true!

    Comment by Tammi Marie on January 10, 2011
  13. I wish you could have told this to the woman in front of me at Target the other day. It was so wrong.

    Comment by Issa on January 10, 2011
  14. The thing that I always wonder about with these up-your-ass-crotch-wedgie wearers is.. do *they* think it looks good?
    I am guilty of wearing yoga pants *all* the time, but tights are a whole other story. My labia are private, thanks very much.

    Comment by Jessica on January 10, 2011
  15. My thoughts exactly! I would, however, be much more tempted if my ass was as perky as blue leggin’-white sock-red shirt-black vest girl.

    Comment by Anne on January 10, 2011
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  17. I’m with Adam and Beau! Got any more of those photos of Olivia Wilde??

    Comment by Aeron on January 10, 2011
  18. THANK YOU. Oh, thank you! I live in a large college town, and see leggings-abuse every single day.

    Comment by Angela on January 10, 2011
  19. I saw a woman wearing leggings with some really obvious granny panties underneath. Wasn’t pretty.

    Comment by alison on January 10, 2011
  20. Fucking THANK YOU! People don’t seem to understand this simple concept, and it drives me insane. I want to walk up to those chicks and whisper loudly, “Psst! I’m sorry, but you seem to have forgotten your pants! How embarrassing for you!”

    Comment by MonsteRawr on January 10, 2011
  21. Back in the day a friend of mine had a great saying: Leggings are a privialedge not a right. Its SO true.

    Comment by Michele on January 10, 2011
  22. Hahahahahahahaha this is amazing. So true.

    Comment by ClassyFabSarah on January 10, 2011
  23. *wild applause*

    Comment by Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah on January 11, 2011
  24. So true! And does anyone else notice how Kim K. has a cut out in the back of her blazer to frame her butt? Not her best fashion decision!

    Comment by Jenn on January 11, 2011
  25. YES. Exactllllllly.

    Comment by Loukia on January 11, 2011
  26. Thank you for providing this valuable public service.

    Comment by Lorna on January 11, 2011
  27. And that is Olivia photo shopped.(re: super hot bikini shot) Why are these people trying to destroy my self image?

    Love the groove! My best sister just got me a new pair for Christmas 🙂

    Comment by Heather on January 11, 2011
  28. YES.
    That’s all, folks.

    Comment by Heidi on January 12, 2011
  29. This is why I thought of you this morning. I so wish I would have gotten a picture of the pregnant woman at the GYN office waiting for her ultrasound. She had on tights (as pants) a sweater and hooker heel boots. It was all kinds of wrong. Next time I’m taking a picture.

    Comment by AmazingGreis on January 12, 2011
  30. i love you.

    Comment by amy turn sharp on January 12, 2011
  31. So can we make this a law? And arrest people who break this law?

    Comment by Sarahviz on January 13, 2011
  32. Standing ovation. Someone had to tell them.

    Comment by Kim on January 16, 2011
  33. If you can go to the beach wearing nothing more then a white string bikini then wearing leggings as pants is not even remotely a issue. I think I will continue to wear leggings as pants as long as women wear bikinis that are no different then wearing a bra and panties.

    Comment by Jim on January 16, 2011
  34. Ha. Well, if your name is JIM…and you are wearing leggings at all…there are LOTS of other issues there. ahahahah.

    Comment by alimartell on January 16, 2011
  35. I saw someone wearing leggings as pants today and cringed. Thanks for writing about them in a “how not to wear” post. So true.

    Comment by Eden Spodek on January 16, 2011
  36. Olivia Wilde abusing leggins? OMG!!!

    I always cringe when I’m passing the leggins aisle… time to buy a cute long sweater dress and awesome boots..

    Comment by pamela on January 18, 2011
  37. This post had me laughing and then also wondering, ok, I think that one sweater I pair with leggings has shrunk juuuust enough to not be ok anymore, booo! PS The Kardashians LIVE in leggings as pants, I will never understand it but they seem to rock it …

    Comment by Katherine Malone on January 21, 2011
  38. who made you fashion god ? just go back and wear your bags. I bet you are fat and ugly.
    I love leggings with small tight tops and you know what ? I look good in them !

    go away you fatty

    Comment by Erika on May 16, 2011
  39. I have two pairs of leggings, and I wear them properly. AT ALL TIMES.

    Comment by Mari on May 16, 2011
  40. What about us poor tall girls who have a cute sweater like the one you are wearing above but it barely covers our bums? What are we to do?

    Comment by Jen Maier on May 16, 2011
  41. HA! Then you need to find longer sweaters 🙂

    Or wear the sweater that barely covers your bum with actual pants, like jeans!

    Comment by alimartell on May 16, 2011
  42. Dude. I can see the last girl’s camel toe. And it was disturbing.

    Comment by Meredith on May 16, 2011
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  46. I think you have lost this tired worn out argument! Go anywhere and you will see girl after girl wearing leggings as pants. Besides, if you don’t like it, quit checking out their butts!

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  50. OMG i am in love with you, i am 100% behind you on this one and i think the awareness needs to be spread. I do what i can to stop this current outbreak however i cant take it on, on my own!! I have resorted to informing said legging wearers that they are not pants if i see someone wearing them as pants, simply because im a nice person and clearly their friends and family are not nice enough to mention it to them!! i also think shops selling them should have a sign about them saying “These are leggings and are prohibated to be worn as pants” DRIVES ME INSANE!! these people would not go out in a pair of stockings……….or would they!! thank you for your brilliant post!!

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