Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Lively Teenagers Refuse to Wear Denim

Monday, March 4, 2019

You see them everywhere. Hordes of young women, clad in T-shirts and wearing leggings as pants. It's become the norm. You see, once you start wearing leggings as pants, you don't stop. You can't stop. Gone are the days of waking up in the morning and thinking, "You know, I think I'll wear jeans today!"

The leggings-as-pants trend is more than just a trend. It's a lifestyle. Leggings are the ultimate bottoms. You can dress them up, dress them down, exercise in them and wear them in every season! Which means that they are a good deal because you can get a lot of use out of a pair of leggings. They come in a plethora of materials, colors, patterns and lengths. They're a multifunctional textile (which means you can get more use out of them)! Not to mention, they are comfortable!

Denim is very restrictive compared to cotton blends, and in more ways than one. There are no universal sizes for women's clothing; therefore one pair of jeans marked as a size 6 will fit you entirely differently from another pair of size 6 jeans. Leggings usually don’t come in numerical sizes, which makes finding a flattering pair of leggings much easier than finding a flattering pair of jeans.They are also typically less expensive than jeans. They are easier to make. Furthermore, because most pairs of leggings contain a higher concentration of spandex material, they offer more mobility than your standard pair of jeans.

My parents don't think wearing leggings as pants leave enough to the imagination. They say wearing leggings as pants, without something to cover your bottom, is too provocative. Older people say it's a generational difference because people my age don't see the problem with not dressing "modestly.” I asked my friends if they preferred jeans to leggings and if they wore leggings to get attention. The unanimous response was that leggings are preferred over jeans because they are comfortable and versatile, not to pursue attention or provoke anyone to comment on their physique.

I do agree there is a generational difference. People my age dress for their comfort, and for their own enjoyment: they don't dress for attention. People my age are more respectful of other people's bodies. We are not concerned with "leaving something to the imagination". We do not dress to appease society. We wear what is comfortable, what we can get the most use of, what is multifunctional, and cost-effective. It is not up to you to try and imagine what we look like under our clothes. What I wear is up to me and me only, and I'll choose leggings over jeans any day.