Leggings: Fashion or faux pas?


There have been many different fashion fads since the beginning of time. Adam dawning the fig leaf, men wearing heels, women blowing up their hair with aerosol spray, and the size of basketball shorts being near non-existent. Yes, they are all controversial in one way or another. But none of these can compare to the fad we are all witnessing in society today —leggings being worn as pants.

Before we go anywhere with this, according to dictionary.com, the word “pants” means, “a usually loose-fitting outer garment for the lower part of the body, having individual leg portions that reach typically to the ankle but sometimes to any of various other points from the upper leg down.”

With leggings, they can be seen through! You might be thinking, “No, the leggings I wear aren’t see through at all! I made sure that when I bought them, they would be impenetrable to the natural eye.” Think again! Next time you are wearing your leggings, ask your roommate what happens when you are in bright light or when you bend over.

Another factor that could make them a good option would be the price. They are very reasonably priced, and there is a variety of patterns and colors to choose from.

As a man on BYU campus, I was shocked to find the number of girls who would wear leggings as though they were pants. You would be doing the student body, the city of Provo and future generations a favor by opting to wear real pants. Despite the fact that leggings are cheap, have no name brands and are really comfortable, is it worth the cost of moral decency?

Adam Hewlett
Centerville, Utah

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