leggings as pants

Leggings as Pants: Now worn *without* pants

We’ve been saying for a long time now that leggings are not pants, nor should they be worn as pants. We have a horrible feeling we’re fighting a losing battle with this one, though, because not only are these leggings being worn AS pants, they’re also being worn WITHOUT pants. Underpants, that is. Because there’s just no way you’d be able to avoid a VPL in these, is there? This just CANNOT be comfortable, can it? Wouldn’t you just feel so exposed, knowing that  you were just a few short centimetres away from a citation for indecency from the real-life police? All we can say is that if you’re buying these, please think carefully about the fit. Too small will…

stuck together clothes

Stuck Together Clothes Crimes: The Leggings-Shorts Combo

It’s Friday, so we’re going to start this arrest with something positive, and say we appreciate the effort to prevent a leggings-worn-as-pants situation by covering the crotch area with shorts. We’ve always said that we can get on board with leggings-as-pants as long as the crotch is covered, and that is… well, almost the case here. We could argue that crochet doesn’t exactly make the best crotch-coverer, but hey, it’s a start. On the flip-side of this, we also appreciate the attempt to make the shorts less, er, revealing  than they would be on their own, by adding the leggings underneath. Crochet shorts just don’t really work without something solid under them, do they? All of that said, however, the truth…

leggings are not pants

Leggings are not cycle shorts, except when they are

Now that fashion brands have managed to convince so many of us that leggings are, in fact pants (If you need proof of this statement, we’d like to invite you to come for a stroll around the mall closest to the Fashion Police HQ any day of the week. It’s hard to find people wearing anything BUT leggings-as-pants there…), they need some other horrible fashion trend to damage our eyeballs with. Enter the leggings-worn-as-cycle-shorts-and-legwarmers look. Didn’t see that one coming, did you? The text next to these leggings on the Modcloth website talks about athletes, and podiums and triathlons, and that kind of thing. We have absolutely no idea what any of that has to do with these leggings (unless, of…

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Contender for the ‘Worst Leggings in the World’ Award

There is no ‘Worst Leggings in the World’ Award. Well, not yet, anyway. Actually, we don’t think there should EVER be a Worst Leggings in the World Award: partly because it would be a major mistake to actually REWARD such bad behaviour from the fashion world, but also because there’d be no point: these leggings would win. Unless, of course, they were disqualified on a technicality. Can you call these “leggings” when they don’t really cover the leg? It’s one of the mysteries of the universe. That and the fact that they even exist at all… [Buy them]

Daniel Palillo mesh leggings

Crime of Fashion: Daniel Palillo mesh leggings

We’re just two days into March, and we think we’ve already arrested 2012’s biggest crime of fashion: these Daniel Palillo mesh leggings, which are $176 here. Actually, scratch that: these aren’t just the ugliest items of the year so far: we think they may be the ugliest – and most inexplicable – items of all time: If you can think of a reason why these need to exist, we’d be fascinated to hear it. (Please note that the peep-toe boot rule is in effect here. Although, in this case, we really don’t think we’d have needed the ugly shoes to let us know that this is, indeed, a Crime of Fashion…) [Thanks to Frida for the report!]

Black Milk Muscles Leggings

Black Milk Muscles Leggings: gorgeous or gruesome?

Remember Heidi Klum’s 2011 Halloween costume? This is the budget version, by Black Milk. Of course, you’ll have to sort out the top half yourself, but …actually, on the other hand, perhaps people will be too busy looking at your legs to even notice? What do you think: would you wear these? If you would, you’ll need $75AUD, and to click here… (Thanks to Nikki for the report!)

The Manifesto Legging’s manifesto is to be arrested

This is The Manifesto Legging by Hellz Bellz. (Side note: why do so many brands refer to their products in the singular now? A legging. A jean. A shoe. Surely these are leggings, not “legging”? “Legging” sounds like something a plumber might do to pipes.) We can only assume the manifesto in question reads “get arrested by Fashion Police”. And we are more than happy to help out with that! Because, the thing is, people will wear these as pants, won’t they? These are just begging to be worn as pants. Fashion victims will hear their call and obey it. And then everyone will be walking around in suspender leggings – sorry, legging – and the Fashion Police jail won’t…

Betsey Johnson multi bang cotton lycra skins: say what?

When did we start calling leggings “skins”? Is that a thing now? Seriously? Is it a fashion victim thing, like “bang on trend” and “rocking”? Or does the word “skins” specifically refer to leggings that look like THIS: OK, let’s talk about this for a minute. Let’s address the elephant in the room. Or the “skins” in the room, rather. This is totally perplexing to us. Why would you want to have to tie your leggings to your legs? Under what strange set of circumstances would you look at a pair of leggings and think, “You know, I don’t think these are quite ugly enough. I wish they would wrap around the leg and tie at the ankle. We could…

Topshop banana print leggings

Go bananas at Topshop!

We know bright colours and prints are ‘bang on trend’ (to coin a phrase we hate) for this summer, but banana print leggings?  Really?  Isn’t that taking tropical print a little too far? We are curious to know what you think of these and how you would style them up (if, indeed you would style them up).  If you like these and want to wear bananas on your legs this season, you can buy them at Topshop for £20.

Starstyling holograph leggings

Daylight Robbery? Starstyling holograph leggings

Is everyone else seeing a pair of fishnet tights with a few sequins stuck to them?  Good, so are we.  Topshop however, see £145 of leggings.  That’s right folks, £145!  And they’re calling them “leggings”.  Now repeat after us: leggings are not pants.  Fishnet anything are not leggings. But wait!  It gets worse!

Religion Union Jack printed leggings

Union Flag fashion: yay or nay?

That Geri Halliwell.  She has a lot to answer for.  For when she wore that Union Flag (it’s only a Union Jack when it’s at sea, apparently) dress, she spawned a thousand other garments bearing the motif.  Over fifteen years later designers are still producing items such as these leggings. If you want to show your allegiance to the crown at the pool or the beach, Red Carter  are selling this delightful one-piece at Shopbop.  (We have to admit that we are slightly baffled by this as Shopbop isn’t a British site…) Will you be wearing Union Flag fashion to show your patriotism for the Royal Wedding this April?  (Just please don’t style the leggings as pants as ASOS have…

Plush cable knit legwarmer leggings

Stuck Together Crimes of Fashion: Legwarmer leggings

Yes, you heard us correctly.  These are legwarmer leggings.  Leggings with legwarmers knitted into them, if you will (though we rather hope you won’t).  We suppose you could wear legwarmer over your leggings if you really must, but do you want them pulled right up to your knees?  And won’t you want to take them off once the warmer weather arrives?  We are arresting these for obvious reasons, to languish in Fashion Police jail and think about what they have done.  (Or rather, what Plush have done in creating them in the first place.) Bail is set at $77 and can be paid here.

Stuck Together Clothes Crimes: Kettle Black ‘His Pants’ with attached thermal leggings

You know what sucks, readers? When it’s absolutely freezing outside, but you really, really want to wear your knee-length khaki pants, and absolutely nothing else in your wardrobe will do. Seriously, what’s a girl to do? Well, D’UH! You would wear them with a pair of white thermal leggings underneath, obviously! Because that wouldn’t look odd, or detract from the appearance of the shorts AT ALL, would it? Seriously, though, in the world of the Fashion Victim, there’s only one thing better than a pair of shorts worn with thermals underneath them (Edgy! Directional! Unexpected!), and that’s a pair of shorts with thermal leggings ATTACHED to them. We couldn’t make this stuff up, could we? These are by Kettle Black…

Fashion Police Glossary: “Meggings” – male leggings

A couple of weeks ago, it was brought to our attention that ASOS.com is currently trying to encourage men to wear leggings: and no, we don’t mean “under trousers, when it’s really cold” or “under shorts, for long-distance running”, we mean every day. As fashion items. Now, in the spirit of equal opportunity, The Fashion Police would have to say we can see no reason why men shouldn’t wear leggings if they so desire. If men DO want to wear leggings, however, we think they should abide by the same basic “rule” we ask women to observe. Yes, we’re talking about the Leggings Are Not Pants rule. Guys, this applies to you, too. Please don’t wear them as pants. It’s…

camel suedette fringe leggings

Taking camel toe to the next level

So, you’ve got the black fringed leggings. You’ve worn the rainbow fringed leggings to death, and the tie-dye fringed leggings are getting baggy around the knees. Where do you go from here? Its just so obvious: you go suedette. And camel. Because the camel toe just isn’t as effective in black as it is in camel, right? Someone out there must be buying these, as Topshop keep on flogging the same dead, ummm, camel? Oh, and they’re almost sold out! Buy them here for £28.

Ugly Betty leggings by Who’s Who

Apparently, Ugly Betty has dropped the “ugly”. Which, we’re assuming, is how these absolute stunners ended up for sale on the Yoox.com website, cast out of Betty’s wardrobe in a moment of fashion clarity… But, seriously, who doesn’t love an Argyle/floral/heart-embellished cross-breed pattern on their legs? With such bright base colours to build upon, the variety of costume toppers is unlimited! Perhaps you could turn these ugly ducklings into swans? If so, you can pick up a pair reduced from £130 to £79 from Yoox.com.

river island grey reindeer print leggings

Dressing Like a Toddler Christmas edition: River Island grey reindeer print leggings

It is true, we would all like our legs to be considered deer-like, and it is also true that few of us are blessed with cervine pins… but the Fashion Police can unequivocally state that popping a few reindeer on your leggings is never the answer! Indeed, patterned tights like these, with their banded design, are more likely to draw attention to the bits many of us would frankly rather hide, broadening calves and thighs and drawing the eye down towards the knee region… And that’s before we’ve even touched on the fact that Christmas-themed clothes? Are pretty much always a crime! If you fancy rocking the reindeer look this winter, you can pick these leggings up at River Island…

Thakoon crepe-jersey wrap pants

Stuck Together Clothes Crimes: Thakoon crepe-jersey wrap pants

“The cool girl’s alternative to leggings” say Net-a-Porter of this item.  “Stuck together crime of fashion” say Fashion Police.  For yes, this is a pair of leggings with a skirt stuck to them.  Mind you, there is no risk of these leggings being worn as pants, is there?  But look, look at what they have been styled with!  We do believe this is yet another example of the peep toe boots rule (if it has been styled with peep toe boots, it is probably a crime of fashion). But what’s that Net-A-Porter?  You want how much for this viscose-nylon blend creation?  £645 you say?  Why yes, that’s a perfectly reasonable price for a pair of leggings. What do you think…