Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'm about to admit something I may regret

Friends, I have been biking around Philadelphia in this frigid cold. (That's not the admission that I may regret, I'm just setting it up.) It's REALLY cold out right now and having wind in one's face or on one's legs is not entirely pleasant. I plan to continue biking but I have to face facts and one of those facts is that my long underwear is straight up not cute.

I have been wearing my long underwear under pants and skirts. Under pants, whatever- I roll up my pants and then it's there to protect my legs. Under skirts it is pretty much the only thing I have to save my poor, shapely legs from wind burn. And seriously, you guys, this long underwear is working hard but is not at all fashion forward. So I have made a decision that I will enact today:

I am buying leggings.

This has been a difficult decision to make because I am staunchly opposed to leggings. I think they make people look somewhat thick and it makes me beyond twitchy when I see girls wearing leggings without anything over them. Leggings are not pants! I don't care how skinny you are, I feel awkward when I have to see the entire curve of your butt. You look like a male ballet dancer, minus the talent and codpiece. And when you take out the codpiece, well... what good are those kinds of pants?

I hereby make the following fashion promises to the world:

* I will not wear these leggings as pants, no matter what.
* I will not tell people I am wearing leggings.
* I will pretend the leggings I buy are just really, really thick tights.

And, for myself, I will be warmer on my bike and I can give my poor cuddle duds a rest.


  1. LEGGINGS. You would not believe how hard it was to find plain. black. leggings.

  2. this is a situation in which leggings are appropriate...they are not a fashion choice, they are practical. and the fashion gods will not smite you for them.

  3. Thank you, D. I hope you are right! Also, I am wearing them right now and they are awesomely warm.

  4. You know what, Meghann? I hate tights. HATE them. I hate putting them on and off, I hate how they make my toes feel, I hate how synthetic they are, I hate the waist band, I hate how they smother my ladybusiness. Hate 'em. You know what's awesome under skirts? OH MY GOD IT IS LEGGINGS. Nice waistband, stretchy comfort, no feet. They're a goddamn miracle. A year ago, I never would've believed you if you told me I'd be saying this, but it's true.

    If you find good plain black leggings (thick ones!), holla at a girl. I bought some HeatTech ones from Uniqlo that I like, but I want thicker ones. I wear them under skirts with knee-high boots, and I feel this does not put me in violation of any decency laws. But oh my, they are certainly not pants.

  5. reminds me of the scene in 'six feet under' where claire stands up on her desk and sings "you ride up my thighs."

  6. May I suggest leg warmers. They're easy to take on and off. You'll still need something under them like the leggings or long underwear for the sake of your thighs, but they can be rather fashionable-ish.

    Karen W.

  7. www.sockdreams.com
    You're welcome!

  8. Chou - I found some good ones. I will bring you a pair when I come up to see you.

    Karen! OMG! I saw the cutest legwarmers in KMart and almost got them. I'm not sure I have the cajones to rock them, though.

    Jayme - YES!!!!!!!!

    Thesaurus - You have just changed my life.