I have never been on the “leggings count as pants” team. Everybody can wear what they want, that’s fine, but for me, on my body, leggings do not count as pants. They feel like I am wearing pajamas, and I just don’t feel put together or cute. In high school, I never wore sweatpants or leggings to school, ever.
I know I am in the minority. At OCU, I have no friends who agree with me, male or female, that I know of. All of my female friends, as well as a few of my male friends, wear leggings all the time. And, unfortunately, so do I. Every single one of my classes has a dress code that requires me to wear clothes I can move in, and most of them have to be black.
Black leggings are easy to come by, so that’s what I end up wearing.
My goal is not to convince the world that leggings are bad. But, in 2012, researchers from Northwestern University published a study indicating that there is a possible connection between what one wears and one’s success. It is not proven that what you wear makes you more or less successful, but the idea is thought-provoking. The study shows correlations between wearing something indicative of one’s career and levels of success.
The study made me happy, because this is how I have felt my entire life. If I go to school in sweatpants and a T-shirt, I feel lazy and unmotivated. But when I put some effort into my outfit, I feel ready to work.
If leggings make you feel good, great! Keep on wearing them. But if you wake up and you feel lazy and/or unmotivated, try putting on an outfit that makes you feel ready. We all have that one shirt or pair of shoes that make us feel fierce. Maybe it’ll make a difference, or maybe I’m just nuts.
But no matter what, I still feel better in jeans.