'Leggins ain't pants' rant has people up in arms (VIDEO)

Oct 26, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. ET
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Leggings aren't pants. We know, we know. We hear this every day. The latest to tout this rule is a woman from Tennessee whose hilarious anti-leggings rant is going viral.

Jamie Higdon Randolph has a lot to say about leggings, primarily the fact that people wear them as pants and they are see through and that creates an issue. See below:


Randolph makes a point that many people have made before. And she does it in a very funny way, no doubt. Her personality and accent make the rant all the more shareable. That said, I just don't agree with her.

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The problem with leggings isn't so much that they are being worn as pants. The problem is that they are being worn by women who don't buy the right size. When cheaply made cotton leggings stretch, they show underwear. And sometimes even skin. Those leggings are not meant to be worn as pants. But then there are much more expensive kinds of leggings. Think Lululemon yoga pants. Now, generally speaking, these are not meant to be see through. So wearing them as pants is perfectly logical.

The reality is, what Randolph is talking about is size. If you are larger and you wear leggings, you have to buy them in the right size. Period. If you are embarrassed, don't be. People come in all shapes and sizes, but if you are plus size, you need to buy leggings that are made to fit you. The same goes for those of us who are not plus size, but also a little curvy. A pair of jeans might stretch to fit us in a flattering way, but in leggings, I would probably buy myself a medium rather than risking the small stretch factor. No stretch? No problem.

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I will likely always remain the kind of woman who chooses to wear long shirts over my leggings. I like to cover my butt. But I won't tell other women how to dress. It's not a hard and fast fashion rule. There really aren't any. Buying the right size and being honest with yourself are really the only rules when it comes to shopping.

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