Friday, October 24, 2008

I know I'm old but...

Department: Fashion Police

... this is ridiculous. What in the frickety frack is with all the leggings at Target? I just did a search on to find a couple pairs of particular heinous ones I've seen in store recently, and I came up with 175 --yes, one hundred and seventy freaking five -- results!

Let's start with these:
Black. Lame. Leggings. There should be an accent there, btw... although they are pretty lame, so I guess it works either way. And no, they weren't in the Halloween section as part of a "Sandy from Grease" costume. They were hanging in the Junior's section. Right along the aisle. Like they actually wanted people to see them. Where exactly would one wear these? Oh! And apparently they also come in gold and silver. Shoot me now... my brain hurts just thinking about it.

And now my eyes hurt right along with it, after finding these little beauties. The ones I saw in the store were white with a floral print similar to this. But, riddle me this... who can wear these and not have their backend look twice as big as it is in real life. Listen to me and listen good. Printed leggings are never, ever, ever a good idea. Not that leggings in general are the smartest fashion move (I don't care what Lindsey Lohan says), but printed leggings are particularly bad for your figure.

I do feel a little confession is necessary. I owned several pair of Liz Lange maternity leggings last year around this time when I was a mere month away from birthing a 9lb. 6 oz. baby boy. But I didn't like it. It was truly, for me, a last resort, and I only bought them out of sheer desperation because none of my other pants would stay up.

But other than the girls section, where it's cute to pair up leggings with dresses and tunics for the under-12 set, I really feel like there's no place for leggings. Certainly not in more than 100 different styles!!!

And if you are young and didn't live through the leggings craze back in the 80s, just take my word for it. You are going to look back at pictures of yourself and curse the fashion gods for trying to convince you that shoving your bottom half into a sausage casing as a good idea.

Jill blogs at Charming & Delightful, when she's not at Target, where she's been 4 out of the last 5 days. Seriously. It's a sickness.


  • I hope no one buys either of those pairs of leggings. The flowered ones are exceptionally heinous. You know that model is a size 0 and yet look how huge their making her hips. That's a crime.

    By Blogger Shadiva, on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • I agree about the lame leggings. I saw them yesterday when I was at the beloved Tar-jay.

    I will admit, though, that I own black leggings that I wear on the weekends to run errands and stuff with tunics. and I'm a child of the 80's so I remember their heinousness (if that's a word) back then- but I've begun to embrace them again. They are just so darn comfortable!

    By Blogger Andie, on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • I saw those today, and I almost cried. It was so awful. The lame' ones. Just awful.

    By Blogger k, on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • AHHHHAAHHHHHH!!! Good thing I'm going back to the eye Dr. next week, b/c I swear you just made me blind. Thanks for that!!

    By Blogger The Real Life Fairy Tale Princess, on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • I have way too much junk in my truck to wear these anyway!

    Besides, they're ugly as all get out too! LOL

    By Blogger Days like These!, on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • I owned those flowered ones WHEN I WAS SEVEN AND HAD NO ASS!! Also, leggings ≠ pants! You can wear them under a skirt, even under shorts IF YOU MUST, but they do not suffice when paired with just a shirt. Everyone can see your ladypackage.

    Also, my word-verification is 'blervan.' And THAT is how I feel about these leggings.

    By Blogger raych, on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • Leggings are of the devil.

    By Blogger Jenni Jiggety, on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • i was in target the other day and saw some leggings that were printed to look like jeans. they were the ugliest things i've ever seen. I almost bought them just to have on hand for some future daughter to wear trick or treating (or trick her into thinking I once wore them....Oh the humanity!!!) anyway....unless you're trying to be funny, don't wear them.

    By Blogger Seriously..., on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • It would be better to bring back those banana clips and layered socks - socks! we layered them! - then leggings.

    By Blogger EDW, on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • When I saw the first pair of leggings, the first thing I thought of was the American Apparel store, which has a whole lamé department (leggings, bodysuits, and all sorts of lamé goodies). The flowered ones are even making the model look fat, I can't imagine them on a regular person!

    I am hoping that the models are just wearing them like that so you can see what they look like, and that people who purchase them will at least wear them under a tunic, skirt, or dress.

    -- LolaGeek

    By Blogger Lola, on Friday, October 24, 2008  

  • hold me. This has trouble written all over it. Imagine if these get in the hands of the wrong person. Shivers.

    By Blogger ♥ Bekki, on Saturday, October 25, 2008  

  • I always wondered if the "real 80s" would ever make a comeback. Not the glorified version sold at Urban Outfitters and the like, that represents the 80s fashions we saw back in the day in music videos but nobody really wore. No, friends, floral leggings is the 80s I remember. And jeans with zippers on the ankles

    You knew those were coming.

    By Blogger Jennifer, on Saturday, October 25, 2008  

  • Oh my. I have yet to see those leggings at my Target. Hideous. Would make a great costume though for an 80s party.

    By Blogger Jen, on Saturday, October 25, 2008  

  • My eyes are burning. You should have put a warning on this post so I could have prepared myself for the horror.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, on Saturday, October 25, 2008  

  • Jennifer - I have seen those zipper jeans. And a friend of mine recently sent me a picture of a woman wearing -- wait for it -- STIRRUP JEANS at her kids' soccer game. A grown woman with children of her own who should have learned her lesson back in the 80s. So, so wrong!

    By Blogger Jill, on Saturday, October 25, 2008  

  • I thought Jennifer had beat me to the punch, but she didn't post the link to the hideous "acid washed" jeans with buttons on the ankles.

    Exhibit A:

    Exhibit B:

    I'm so very sad that I couldn't find the link to the ugly purple pair. I've been to Target 3 times since Thursday and every time I pick these jeans up off the sale rack and look at them with disgust!

    By Blogger Bets, on Saturday, October 25, 2008  

  • Hi there!
    I was absolutely in love with the lame leggings (particularly black and silver) at target for one reason: they were cheaper there than at American Apparel. Now i have no choice but to get them at AmApp.

    Lame leggings are wonderful!

    I recently matched up this season's acid wash T with my black lame pair last night for a night out on the town. A pair of hand me down dull-gold heels made the $30 outfit shine!

    By Blogger Tita, on Friday, February 20, 2009  

  • ACK ACK! The horror! I used to own so many pairs of printed leggings and loved one ever bothered to tell me in the 80s and early 90s how hideous they were, or if i'd have a camel toe...ACK!

    I can't believe these are back. They haven't been gone long enough, trust me.

    By Blogger JillyFlorio, on Sunday, December 13, 2009  

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