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Ally: My friend Stacey has taunted me with a photo of her new boots. You see?

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They’re Lyme Grass Clarks. Which I feel is a weird name. Am I off-base here? Lyme Grass? Whatever. They’re amazing and I want them really bad-like.

L-A hates when I bring this up, but I must. I still love the leggings and boots look. Even without pants. I believe in leggings as pants, this won’t change. I was at Envy the other day purchasing my cute new Vera Moda skirt, and the salesperson was wearing the best pair of black leggings with a striped shirt and brown boots. I totally wanted her outfit. As in I thought about convincing her to do a tradesie in the changing room. I hated my outfit that day. That would have been weird though. Right?

Anyway, Stacey purchased these at  The Outdoor Store in Baddeck, NS. She tells me that they were a total impulse buy  (she bought them after convincing another woman who was trying them on to buy a pair for herself). She also informs me that Rose Pino (BEST NAME EVER) who runs The Outdoor Store is lovely and the greatest saleswoman ever.

Let’s look at photos of leggings as pants, shall we? Intern Krista’s head is going to explode. This is mean to do to her on a Monday, but I’m selfish.

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Now, I know what L-A is going to say. She’s going to say that I don’t have the guts to wear leggings without pants. She would be right. Perhaps this should be a challenge. I would require tequila.

And, since I missed Friday’s post due to work. I’d like to share a crappy video with you on a Monday. I have no idea why, but this video intrigues me. It’s so craptastic that vomit may actually be flying out of the screen. Obviously, that’ s not enough of a reason for me to not love it. Enjoy.

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I feel strongly that any red-blooded man would run from the room if a woman walked in wearing the lingerie that Nicole is sporting. That shit is offensive. It’s like a sports bra with doilies over it. Put some effort into it. Or don’t. Same results.

L-A: Apparently posting Britney Christmas videos on a Friday is not enough to save me from leggings as pants (just wrong) or Enrique videos (even wronger).

For reals?

That is the last time I voluntarily post Britney. Last. Time.

After emailing Ally about my displeasure over leggings as pants, I’ve decided it’s time to settle this once and for all.  I mentioned this on our facebook and folks, you are 99% in agreement with me. So why does it keep happening? Why is there confusion? Let’s examine:

Exhibit A. pants

 

Exhibit B. not pants.

I will admit, that the pants I chose to represent pants are very pantsy. They are trousers.  I will admit, that not all pants have to look like that. They can be all different cuts and those cuts can be “skinnier” than others. The key difference became clear to me when reader Nikki commented with the following: CYC – Cover Your Crotch.  That’s it! Leggings are not pants because they don’t really cover your crotch. Oh sure, there is an opaque layer of fabric between the world and your girly bits, but I am seeing more than I want to see. What pants can do that leggings cannot is they can cover your girly bits all on their own. They don’t need a really long shirt or a sweater dress to cover the nether regions. They can do it all by themselves.  And if they don’t? Well, then your pants don’t really fit and maybe you should reconsider wearing them.

Wear your leggings. Go for it! Embrace them! Just don’t wear them as pants. They are not pants-like substitutes. They are leggings.

Now, let’s put this issue to bed once and for all and never speak of it again.

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9 Responses to Shoe Porn Monday: Stacey’s Boots

  1. Natalie Joan says:

    OK, I can agree that Exhibit B should never, never happen. But where is the line. I like leggings as pants if the accompanying shirt is long enough. As in, the shirt covers your crotch.
    Of course, it could be argued that in such a case, the shirt is actually a dress and you are wearing leggings as tights. But to me, a dress needs to reach at least 6 inches above the knee to qualify for the label, so that is perhaps another debate.

  2. Intern Krista says:

    Yup, head exploding.

    Blair Waldorf was definitive on this matter: leggings are not pants. I concede that the first two pants-boot combos in the post are mostly cute, but only because the women featured have two clues.

    Most people who take on this look have no clue and that is why it must be stopped, as L-A has brilliantly pointed out in Exhibit B. An anecdote, if you’ll indulge me. Stopped by one of my usual stops the other day and the young woman in front of me was attempting this look. However, her leggings were tight, her jacket only covered her to the waist and her underwear was very visible and granny-like. People cannot be trusted to use this look responsibly, therefore it must be condemned absolutely.

    Your witness…

    • allygarbs says:

      Here’s the deal. If you’re dumb enough to not wear a shirt that CYC/Ass then you shouldn’t be allowed out in public. Seriously. Why are you in public? That’s not even up for discussion. That’s porn. Bad porn.

  3. Diana says:

    L-A, you win. No question. The end.

  4. Gina says:

    THANK YOU!

    Someone needed to say it. I’m so glad you did.

  5. Joyce says:

    You know… I went out wearing leggings as pants at Halloween, and am convinced that I looked awesome. And I have a lot more ass than any of the women pictured above. But it was Halloween, and there was considerably more vodka involved in the getting dressed process than there normally is. But I’ve come around to leggings-as-pants. It’s tricky to make it work but it sometimes looks cute.

  6. Jill says:

    I’m with L-A, I hate leggings as pants. I only wear them with a tunic-ish top that covers my butt. As an alternative, I bought a great pair of skinny black pants at Gap. They’re stretchier than normal pants and fit *almost* like leggings, but they’re made of a thicker material and have buttons and a fly that make me feel more secure.

  7. Kristine says:

    Leggings are not pants. They will never be pants, they never were pants, they never even could be pants.

    I can think of a few people who need to get the memo already.

  8. Trudi says:

    Ok I get it, leggings are not pants.

    But catsuits are versatile, right?
    http://www.milanoo.com/upen/m/200811/Velvet-Purple-Lycra-Spandex-Catsuit-4201-1.jpg

    Evilly yours,

    Trudi

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