The hyper-sexual cloud that ominously lingers over fashion today only seems to loom more heavily every time a seemingly innocent piece of clothing or trend reaches the point of inappropriate excess.

This time, the culprit is the legging—possessing all the qualities of accessory, utility, lounge wear, outerwear, clubwear, etc. The list goes on—as this apparently simple garment has been taken to heights that only serve to make women more dependent on their physical appearance in the name of  attractiveness or style.

The problem is that, more often than not, leggings are increasingly being worn in the most unsavory of ways, ways that may prompt someone to instinctively avert their eyes in case they witness something that shouldn’t be seen in the light of day, let alone in public.

I’ve seen it too many times. A young woman, robust or slender, takes it upon herself to wear a pair of barely opaque, second-skin leggings as . . . pants. The former being the most egregious offender, given the unflattering silhouette and sometimes graphic spectacle of visible, albeit covered, flesh. I am often perplexed by, and hard-pressed to wrap my head around, the idea of wearing something akin to underwear, something so thin that is seems oxymoronic to have worn the item in the first place sans a sensible overlay. The tights are usually accompanied by a short tunic, tank or blousy top that slightly skims the beginning of  the ass crack, not leaving much to the imagination. One could say that this “fashion-don’t” is just an unfortunate case of poor judgement; however, it is not a rare occurrence.

Poorly worn leggings is a recent look that has prevailed and spread like the flu in wintertime, fostered as a result of cultural pressures to constantly communicate sex through the way that we dress. We are so far from empowering ourselves that we’ve actually gone in the completely opposite direction. The majority of women, and those idolized in entertainment, trot out an excessively sexual image, indicating that we are, in fact, mindless drones all beating in time to the same overwhelming, male-dominated drum.

My other qualm stems from the lazily hackneyed way in which people are using leggings to “dress up.” The leggings and long top-thing couldn’t be less imaginative or bland. It doesn’t take much creativity to put on an over-sized shirt and black leggings and call it an outfit.  If anything, it’s such a dated, ubiquitous trend that, unless people at least attempt to step outside of the box, I call for an indefinite moratorium on leggings.

Alas, since I neither have the pull or authority to do such a thing, my only advice is this: take what the masses are doing and do the opposite. Or better yet, leave the leggings in the gym.

– Princess Glover

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  • Cyan

    Okay I wore leggings a few weeks ago and I found it uncomfortable. I wanted to try it and I don’t see what all the fuss is about!!! i don’t like it!! I wore mine with a thights (black) beneath so it gave a better shape and my legs looked firmer in them but I just felt that people were watching my behind – nothing else!!! So I know that if I am to wear it again I would have to wear a longer top as the top I wore it with just covered a part of my behind. I wore it because I wanted to and I didn’t like it much unless it is a dress or a longer top!!!
    I agree with the writer – Women just want to be noticed!! All those who talk about “people being ashamed about their body shape” know very well its ONLY Black women who dress like “Hoochie Mamas” Yes I took it there!!! Yes I did!!!
    You’ll Never see a Caucasian nor another race wear a leggings and a short tight top all the time or wear short shorts and other weird stuff. We always want to be the ones to say “Look at ME!!!” My a** is big and it jiggles!!! Tell me I’m wrong!!!

  • Buttons

    Um yeah…I don’t think that was an intelligent statement. With all due respect, it’s a little ignorant to say that only black women dress provocative. Moving on…

    • aliG83

      It’s not an ignorant statement because it doesn’t show she lacks an education. It’s a statement based on her experience.

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  • Buttons

    Well, I beg to differ. Not only what she said was ignorant, it is false. Her experience has nothing to do with facts. And the facts are that women all over the world dress provocative (aka “Hoochie Mama”). All you need is a television or a computer to see that, and I’m pretty sure she has access to both.

    But, again-the truth of the matter is that black women really want a man. We want a loving, healthy, partnership in the form of a companion or a husband. The provocative dress, the competitiveness are just symptons of a bigger issue- we’re tired of being manless.

    • AliG83

      You can beg to differ but most BLACK people use the word ignorant incorrectly.

  • Buttons

    Well, ignorance is what it is-the lack of knowledge. When people make statements that are totally false and that’s based on misinformation or miseducation, it translates into ignorance. In addition, the word “ignorant” can be used in different contexts.

    But, how about we just stick to the topic of discussion? Can you offer an intellectual perspective on why some black women, or women in general, communicate sex through the their dress?

    • AliG83

      Well, I can give two reasons that I believe Black women communicate sex through the way they dress.

      1. A lot of Black women base their value as a woman on whether or not they have a boyfriend/husband. It has been communicated to women that the only way a man will like them is if they dress sexy and can cook a decent meal.

      2. Black women are very critical of other Black women. I rarely hear Black women give each other compliments and if they do it is always a half-assed comment where they compliment the woman but then tell her what she should have done differently. Black women dress sexy because they don’t value any other part of themselves and the Black men out here damn sure aren’t looking for ‘brains over beauty’.

      I am IGNORANT to how this all came about.