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Is It Ever OK to Wear Leggings as Pants?

In this week’s Fashion Q and A,’s Style Editor, Charles Manning, answers your questions about how to wear leggings, finding the right sports bra, and what to consider when buying your first pair of real leather pants.

Q: Is it ever OK to wear leggings as pants?
A: A couple of years ago I would have said "no, never outside the gym or only as a layering piece under a skirt." But over the last few years, the line between what is a pant and what is a legging has been so blurred (hello, jeggings!) that it feels wrong to write off all leggings as being gym- or innerwear-exclusive.

For me, it really boils down to the thickness of the fabric and how you style them. If your leggings are flimsy enough that you can see through them in direct sunlight, then they’re not really pants, they’re underwear. Assuming your leggings are fully opaque, you still shouldn't wear them like you would any other pair of pants, because they're not like any other pair of pants. Instead, keep your look relaxed and layer up. Throw on a longer top to cover your waistband and most of the rise — the area between the crotch and the waistband. Then add a jacket that is longer than the top and wear it open in the front. Throw on some other stuff too while you’re at it: socks and boots, jewelry, a sweater. Add some prints and graphics in there too. Create some visual interest so the leggings don't dominate the look. And please, no shiny leggings. Ever. They just look cheap and overly tight and that's no good.

 From left to right: Rachel McAdams; Zoe Huxford; Jessica Alba

Q: I buy regular sports bras, but since I have big boobs I always end up needing to wear two. Is there a strong option for D+ girls that doesn't look totally clinical?
A: My personal favorite for this is Freya. The British bra maker really knows its stuff when it comes to making bras for D+ girls that are both beautiful and functional, and their sports bras come in both wired and wireless styles. Panache is another great brand for style and function and fits anyone from a B to an H cup.

In general, if you have larger breasts, you want to look for a sports bra that says “high impact” or “high support.” Often these bras will have more coverage in front, stronger stretch (so you don't have to wear two), real bra closures in back, and fully adjustable straps. Sweaty Betty has a bra called the Ultra Run that has really nice color blocking and is available up to a 36F.
 Underwire Sports Bra, FREYA, Racerback Bra, SWEATY BETTY, Underwire Sports Bra, PANACHE, 

Q: I really want a pair of leather pants, but I’m not sure if it’s worth spending $800 - $1000 on them.
A: Real leather pants are a big investment, so you’ve got to make sure you are going to get enough wear out of them to really justify the expense. Given that you probably cannot wear them to work (unless you work at Cosmo!), you want to make sure they will integrate seamlessly into your weekend wardrobe. Before you make up your mind, try a great pair of faux leather pants and see how often you actually wear them. A really great faux leather is almost indistinguishable from the real thing, especially at a distance, so you might find that you don't actually want real leather at all.

If and when you do decide that you’re ready for the real deal, consider a pair of paneled pants with leather in the front and fabric in the back. They’re less expensive than full leather pants, but give practically the same look. If you choose full leather, keep in mind that leather stretches out over time and can be very difficult to adjust, so make sure the fit is perfect and look for something with a little stretch to help them hold their shape.

Vegan Leather Pants, MOTHER, Leather-Front Pants, J. CREW, Super Skinny Leather Pants, J BRAND.

By Charles Manning

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