Why I Am Choosing To (Still) Wear Leggings

Rachel Marshall
Written by Rachel Marshall

It takes a bit to really rub me the wrong way.

But I found myself genuinely upset, disappointed and a tad outraged after reading the article, “Why I Chose To No Longer Wear Leggings” by Veronica Partridge. It got under my skin. The same skin that loves to grace yoga pants.

To sum it up, she is choosing not to wear yoga pants or leggings because she doesn’t want to entice men. She believes some men do not have as much self-control such as her husband, whom even admitted that it is tough not to look when women wear that specific article of clothing. She also wants to provide a good example of what to wear for her daughter.

Now you may be thinking, are we seriously having a debate about yoga pants? Yes. There is a lot more to it than you think.

While she starts with the disclaimer that this is her opinion and personal choice and that she isn’t telling women what to wear, I still felt outrage. It still felt like she was. Now this generalized viewpoint went viral and snuck into the minds of women everywhere.

My first reaction: “Hell no! I am not going to stop wearing yoga pants because of that.

From a feminist standpoint, it feels like we are taking a step backward if we were to go with this choice of not wearing yoga pants or leggings in fear of enticing men. It almost feels insulting to women who have fought for our rights and freedom to be able to wear what we want today.

It also pains me to think that a woman is choosing to do this to herself and now influencing other women with her public article about this decision on her website. Essentially, with this stance, we are limiting ourselves due to men’s emotions and lack of self-control.

She states, “If a man wants to look, he is going to look, but why entice them?

The sentence should have stopped after, “he is going to look.” He is going to look whether you are in sweatpants, a skirt, dress, or shorts. What if some men are attracted to red lipstick? Should we stop wearing that too? What if high heels are sexy to a man? Should we only wear those around the house as well?

Why do we have to think about not wearing things that makes us feel beautiful and confident out of fear that men might look at us?

As I have thought about and discussed this article, it starts to feel a little too ridiculous and a touch over the top. If I were to take a moment to be dramatic, I would challenge men not to wear golf pants. Maybe, while we are at it, we should write a letter to the Major League Baseball and demand they change the uniforms. Because how many women will deny checking out the athletes’ butts in those baseball pants? Husbands and boyfriends everywhere, have it known that those men will be enticing us as we sit through that game.

It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?

A man is going to look at me if he wants to regardless of what I am wearing. So I will be continuing to wear my yoga pants whether I am running errands or at the gym. I don’t care. I feel sexy and confident when I am wearing them. My skin is not showing and I do not have inappropriate body parts hanging out such as my breasts or butt.

It can be her personal choice to no longer where leggings in public. That is her decision, but I refuse to limit myself and how I feel inside and out. Let’s not limit ourselves, but rather,


  • Smith_90125

    Partridge blathered about not wearing leggings in public for the same reason the copycats did “ten hours in a hajib” around New York. They’re not saying, “see, I wasn’t harassed”, they’re saying, “YOU won’t be harassed”. It’s a subtle message telling other women what to wear, and criticizing them for it.

    If hajib and anti-leggings types like their choices so much, they can do it with their mouths closed. The only reason to flap their gums publicly is to tell other people how to live. But that’s not surprising, considering that both are religious fanatics.

  • Felix

    I must admit, I respectfully disagree, Rachael. Sure, generally men will look at a woman anyway, but yoga pants are skin tight, “may as well be naked”, clothes, and I can promise you, men will stare a lot harder, and a lot longer at you if you’re in yoga pants, and trust me, they’ll lust over you a lot more. Of course, I do understand where you’re coming from – you should be allowed to wear whatever you like – and if you’re ok with men staring at you, then that’s totally cool. I just think we have to accept that what Veronica is saying is true. The less you wear as a women (or the tighter your clothing), the more a man is going to look. It’s no one’s fault, it’s just instinct and hormones, but the reality is, the more you cover up, the less they’ll ogle. Of course that doesn’t mean you should wear a snow jacket instead 😉 She’s just highlighting a very real truth. As a married man, I hate it when I go to the gym and there are scantily clad women just like your header picture above. How could I possibly hate it? Because as guy it’s virtually impossible not to check out a scantily clad woman, and I don’t want to do that out of respect for my wife. But, I totally see where you’re coming from, and I respect your decision to want to keep wearing whatever you’re comfortable with. I just think we should respect Veronica’s point too.

    • Stephen West

      Couldn’t agree more with this comment!! You hit the nail on the head. Yoga pants are a step above all in terms of sexiness. It’s an absolute treat for the eyes to go to the gym, store, etc and see sweet yoga butts and camel toes galore!! No need to ever go to a strip club to see scantly clad hotties, just head on down to the gym or your local Walmart.

  • melissalop

    Whats ridiculous is being so offended by someone else’s opinion. She has every right to decide to honor her husband in any way she wants, and share that thought with others, without having to be shamed for it. Her opinion is not WRONG, its her opinion. Her decisions are not WRONG, they are her decisions. Im sorry, but there is nothing feminist or dignified about pulling other women down to show your own personal ‘freedom’. In the words of Paulo Coelho, “Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.” I respect her 100% for being brave enough to share her heart, and for being selfless enough to make a decision like that for her husband.

    • kshimmy

      Well, wouldn’t calling her “ridiculous” also be considered an opinion? I’m pretty sure she isn’t “WRONG” either. Actually, to not wear an article of clothing and to suppress oneself because others lack self control is an abomination and “WRONG.” I would venture to say that you don’t wear yoga pants and not for the reasons mentioned here. Again just another opinion.

  • SRR126

    I just wish the mostly fat chicks would stop wearing yoga pants and leggings – you can’t stuff 200 lbs of pork in that small casing.

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