Looks a bit drafty

1 May

I know I should be writing about our fabulous early term-break trip to LEGOLAND Windsor, and tying up the loose ends of previous days out to get ready for our upcoming excursions.  But I can’t stop thinking about trousers.

The lack of them, more precisely.  I’ve tried to describe this trend but I don’t think my words can do it justice.  Probably because I am too squeamish to use all the words necessary.  Like “naked butt hanging out” and “that does not look like a good place to get frostbite” and “a thong does not count as underwear”.

On the way to school this morning, as we passed attentive parents and children in cute, tidy uniforms walking or skipping or scooting along to school, I kept seeing women who were not wearing trousers.  Tops, yes.  Tights, yes.  Shoes, yes.  Something covering up the whole posterior area, much less the, um, anterior?  Nothing.  Like this, but with — I kid you not — a shorter jacket:

From Would You Wear Leggings as Pants?

Keep in mind, this is at 8am on a Monday morning during the school run, not after hours outside a club.  And not celebrities acting out their personalities on the world (as found in “Tights aren’t Pants = Fashion No No“, or  “wearing tights as pants“), but regular people — teens, college students, young professionals, mothers.  Oh.  My.

As long ago as 2010 the fashion police made a ruling:  Leggins are not pants, and tights are not leggings.  There is even a website devoted to destroying this trend — you can read their manifesto.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call for the destruction of a trend.  Walk around naked if you like.  Whatever.  (But I am getting some dark tinted sunglasses for summer, I promise you.)  However, coming to England, expecting to find Mary Poppins or at least graceful icons like Duchess Kate, and instead finding bare bottoms in see-through tights …. this is going to take some getting used to.

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11 Responses to “Looks a bit drafty”

  1. Tanya May 1, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    It seems to be a uniquely British trend, as I haven’t noticed it in the US or Europe. I just don’t get it! I love the blog category “lost in translation” because that just sums it up. At least the sheer tights with tiny denim shorts trend covers everything up.

    • Monique May 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      Well, that’s Lindsay Lohan in the photo, and I’ve seen several american celeb photos in this trend — so keep your eyes open (if you dare) — you may be seeing it soon. 😉

  2. Tesni May 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I sometimes inadvertently join this trend, because I’m so tall, dresses in high street shops are a little shorter than I’d like! Leggings are my friend!! Not nearly as bad as that photo above. My bum is covered I promise 🙂 If you see any places that sell dresses for 5 ft 11 girls, let me know. Tall sections in shop call 5 ft 7 tall….

    • Monique May 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      Oh, where to shop for clothes is a whole other topic. It’s like everyone is 5’5″ and 120lbs.

  3. Zazzy May 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Leggings are not the same as sheer tights! This post made me think of this quote from Shelley Winters, “I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.” I’m not sure that even if I were 22 with a great body that I could manage sheer tights and a really short skirt!

  4. Living Life as an Expat Parent May 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Hahaha and hear, hear! I saw a mother in subway weeks ago in a summer jumpsuit with her pants hanging out of the bottom. I felt mortified for her!

    • Monique May 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

      I just don’t get it. Even if you’re absolutely gorgeous and fit, it still looks terrible.

  5. Cassia Douglass May 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    I miss you!

    • Monique May 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      Miss you, too! Don’t make me cry, I’ll be back to writing emotional breakdown posts if I’m not careful. {hugs}

  6. greatscott3 May 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    i have wondered the same thing! not only is it not so cute but i just think they must be so COLD! i am typically in like 3 shirts, tights, jeans and knee high boots…and still chilly. How are they going around half-nekked??? haha!

    • Monique May 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

      Ha ha ha. I wonder if the style is even more prevalent in a university town like yours?

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