Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Are Leggings Replacing Jeans? Part 1

 A longtime American wardrobe staple is in danger of extinction

From Business Insider - Ashley Lutz

Blue jeans are increasingly going out of style, and even industry heavyweights like Levi's and Gap are taking notice.

My Note:  Stop the presses! (Do they do that any more?)  

This article is from 2015 and I am not seeing that jeans are extinct yet.  In fact I have added to my collection in the past two years with several super skinny styles.  However, I am purchasing legging that somewhat resemble jeans and some are what would be considered yoga pants.   

My current employer (retail) allows leggings with the caveat that the top must fall below the seat of the legging; think tunic. I believe this to be a flattering look for the over 30 generation not exercising at the gym.  

However what I am seeing is more and more yoga pants and legging being worn; some flatter, some not so.   


The Business Insider article continues - And longtime industry leader Gap isn't all about jeans anymore.

The company is investing heavily in its Athleta activewear business, reports Sapna Maheshwari at Buzzfeed.

"My generation grew up wearing jeans — jeans are just a part of our life, and it still is, Athleta executive Nancy Green told Buzzfeed. "But this generation is growing up in yoga pants and activewear. So I think it’s just going to be bigger and bigger and bigger for the future."

As young consumers grow up, it's likely they'll continue to wear leggings and activewear instead of jeans.

Lululemon is one store,at my local mall, I have watch expand twice in the last few years. It deals almost exclusively in exercise wear and tights/leggings. There is a message there.   

What do you think?  When would you wear legging - if at all? 


  1. Would I wear leggings. Most definitely. I have more than a few pairs and find them super comfy. That does not mean I would give up my jeans though. That is one of the joys of being a woman. It is not either or. We have choices.

  2. I see London.
    I see France.
    I see leggings
    Failing to be pants.

    I’ll crop them off
    Til shorts they be.
    They still do not
    look good on me.

    Though they are all
    the rage at school,
    They still do not
    look wise or cool.

    I do not like
    All that they show.
    I do not like
    A camel toe.

    I will be glad
    When they are gone.
    I’ll no longer have
    To paint them on.

    Unlike tight jeans,
    They do not hurt.
    Now I can wear
    A micro skirt.

    They make it easy
    There is no doubt,
    To blend in while
    Out and about.

    They are so soft
    And comfy too.
    Though it takes butt and legs
    To look good on you.

    I think that I’ll
    Give them a pass.
    They display too much
    Of my old a**.


  3. I understand the comfort factor of leggings but they don't do it for me. Basically they are tight sweat pants. Lounge wear for around the house? It is a part of our society that is dressing down and I really don't like that trend.

    -Christina Cross

  4. Jeans are a worldwide fashion institution.
    I love my lycra based, stretchy, curvy 'gurl jeans'.
    Jeans and denim clothing are going nowhere, IMHO.
    I buy all my jeans (male and female) in thrift stores for mere pennies on the dollar.

    1. "Lycra based, stretchy, curvy 'gurl jeans" - That is my every day look. Even at the lingerie store, jeans rule.

      I don't think I have any boy jeans left. NYDJ are a great fit.

  5. Jeans are my everyday look as well. I wear lee straight leg 10L..great look and fit for me. I do not even own boy jeans. Sloppy ugly fit.