Fall Fashion – A Plea Against Leggings

Let’s just get it out before we start – I am at war with the world of leggings. That spandex pant that used to be just for lounging and workouts has made it’s way onto the Lansing stage with a vengeance, wrapping itself around college kids and grown women alike. Leggings are everywhere and I’m here to say that you, gentle reader, are better than them. Leggings are boring; you are not. Let’s have some fun with style this fall and stray from the expected into the fabulous.

Here are some ideas from the world beyond skintight cotton-poly blend:

Images from: Modcloth (2, 7); Anthropologie (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11); – Janellehaskin (4)

The Skinny Cord (1) – pair with ballet flats, a hip length open sweater, tight tee, and a voluminous scarf to play with the balance of the slim pant
Tailored Cargo Pant (10) – military chic is the “it” look now, combine this pant with a lacy ivory blouse and brown heels for a strong, yet feminine look
Boot cut Jean (8) – skinny may be all the rage, but those of us with Michigan winters to look forward to understand the value of a jean that can fit some long johns or thigh high socks under it
Knee-Length A-Line (7) – a fall classic in candy apple red, with thick tights, a pair of boots and an army jacket, you’re ready brave whatever wind and rain may come
A Fantastic Dress (9) – now that cooler weather is here we can break out the thicker fabrics and darker prints, try a wool plaid with t-strap heels for a night out

There are so many options out there that leggings should be relegated to the gym, cleaning the kitchen, and sick days. Find something that sets you apart this fall and, like the leaves when stripped of their chlorophyll, when you’re free of your leggings your true color will shine!