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Leggings, Which Are Totally Pants!

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If you know me for more than five minutes, you know I love me some leggings!  I have countless pairs of them and sport them on the regular.

I can stop whenever I want!

What I really love about them, besides the comfort factor, is that leggings are a great way to express your fandom while really showcasing your legs and booty.

Now, having said that, there are some that don’t feel that leggings should be worn as pants.  Meaning, you must have something over the top of them, like a skirt.  I say, “Nay” to this, as leggings are totally pants!

When you buy a new pair of leggings, you must do the “bend over” see-thru test to see how long your top should be or if you should actually pair them with a skirt or a pair of shorts.  Not all leggings are created equal.  Some are paper-thin and some, which I will give you a link to the sites, are nice thick spandex, durable and hold their shape.  Not to mention the cut is long enough for tall ladies and the waist stays put.

So, how do you style leggings?  Well, because they are tight, a top that is more loose fitting is great.  If they have a print, I try to keep the top solid.  With the solid top, I accessorize with long necklaces.  Jackets are also great when it is colder out.  As for shoes, tall boots are always a great idea.  Boots of any length go great with leggings.  I also like to pair mine with high top sneaks as well.  Here are some of my favorite leggings outfits.


The leggings are from Gold Bubble, one of my favorite clothing companies. I’m wearing an XL and I’m a size 18/20 for reference.  The necklace is from Hot Topic.

These leggings are from Living Dead Clothing.  I’m wearing a XXL. Widow shirt from Her Universe.  Photobomb courtesy of Scout.

These mermaid leggings and my Cap leggings are from Castle Corsetry.  I’m wearing a XXL.

I highly recommend the leggings from all three of these companies.  The fit is good, they are plus size inclusive, the spandex is thick and durable, the cut and fit are fantastic.

I did get a comment once from someone that said, “I wish I could wear leggings.”  I asked her what she meant because as far as I could tell, she had legs to put them on.  She said because she is a plus-size, she can’t wear leggings.  I told her she is the boss of her and CAN wear leggings if she wants to.  My usual sarcasm aside, I know some people are wary of going out in leggings.  I used to be as well.  Body confidence and positivity is not always an easy thing to have.  I have my bad days as well.  Example, I was very self-conscious of wearing my Cap cosplay without the long shirt to hide behind.  Ironically, this isn’t the cosplay that shows the most skin, but we hear and see people body shamed regularly on social media and in the press.  It has an effect that cannot be denied.  So, there I am, legs just “there” for all to see.  You know what?  I really like that picture.  I look pretty.  I was honored to wear this cosplay and will always be honored to wear that cosplay.  Castle Corsetry made that for me and it is just so perfect!  My legs are strong.  They literally take me places.  I go to the gym and work them out regularly.  Yep, they are plus size just like the rest of me.  This is what I look like.  Period.

When you express yourself through fashion, you automatically feel better.  Reason being is that you are telling the world who you are.  What you are about.  This is me!  Living out loud.  Easier said than done, right?  I get it, but I challenge you to move out of that comfort zone and see what happens.  I bet good things come about.  Keep me posted.

So, send us some pics in your favorite leggings!  We love comments and pictures from you guys!

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout



Kim Henderson McAndrew, author of the book "In Plain Sight: Using Everyday Cosplay To Express Your Inner Superhero". She loves nerdy fashion, everyday cosplay in particular. Her main fandoms are Marvel, Star Wars and Disney.

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