Have you noticed that the go-to pants for older ladies is increasingly leggings? At least in my town, I have been noticing this for a few months now. I suppose that one reason I noticed was that I have wondered how to wear them if you’re not a teenager. They seemed cozy and warm and very comfortable, so I began noticing them because I was thinking about them. I knew that they have to be under something long, but what? And what shoes do you wear with them?
One day I was at the grocery store and ahead of me in line were two women who looked well past my age who were both wearing leggings. I don’t think they were on their way home from the gym because they had pretty put-together looking outfits on that just happened to include leggings. I envied them, to tell the truth. I knew I’d never have the nerve to wear pants like that in public. And once I started looking I began seeing them everywhere.
I will confess that I had a few somewhat judgmental moments, when I thought, “Really? You’re not a teenager!” Like I’m some kind of fashion judge. And honestly, everyone I noticed was wearing them very well. No underpants or worse on display. Nothing like the iconic “People of Wal-Mart” photos you see on Facebook. Nope. Tasteful, all the way. I was just judging them because I didn’t have the nerve to wear a pair myself!
Until I started going to the gym, that is. Now I wear those very pants to work out, and I occasionally stop into the grocery store on the way home to pick up something to make for dinner. Last week it occurred to me to wonder if people look at me and think, “Really?! You’re not a teenager!”
And they are right, and I don’t even care what they think. So there it is!