Madewell knit leggings. Outfit one: TNA Brisco shirt, Aritzia. Madewell Outbound jacket (water resistant version). Nike Skateboarding snapback. Chelsea boots, TJ Maxx (similar here). Outfit two: Tommy Hilfiger button down (old). Madewell Transport tote. Sanctuary faux fur vest (similar here). Kendra Scott Elle earrings, c/o. H&M boots.
Before my trip to the UK last January, I went shopping to find a few cold weather basics that I could easily pack in my suitcase and not get sick of in my three weeks of travel. Although the trip was a few months away when hitting up the Black Friday sales, my mom and I looked around J. Crew during their 25% off everything deal of the day. I picked up a pair of ponte leggings to try on that actually had a side zipper and more than three seams. Hey, they were almost pants.
As a die hard lover of all things denim, going from raw Imogene + Willie skinny jeans to a stretchy pair of "pants" just wasn't going to happen that day. They were just not structured enough for me, and obviously way too long. I've worked retail myself, and I happen to know that J. Crew employees do get commission pay, so I didn't roll my eyes when the girl helping me suggested that I could hem them.
Instead, almost a year later, I stumbled across a pair of knit leggings at Madewell during my trip to New York that fit perfectly. I didn't care if I wore them to do laundry and nothing else. But slowly, the idea of pairing them with more than just lounge wear started to worm its way into my mind.
I know. There are much more important debates in the world than whether or not leggings are pants. But with a favorite insult of my generation being to call someone "basic"...I proceeded with caution. First leggings, then next thing you know I'm wearing over-sized long sleeve tees and Nikes while ordering a pumpkin spice latte. There's nothing wrong with those things and I stand by that. But I've never been able to make the whole leggings-as-pants thing feel organic to my style.
It took me a while. I reached for my favorite black skinny jeans instead of the leggings to get the same look. But finally, one morning when I got up for my 9:30 class at 9:15 (small campus perks), I threw on this flannel that I literally wear everywhere and leggings and called it a morning.
Now that I've shown myself that both the explorer/90s bro vibes and the more put together side of my style can be satisfied with leggings, I'm willing to experiment a little bit more. These are actually two of my favorite outfits of late which just goes to show that getting out of your sartorial comfort zone can be beneficial.