9 Leggings Myths, Debunked in 3 Minutes

9 Leggings Myths, Debunked in 3 Minutes

There are so many different legging myths that are spreading around the internet. It’s so hard to know what to believe! One thing’s for sure, if you heard it from someone who heard it from someone…the truth has already been lost.

So, we’re here to debunk them for you. Here are the nine most common myths we have seen floating around and just what we think of them…

Myth #1: Leggings should only be worn for workouts

We’re not sure who started this rumor, or why, but we can hazard a guess. It was that mum standing in the school pick up line done up to the nines, feeling like she had been cheated by the mum that rocks up looking amazing in her leggings with little effort.

Ah, we get it, it can be tough to compare. But, let’s look at this rationally. When you’re spending your day running errands, doing housework, and generally keeping busy, wouldn’t you be more comfortable doing it in your leggings?

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That’s what they’re good for! Forgot the restrictive pants that give you a decent wedgie every time you move in the wrong direction. Leggings are the perfect, everyday wear that look good, feel good and increase your productivity. Win, win and a bonus win!

Myth # 2: Not everyone can pull off leggings

All body types are beautiful, amazing, and should be celebrated. Since when did we become so narrow-minded that we suddenly expect every woman to be a size 8 or less, with a decent thigh gap and toned from head to toe?

Puh-lease. Women come in all shapes and sizes, and the brilliant part – leggings cater to all these shapes and sizes! They come in such a variety of styles, there is something for everyone. Rock those curves, shake those hips and be yourself. 

Myth # 3: Leggings aren’t pants

Say what?! The people spreading this myth clearly haven’t picked up a dictionary lately. According to Merriam-Webster, pants are “an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle”. 

Sounds like leggings fit the bill in this case and can be clearly put into the pants category. Some fashion experts even suggest they can be worn to the office as long as you style them correctly.

Next time someone wants to suggest otherwise, you might want to pull out your handy pocket dictionary (aka, your phone) and set the record straight once and for all.

MYTH # 4: All leggings are see-through

There is nothing someone fears more than squatting down, only to expose their bottom half to the world. We get it, this is a legitimate fear, but it’s also a myth.

While some leggings are see-through – think the cheaper ones on the market that stretch just a little too easily – if you invest in a quality pair, you’ll be fine.

If you’re really worried, opt for one of the thicker fabrics and put them to the stretch test before buying. When trying them on, bend over in front of a mirror and check out your behind. You’ll know for sure one way or another!

MYTH # 5: Leggings ride up

You thought we had covered the butt end of things… but (note the pun) not quite!

Another myth that people hold is that all leggings ride up uncomfortably when you’re wearing them.

The truth is, wearing ill-fitted clothing is what causes this – this isn’t something that is specific to leggings. If you have found yourself with this issue, then you might want to consider upsizing.

MYTH # 6: You should stick to plain colors to not draw attention

A-hem, someone very plain Jane who isn’t interested in having a bit of fun clearly spread this myth about! If you’re going to wear leggings, you might as well have some fun with it.

No matter what, you’re showing off your curves when you pull on a pair of leggings, so why not have all eyes drawn to the awesome shapes and patterns?


The moral of the story? Leggings aren’t to be feared. They should be embraced and you should use them to let your personality shine through. If you are bold and outgoing, then let your choice in leggings do the talking for you!

MYTH # 7: Legging should only be made from Nylon-Spandex

This fabric has become very popular in recent years, which has no doubt given rise to this myth. While this is a fabulous option for leggings, it isn’t the only one out there.

This combination is a great one, and it’s lightweight, stretchy, and flattering, there are plenty of other combinations to consider, such as polyester + spandex, or even cotton leggings.

You need to factor in what you’ll be using them for and go and try on a few pairs. You might have a preference when it comes to what is most comfortable for you.

MYTH # 8: Leggings give you thrush

It is a widely known fear that leggings can cause a yeast infection. Naturally, this is something we all want to avoid! But once again, this isn’t a legging issue. It’s about the type of pants you choose to wear.

Being in non-breathable pants is what can cause yeast infections. And if you’re choosing to go without underwear, you lend yourself to a greater chance of picking one up. It creates heat, traps the moisture and creates a breeding ground.

So, you simply need to opt for a breathable pair of leggings and don’t leave home without your underwear.

MYTH # 9: Leggings cause chafing

We all know about that elusive thigh gap. Attainable for some, out of reach for others. The worst part? Feeling those inner thighs rubbing against each other as you exercise. Naturally, this myth has come from a place of fear.

Leggings do not, I repeat, do NOT cause chafing of any kind. As long as you have invested in a quality pair. If you have poor quality fabric, then yes, it might rub uncomfortably. But the majority of leggings out there won’t cause this problem.

There you have it, nine common myths that you have no doubt come across yourself. Moral of the story? Don’t go believing everything you read.

Facts are facts. Rumors… well they tend to stem from jealousy or a simple case of miseducation. Happens to the best of us. Let’s face it, when you rock leggings, you rock them.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Own it, flaunt it and be yourself. You will feel so much more comfortable and free in the process.

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