Leggings ain’t britches: Tennessee woman colorfully explains how to wear pants in viral rant
A Tennessee woman outlined her highly specific guidelines, using colorfully colloquial language, for wearing leggings in a Facebook video that has been viewed millions of times.
Jamie Higdon Randolph, of Cleveland, posted the “public service announcement” earlier this month, as she welcomed “legging weather.”
“I love legging weather,” Randolph said, employing the dropped-G. “I don’t care if you don’t love leggings — don’t judge me. They’re comfortable, they don’t cut into you, they’re always the right length — they feel like pajamas. I love them. You can dress them up, you can dress them down, you can look like a frat girl or you can look pretty classy in them — depending on what you choose to pair with them.”
Randolph said she couldn’t find her leggings, so she briefly tried on her daughter’s — only to find they didn’t fit properly — and she recorded a two-minute rant Oct. 15 before driving to buy a new pair.
“Some of you people like to use leggings as britches, as pants-pants,” she said. “That ain’t how they’re supposed to be wore. If you can’t wear a shirt that covers your tail, so I can’t tell you have some Aztec-print thongs on, you don’t need to be wearing them. That’s Rule No. 1.”
“If they’re too tight, (so) that I can see a tattoo on your leg, they’re too tight,” Randolph added. “They ain’t to be wore, period — that’s called pantyhose, honey. Pantyhose, lord Jesus.”
Leggings and yoga pants have provoked bans at some schools, at least one lawmaker has proposed a statewide ban on tight-fitting pants and some social media users mock overweight women who wear them to Walmart.
“See, leggings, most of the time it don’t matter how big you are, as long as you keep the tail end covered,” Randolph said. “You can be a big old girl — I’m a big girl, I’m a thick girl. I got thick legs, I got thick calves, I got a big old butt — and I got a big old gut. So you got to conceal it.”
“You wear your longer shirt, like a tunic, (and) sometimes you can wear them with a little dress, that’s fine,” she continued. “Wear them with boots, you can wear them with flats, you can wear them with all sorts of things. But make sure your tail is covered. Nobody wants to see what kind of panties you got on, nobody wants to see anything going up in any body part that you have, I assure you. I mean, that stuff’s left for the bedroom. It don’t need to be running around town. It’s awful. Don’t do it, you’re welcome.”
Watch the entire video posted on Facebook:
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Posted by Jamie Higdon Randolph on Thursday, October 15, 2015