We all know that fashion is cyclical. Every two or so decades, trends make a comeback; that’s why you might have noticed Y2K- and McBling-inspired (no, they’re not the same!) looks popping up in your everyday encounters and especially on social media. More specifically, TikTok. While some throwback trends are received with open arms (case in point: visible G-strings and tracksuits), others are welcomed with slight confusion. Enter: Yoga pants. Or, what teens are calling them now: Flared leggings.
Technically, nobody is wrong when it comes to the garments’ actual name. Yoga Pants vs. Flared Leggings. The internet’s newest debate, started when YouTube and TikTok sensation Emma Chamberlain took to Twitter and later Instagram (we’re keeping things cross-platform here) to share her love for UGGs and, you guessed, it flared leggings.
From there, TikTok users and comfort enthusiasts took on the task of recreating Emma’s chill outfit, which was composed of the controversial leggings, a turtleneck styled over an oversized varsity sweatshirt and topped off with a headband, and some white kicks.
Now here, at least for me, lies the real outrage of this silly controversy. People who wore yoga pants back in the day are just angry that you can actually make them look cute nowadays. I said what I said. I, too, remember wearing my yoga pants awkwardly with a spaghetti top, a zip-up hoodie, and flip flops. It’s ok. It was cool then. But now teens are revamping this loungewear staple and I’m here for it. (And you should, too.)
So, if you too, want to give yoga pants a second try or if you’re already all for flared leggings and have decided they will be your loungewear of choice during fall, we’ve rounded up a few options below:
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