The latest fashion monstrosity
Beware, the latest fashion monstrosity is a crime against jeans. And leggings. And women.
And the sight of those of us unfortunate enough to accidentally end up wandering behind a pair.
For those who are yet to happen upon the hideousness that are leggings made to look like denim - also known as "jeggings" - you have been warned.
The danger should have been obvious when fashionistas coined yet another ridiculous term (fusion fashion almost never works - remember "skorts") to describe the melding of two clothing options that should remain forever separate.
Jeans, or leggings - choose one.
The sole aim of this invention seems to be to allow for what appears to be denim to be wrapped very, very tightly onto one's legs, tighter than the tightest really skinny jean.
This means wearers run the risk of their legs taking on the look of plump sausage meat ready to burst through the skin.
But that's not the real problem. It's the fact that the leggings appear to be jeans, thereby giving the wearer the added incentive to don the jeggings without the appropriate complimentary garment on top.
Leggings should never be worn as pants. Wear them with a dress. Or skirt. Or even long knit that works as a dress for winter.
Leggings worn as pants have long been a bugbear of mine. But people keep on doing it, even though it almost always looks completely shocking (unless you are a size 8, toned, amazing glamazon - and we don't need to worry about those types because they'd look gorgeous in a head-to-toe pink velour romper).
Actually, even then, those thin leggings that get progressively greyer the higher up the thigh you go, highlighting the very areas most women don't want to highlight, can challenge the shapeliest of models.
But even more perplexing than the reasons why thin women choose to don the jeggings is the reason why curvy women choose to follow them.
I might sound harsh, but there are many women out there wearing leggings as pants who really, REALLY shouldn't. These women look beautiful wearing clothing items designed to flatter, not suction on.
The risks are wide and varied. They include camel-toe.