There are always going to be fashion trends that I can’t get behind. The ’80s look, for example. I hated it in the ’80s, and I hate it now. I just don’t think the looks are flattering on anyone.
But, of course, there are those trends that I start out hating and then see enough of that they grow on me. I’ve talked about Uggs already. I still think they’re hideous, and I will never understand why people in California wear them while also wearing shorts, but I can see their practicality.
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I may also be coming around on leggings. I still hate them most of the time, but I actually own a couple pairs now. I will say that I didn’t buy them. They were free when I bought some other items. When I got them, I figured I would use them as thermal and only wear them in really cold weather under pants or skirts. But then I tried a pair on with an outfit I had, and I really liked how it looked.
Of course, the leggings are just below the knee, so I wouldn’t wear them in public. And I know I’ve seen Muslim girls wear longer leggings with dresses, but I just don’t feel comfortable doing that.
But I couldn’t believe that I actually liked how the leggings looked.
Now, I must go hide in shame.
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Pop Culture Hijabi is a weekly column by Nadia Malik. Malik is a former newspaper reporter based in Chicago who’s now making her way as a freelancer. She spends entirely too much time watching TV and reading pop culture, fashion and TV blogs. She also occasionally consumes serious books and news. No, really. You can reach her at email@example.com with “pop culture hijabi” in the subject line, follow her at www.twitter.com/nadiamalik or simply leave a comment below.