Pine and Magnolia Wreath

Can I ask you a question?

It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately and fretting about and wondering and trying to come to a reasonable conclusion on.

I just don’t know.

I don’t understand the concept.

So I thought I would phone a friend and ask one of the pressing questions of the universe.

Are leggings pants?

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And while we ponder let’s look at a few of my favorite home tours from this week.

I love everything about this space.

Fresh greens and neutrals and texture.

You can see the entire tour…

dear lillie

And then….just when I thought I couldn’t love boxwood any more?

I did.

And that pillow on the chair?


You can see the entire tour……here


And now for a little color.

Loved this ski lodge theme.

And that tree?

You can see the entire tour……here.

dandelion patina

I love the presents tucked in the cubbies.

I love the tree.

I love the stockings hung on the back of the chairs.

What is not to love about this beautiful home tour.

You can see the entire tour…

And in random news this week:

This proves vintage is best.

Five minute cranberry bread.

Tips and tricks to make the holiday simpler.

These pictures make me happy Christmas is here.

And super easy gift toppers from Magnolia Homes.

Felt Trees

And one more for the road.

DIY instructions for these felt trees…

Happy random Saturday to you.

PS  Have you decided?  Are leggings pants?

PPS  I’m taking over Kirkland’s instagram today and showing the cutest holiday entertaining ideas.  You can follow me on Instagram here and find me over on Kirkland’s instagram here.

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  1. Image for Barbara Barbara

    I just love your random Saturday posts and I click on everything:) The cranberry bread looks yummy and easy! Thanks for always giving us great ideas and tours and the best stories ever!!

  2. Image for Trina Trina

    Leggings are pants with one caveat...the shirt has to be long enough to cover your behind and some {ok maybe all} of my thighs. I am wearing them today in a festive gray and black fairaisle pattern!

    1. Image for Michelle (aka mybelle101) Michelle (aka mybelle101)

      I agree! Though, Jen Hatmaker really says it best: (Seriously, she's hilarious and I love her) :)

  3. Image for sydney85 sydney85

    I think you have to be careful about leggings as pants. Leggings under dresses and skirts look fabulous and the thickness is not really an issue except for matters of warmth. However, when you wear leggings as pants they must have a material of thickness that absolutely does not allow anything to show through. Even if you wear a long sweater or blouse the thickness of leggings as pants is crucial. I love wearing leggings with my boots as they feel warm and slimming but my leggings are thick. Just my opinion.

  4. Image for Diane Edwards Diane Edwards

    I had to laugh - I have often asked that question: "Who decided that leggings were pants?" when I am out in public and see someone stuffed like a sausage ready to burst out of its casings.....! I agree with other posters, the "bum" must be covered!!

  5. Image for Becky Becky

    No, leggings are leggings, meant to be worn with a dress, skirt or a tunic. Unfortunately I see too many ladies wearing them as pants. Love all the beautiful Christmas decorating you brought us today. Happy Saturday to you.

  6. Image for june june

    In my eyes they are as long as the top compliments the setting - in other words most of the time please cover the tush. They really are not much different than the stretch pants of the 60's and 70's - ok I'm dating myself, but I am on the later end of that time frame. What is more important is that trends are followed with good judgment. If they do not look good on your body type pass. It's more important to present yourself how you want to be remembered and develop your own style.

  7. Image for Mary Mary

    Ahhh.... NO!!! Leggings are NOT pants.... they are designed to be worn UNDER some other piece of clothing. Seen a LOT of gals schlepping around in leggings that looks like two piglets stuffed in a too tight blanket. It's DISTURBING to say the least.. :( Wake up out there ladies.

  8. Image for Ann weisman Ann weisman

    I agree. No sausage legs. And they have too be thick enough to cover everything and your top certainly has to cover your bum and some of your thighs. Otherwise I have seen some women that look like they just just forgot to put on the rest of their clothes! Have a fun weekend, leggings or no leggings!

  9. Image for Gail Gail

    Leggings are meant to be worn under a garment that covers the behind. They must be thick enough not to show any cellulite. The thinner ones can be worn under skirts or dresses only. I love them with a long shirt and boots.

  10. Image for JudyCinNC JudyCinNC

    Only time I have ever seen tights look good on someone, she was tall, slender, coordinated and very stylist. Most people abuse the look ... and frankly my dear, I will be glad when the fad passes, so the abusers can go back to wearing pants which sometimes look much better on them. There seems to be more of them parading around than the petite and slender ones. Can't wait to link up with all the tours you are showing - Christmas is in the air and it is a Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Judy

  11. Image for Kris Kris

    Depends on your definition of pants and why you are wearing them in the first place. My husband's aunt considered the word pants to mean undergarments and trousers or slacks to be a garment that covers legs from waist to ankles. Personally, if leggings are the proper size and a top that is longer than the bottom of the hips is worn they can be a comfortable item and look nice for many occasions. When working out or running comfort is the main consideration and leggings work better than many other garments. Size and fabric are the keys, people wearing the wrong size jeans can look like being stuffed into a sausage and poor quality fabric just exasperates the issue.

  12. Image for Celia Celia

    I wear them all the time but, always with a long tunic! Must cover my bum and most of my thighs! I especially like wearing them with a comfy oversized sweatshirt on a casual Saturday or a tunic length button down blouse with boots! A couple more rules .... must be size appropriate and remember tights are not leggings! I love your Saturday posts!!

  13. Image for Terri Terri

    Who cares about leggings.... I am still stuck in Winter "Christmas" Wonder land..... Gorgeous... and beautiful beyond words!!!!! ......okay... okay.... in my humble opinion leggings are not pants for the most of us unless you have the proper "Upper" attire!!! :) Seriously ... the trees.. the mantle... all just wonderful!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

  14. Image for Liz Thomas Liz Thomas

    I can wear pants to work but I'm not allowed to wear leggings to work :( Your post brought out the nicest of Christmas decorating....I'm always way busy on weekends and don't have the time to sift through the zillions of've done the work for me and show me the best...yours is always the best!!!

  15. Image for Donnamae Donnamae long as your top is long enough to cover your butt...or your thighs...that's what I would do! But, then I'm a lot older than you! Thanks for the home tours! ;)

  16. Image for Barbara Mawdsley Barbara Mawdsley

    For most of us, leggings are not pants. Bum must be covered no matter how shapely and only slender thighs should show. Please take a photo of your backside to make sure you are getting the full effect before you step out of the house.

  17. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Thankfully I no longer work in the fashion industry, but I do remember this...leggings are not pants and should not be confused as such. It's really bad when someone wears tights as leggings don't you think? Leggings are perfect as coverings with boots and a long top. There...problem solved. The home tours are lovely.

  18. Image for Kris Kris

    Leggings are ... leggings. I think they fall into a similar category as stirrup pants from the 80s (and yes, I remember stirrup pants and even wore them!). I think any form of knit clothing needs to be worn with a lot of consideration in regards to the fabric, the fit, and what clothing you wear it with. Knits, by nature, are form-fitting. I think they look best when they are worn in a fashionable but modest manner. Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative (or at least minimize it) and all that!

  19. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Emphatically NO! And I agree with what someone ahead of me said, "I will be glad when the trend is over". Do people not look at their behinds in the mirror once they are dressed? Enough said. Love, love, love the tours. Christmas in blogland is my favorite! So many creative, talented people. And you always have the best for Thistle Cleaning, my favorite post of the week in blogland.

  20. Image for Leona Leona

    As someone who use to read Glamour Magazine ( in the 60s) page on do"s and don'ts, seems there are a lot of fonts out there goodness, what next ? ....... Pantyhose as the new leggings ? Thank you for the beautiful house tours.

  21. Image for Linda Linda

    Leggings, well, only if they are thicker, you have slender legs, and a tunic is worn to cover the buns. I'm sure they're comfy but being on the chubby side, I will never wear them. Some schools have banned them, and rightly so. I devour every word of your blogs. Love, Linda

  22. Image for Mimi -247 Mulberry Lane Mimi -247 Mulberry Lane

    I'm pretty sure the Grinch tried to pull off the whole "leggings as pants" thing until Cindy Lou Who set him straight...The top must be mid-thigh or leggings don't you buy. Something to that effect--it's been a while since I read the story. I am in LOVE with all the home tours! Thanks so much for sharing!

  23. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    My answer is . . . NO!! Leggings are leggings and they are meant to be worn under a long tunic or sweater not by themselves. They are the same as tights. I don't care how skinny you are leggings by themselves do nothing for a woman's body -- every crease and crevice shows through. And if someone is willing to debate that point -- well I can point out that you're not seeing yourself going . . . Now to delightful subjects -- I love all of your random musings. The houses look gorgeous and festive. I am in the fa la la spirit and I haven't even hit the wine yet :-) So I am wishing you a fabulous weekend and I'll probably see you on Monday. Call anytime for my opinion -- I've got LOTS of them :-)

  24. Image for Cheryl Ann Cheryl Ann

    Our public high school (Franklin, TN) says leggings are against the dress code...not sure why, but they've enforced it for 2 years now.

  25. Image for Diana Minutelli Diana Minutelli

    I'm a school counselor in a public high school. I've had too many "Oh Lawd" moments than I care to think of! The little girls look adorable but...."oh Lawd" they too often neglect to wear a shirt long enough to cover their bottoms which prevents them from being 'lady like.'

  26. Image for Sheila Pearson Sheila Pearson

    Nope. Leggings are not pants. I think of them as footless tights. They only look good under a long sweater dress with boots (and only then) because it's better to wear that in the subzero weather in Minnesota than to freeze one's arse off. All right there then. Uff da. ☺️

  27. Image for Debra Debra

    If they are made of ponte, yes, they can be worn with long top and boots. I have seen more thongs, lack of any underwear, and much too much cellulite on folks who think tights are leggings. I found this article you might like:

  28. Image for Debra Debra

    One other point-- if you have straight legs, you're golden for ponte tights. If your thighs make a swish swish noise when you walk, er, no, the leggings aren't for you!

  29. Image for jere jere

    I always get the feeling they are just long underwear worn to "go with" a outfit when the white long johns just won't do. But what do I know? I never thought pointed toe shoes and fishnet stocking were dead fashion must haves..and lo and behold they arose from the dead. Just wear what you like.. and have fun.

  30. Image for michelle michelle

    Leggings can only be pants if you are a size negative double zero. Or you're under the age of 5. And NEVER flesh colored- EW!

  31. Image for Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY

    Hi Karianne, these are simply lovely home tours. I agree (with your instagram) that this year offers some of the prettiest holidaydecorated rooms I've ever seen... yours included. Happy holidays and enjoy your weekend! Oh, and leggings will never substitute for pants in my book-lol.

  32. Image for Lisa Lisa

    You must read Jen Hatmaker's For the Love because she thoroughly discussed the whole LAP (leggings as pants) issue in a most comical way.

  33. Image for Carol Carol

    Oh, Heavens No! Leggings are definitely not pants. They remind me of the thick tights I used to wear to school in the winter in the 60's. The fabric was very stretchy & by the time I walked to school in my buckle galoshes, the friction of the tights against the flocked lining of the boots managed to pull the crotch somewhere around my knees and my feet were frozen from the wads of fabric pinching my toes. Not a pretty sight because pulling them up every 5 or 6 steps meant that I'd be flashing the neighbors along the way. "And-one-did-not-display-one's-private-laundry-in-public," I can hear my mother say... However, all your house tours are pretty sights. So, thank you.

  34. Image for Laura Laura

    Leggings should only be considered pants by someone who is no older than 23 and is no bigger than a size 4. Otherwise all that stuff should be covered up by a longggg top!

  35. Image for Patty Soriano Patty Soriano

    Have you not seen that Youtube video with the woman loudly proclaiming "Leggings ain't pants!" ? So, I guess they aren't. :-) But someone needs to tell all those people who don't yet know it.

  36. Image for Linda Linda

    Ask your girls who will let you know right away what they think, even if only non verbally! If for the girls. my girls actually don't wear them except with long tops, dresses or cheer uniforms or fencing or running. My go to cold weather pants are my j jill full-length slim ankle pants with a heavier knit fabric. (Not being paid for that.) They are confortable for everyday wear or a bit dressier depending on shoes and the top. Talbots has some ones too. No long johns or PJ bottoms allowed! Linda

  37. Image for Jaclyn Potter Jaclyn Potter

    Absolutely...undeniably...without question....NO !!! Leggings are to be worn only as you would wear tights... not a pants !!! How's that for a definite answer...Ha Ha !! Love your post...always look forward to reading them !!!

  38. Image for Rebecca M Rebecca M

    Leggings are definitely not pants!! Leggings should only be worn with LONG tops,tunics. Yikes, some of the sights I see when out and about practically burns my eyeballs out of my head! Leggings are not meant for obese people no matter your age. Take heart! This fad too shall pass.

  39. Image for Gwen Gwen

    This is one serious conversation. Really. The pastor even got involved. I thought I was back in my sisters day when they had the yardstick out to measure the hem from the ground as the gal knelt in front of the girls dean. In the early 90's when my kids were young all they wore were leggings and big tees. The women wore them with big sweatshirts and S crunchy socks and tall LA Gear tennis shoes. Hair in a pony tail and bangs up high. I taught and thought Oh those Moms look so cute. Once again I'm not really body great for them but they are so cute on all the young moms around and my tiny friends that actually go to the gymn more than once a day. Yes!!! Leggings are a type of pants. Now I draw the line with pantyhose. No. They are not leggings. I can see underwear or sans through them so they do not count as pants. Can I climb down off my high horse?? Doctors orders I'm not to climb. But yes yes yes. You look good in them. I saw photos!!!!

  40. Image for Judy H. Judy H.

    Whether one has what they percieve to a be a good body or a not so good body, leggings are not pants. No length of shirt can turn a pair of leggings into pants. Quite frankly, I've never been able to understand the whole concept of leggings. They are thick tights with the feet cut off of them. Please do not wear them out and about, no matter how appropriate you believe the length of your tunic to be. When I am out running errands or out for lunch with a friend and I see women in leggings, they look to me as if they walked out of house without their pants or skirt on and I am horrified for them. I am not a prude. I like shorter skirts with tights and cute ankle boots or shoes, I like skinny jeans (notice I did NOT say "jeggings") with a cute shirt, jacket and tall boots, I'm not opposed to fashion at all. Leggings aren't fashion, they are rude.

  41. Image for Judy H. Judy H.

    I got so engrossed on the leggings issue, I completely forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed this post, the beautiful house tours and the wonderful little surprises here and there.

  42. Image for Cindy Brown Cindy Brown

    I love fashion and home decorating. Leggings are in a category by themselves. I personally love them but feel that they need to be worn appropriately. Leggings that are worn with tunic length tops look great on lots of body types. But leggings that are worn with t-shirts or other shorter tops just do not look good, no matter what the body type is. My theory is leggings are great if the top comes down to cover the butt and upper thighs (plus they are very slimming that way!). You would rock an outfit like that!! Love ya, gal, and Merry Christmas!!

  43. Image for Lisa Lisa

    How sad there is so much heated (!!!) opinion on the subject of leggings. So what I am to understand is, a larger, older woman has to look at your tattoos, nose rings, pink hair, bra straps, deep cleavage, butt cheeks peeking out from the short shorts, etc, etc, but heaven forbid - she can't be comfortable in a legging. My opinion is - as with all clothing there is a right way and a wrong way to wear them. Size & age shouldn't be a factor.

  44. Image for Pam Clark Pam Clark

    I teach middle school and we have this debate daily. Technically, they are not allowed to be worn as pants in our code of student conduct, but they do it ALL the time, and they're no tighter than the other pants they wear. One of those questions we'll just have to ask when we get to the pearly gates.....mystery of life.

  45. Image for Susan Thompson Susan Thompson

    That wreath is just amazing! I'm in love with it!!! Now, as for leggings as pants. I'm going with yes, of course, the cover your legs just like pants. Plus they can be dressed up or down and they're great on Christmas...nice and stretchy so you don't have to unbutton your real pants when you've eaten way too much. ;)

  46. Image for Mindy Whipple Mindy Whipple

    Inspiring Christmas tours! I will admit to buying some thick straight leg pants that border on being leggings. I do wear a long shirt or coat with them and got them pre-approved by my fashion forward young adult daughter so I hope they are ok!

  47. Image for Jaimee Jaimee

    I turn 45 today so have reached that interesting age where style can be a challenge: How to not look like you're trying to be a 20-something but still manage to look trendy and hip. I wholeheartedly agree that leggings, even if one is donning boots, are not adequate pants UNLESS the fanny is covered and the fabric is thick. At any age. I was at my sister's clinic the other day and a very young girl was working admissions in very tight, black, almost see-through leggings. My mothering instinct kicked in and I wanted to wrap a scarf around her very adorable ~ but extremely inappropriate ~ hind end! Always delighted to read your blog and see the gorgeous photos:)

  48. Image for Cindy Barganier Cindy Barganier

    Well that brought on a torrent of response. haha Interesting that you should ask. Just today on the way home from church Jeff said that he felt that they were very inappropriate and revealed too much even when the very young and skinny are wearing them. I love them because they are so stinkin comfy but never wear them unless it under a dress or tunic. So I have to go with the "nos".

  49. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    Of course not...if leggings were pants, they'd just be called, well, "pants". I wear leggings all the time as an undergarment...they feel nice against the skin and finish an outfit...Love this very serious discussion. Love the beautiful homes. A fun post!

  50. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Who decided leggings WEREN'T pants?? Lol, thankfully I gave up caring what people thought about me in High School! (Many, many years ago! :) ) Love the post and all the beautiful Christmas decorations!!! Merry Christmas!!! I'll be enjoying the season in my very comfy & warm fleece leggings!! ;)

  51. Image for Lauren Lauren

    Please oh please tell me you have watched this video that breaks down the leggings debate:

  52. Image for Barbara Bussey Barbara Bussey

    I saw a customer wearing darling leggings from Walmart! As long as a rear view mirror gives you the okay, go for it!

  53. Image for jo jo

    Love your blog. I love fleece leggings but choose to wear tunics , tshirts or long shirts that cover my derriere.

  54. Image for Beth F. Beth F.

    That's a trend I hope goes by the wayside soonest! If only the girls would only spot check before leaving the house!

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