Leggings are probably one of the most comfortable items you can wear in public. They can be easily paired with almost any top and will take you from the gym to the bar. According to Good Housekeeping, leggings are pants:
One big reason I love wearing leggings as pants: By nature, they conform to my body. If your weight tends to fluctuate quite a bit the way mine does, wearing stretchy clothes saves both energy and money. Going denim shopping is infuriating, and I don't always feel comfortable wearing skirts or dresses, so a simple pair of yoga pants or leggings is the perfect solution.
But some folks have taken leggings too far. Manufacturers started to create tan leggings which at times can resemble one's flesh. In 2015, a lawmaker proposed a bill to ban women from wearing leggings in public. According to ThinkProgress:
A Republican lawmaker in Montana wants to prevent women from wearing leggings as pants, and he hopes that his proposed bill to strengthen the state’s indecent exposure law will be a step in that direction.
Moore and Hill’s concerns about tight-fitting pants are shared by public school officials across the country. Schools in states ranging from Illinois, Oklahoma, California, and Massachusetts have moved to ban leggings and yoga pants, saying they “distract” boys who should be paying attention in class. Over the past year, an increasing number of middle school and high school girls have started to fight back, protesting what they see as sexist dress codes targeting female students.