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Leggings are a wardrobe staple for all fashionable New York women, not just the likes of Miley and models


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Long live the legging!

Montana Republican House leaders agreed to amend an asinine one-page dress code last week that declared “leggings are not considered dress pants” for women working on the house floor, after critics dubbed the code sexist and outdated.

“After getting much controversy, (the dresscode) has now been revised to business casual,” Chief Clerk of the Montana House Lindsey Grovom told the Daily News of the former guidelines which also stated “Women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines.”

If New York ever tried to do the same thing, the entire city would have to buy a new wardrobe.

As a reporter who writes about food for a living, spandex is my best friend. I live — and breathe better — in a pair of opaque leggings from American Apparel, in the office and everywhere else. I make sure to cover my bits and pieces with a long button-up shirt or sweater. I even sat front row at New York Fashion Week in the same pair. It’s my comfort couture.

“Don’t lawmakers have a better use of their time than worrying about women’s dress code?” asks designer Nicole Miller. “There are dressy leggings and casual leggings … depending on what they are accessorized with they can go from chic to casual,” she adds.

Leggings come in as many varieties as there are legs: business-friendly, sporty, glamorous and even formal, but there’s a time and a place for every pair.

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Jeanette Settembre is a writer, editor and content strategist from New York City specializing in enterprise storytelling. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine, Architectural Digest, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, Dow Jones,, Mansion Global, Barron’s Magazine, YahooLife! and many other publications.
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