Should a pudgy 33 year old be allowed to wear leggings? Most likely not. But common sense has never stopped me before. And yes, this is coming from the same person who was having a shit fit about the resurgence of leggings and stirrup pants earlier this year. I'm still hating the stirrups, but I've softened my stance on the leggings (I will never ease up my position on New Yorker cartoons, however). I experimented with the disturbing look at a party on Sat. (technically, these were footless tights, not leggings) and the earth continued to spin, flames didn't shoot from the heavens. I don't know if there'll be a repeat performance, but it was good to get the look out of my system.
Maybe if you can still hear that high-pitched kids-only ring tone that everybody was talking about today (at least in my office. I was so sick of hearing people testing it out to see if they could detect it that I had to put on earphones-not to muffle the noise itself, but the asinine commentary) you can get away with wearing leggings under skirts. And yes, I can hear the damn signal.
I just don't know if the if you wore it the first time around, you can't wear the second time theory holds true anymore since fashion has practically imploded upon itself. It made sense in say, the '80s, when youngsters started appropriating '50s thrift store chic (there was this in the '70s too-think of the popularity of American Graffiti, Happy Days, Grease and the like. It shifted a bit punky by the '80s, I think. The concept of something not terribly old being vintage seems very post-'70s to me). It would be silly for someone who originally wore poodle skirts as teen, to wear them again while middle aged. Or did women do that? I imagine they would be perceived as kooky. Just you wait until I revive low-rise jeans when I'm 50.
Of course, it's not just in recent times that fashion has been recycled. Here's an interesting perspective on vintage revival from a professor at the University of Alaska.