Cat Buthod ’20 Brown University
Photo: David DelPoio
Sports & Recreation

Leggings 24/7
Five minutes with Cat Buthod ’20, on her current obsession

April 13th, 2020

I am wearing leggings right now. This pair is a brand called Gymshark, which is based in Australia, I believe. They’re seamless, meaning there’s no upper waistband. I kept getting a lot of Instagram ads, which are now my only targeted Instagram ads—leggings.

In high school, I went to an all-girls school, and everyone wore leggings and big t-shirts. That’s probably when I would say it definitely started out as a style thing. I hadn’t yet gotten into formal exercise. It started off as a look.

Unbuttoning unneeded

Sometimes, you know, when you wear super-skinny jeans and you have a big meal, you gotta unbutton. But leggings, they expand and contract with you. Comfort is my number one. I think practical purposes with spinning and sweating. Leggings dry really quickly, so if I’m running to a cappella rehearsal or something right after spin, they dry so I’m not just like sitting in my own sweat. And I think style would be my last one. A good pair of leggings flatters every body. So yeah, comfort, practical purposes, and style.

 

But now I teach spin classes four days a week. I think leggings are my holy grail for spin because spin is very sweaty. They’re also something I can wear all day leading up to spin since I teach at 7:30 p.m. Oftentimes, I don’t have time to run back to my house and change. I just swap tops and I’m ready to teach.

I wear leggings on days I don’t have spin, too—different types depending on the day. Like today’s are purely athletic because I’m teaching spin later, whereas other days I have warmer leggings for when it’s really cold out. I also have leggings more for like sleeping. In the winter, I definitely wear leggings probably almost every day.

I have some wackier pairs… One night, I just bought a very cheap pair of galaxy leggings from Amazon at like 3 a.m., spur of the moment. Then I didn’t remember it and then they arrived. Those are my impulse buys, my leggings. I have a pair of camo, which take me back to Texas. I have some floral ones.

Spinning is my justification for buying leggings. Like, every new pair of leggings I buy, I’m like, “Oh, well, I do work in these. These are my work clothes.” Previously, Lululemon was the only legging of quality on the market. Now there’s a brand called Girlfriend Collective, which has great-quality leggings made from recycled materials, so that also makes it more of something that you can purchase in good conscience, not just perpetuating the fast fashion industry.

What do you think?
See what other readers are saying about this article and add your voice. 
Related Issue
April–May 2020
Related Class