11/06/2012 06:12 pm ET Updated Nov 07, 2012

Rihanna, Selena Gomez And More Celebrities Wear Leggings, So Are They Really That Bad? (PHOTOS)

Leggings are a divisive topic. Women revile the spandex pants in public, but then wear them all weekend long while lounging around their homes. We credit the rise of leggings to Lindsay Lohan, who, in 2006, started wearing the skin-tight spandex as an alternative to pants. Of course, leggings have been around long before La Lohan; Olivia Newton-John famously donned them in her video for "Let's Get Physical" in the '80s.

Other than being too tight in the crotch area, leggings don't offend us. Worn with a tunic or an oversized sweater and tucked into boots, we don't see anything terribly wrong with them.They are just as comfortable as sweatpants, and the silhouette is much more sleek. In fact, it would be difficult to name one woman who doesn't travel in the stretchy bottoms (well, maybe Victoria Beckham doesn't wear leggings when travelling but if we had our own private plane we would wear couture, too). Leggings are popular exercise gear, and pregnant women wear them more days than not (who doesn't love an elastic waistband?).

They come in all iterations these days: sequined, leather and of course, the cozy cotton variety. It can be difficult to tell the difference between really tight skinny jeans and leggings. So tell us, are leggings really that bad? We're not so sure. Here, 24 celebrities out and about in the body-conscious bottoms.

Leggings As Pants?!

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