The sun finally showed up outside, but it decided to slap us with weather in the teens in the morning hours.

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So when no one wants to leave the house, let alone the bed, it becomes time to arm yourself with some serious winter gear.My absolute favorite, favorite, favorite are these exercise leggings, which I am going to annoyingly re-name Eggings, from Target.

C9 by Champion® Women's Compression Tight - Assorted Colors

Let me be perfectly clear that I am not a runner.  I have nothing against runners but I am weak and I am lazy.  I did read the reviews on the Target website for these pants and some runners said the waistband seemed a little big and that it was falling down when they were running. In my opinion maybe they ran themselves skinny and now the pants are big. I’m just saying. I am not endorsing these for any marathons, just for comfy and warm pants.

I do try to drag myself onto my treadmill for some vigorous high incline walking (don’t laugh) or predawn yoga (not on the treadmill of course, although that would be interesting). These pants at least get me half way there to pull myself out of bed and into something warm. If I get these on there is a good chance I am more inclined to continue with the sneakers and the rest of the outfit, or at least be ready to at any point in the day.

As I mentioned they are fleece lined so they are so warm. If you are at all menopausal you will hate them and think you are being tortured. But at least the Moisture Wicking, Duo Dry®, Stretch (per the Target description) will keep you from sweating in them.

They are long, so they don’t do that ugly thing were they start to sag and creep up the ankle. If I have on sneakers there is no cold gap at the ankle. Picky, I know, but we all know that annoying feeling.

The fabric is thick because of the lining so it hides any lumps and bumps. And it never gets pulls. The black stays dark black. No fading. Just enough shine, but not too much where I look like an 80’s breakdancer.

Easy care – throw in the washer, tumble dry low or hang to dry.

And did I mention they are $24.99???????

The waistband is clean and simple. No funny ties, fold over bands, fussy zippers. Just a clean line that doesn’t create a total muffin top. Sizes go from XS to XL. To be honest I have them in 2 sizes. One is for when I have been good about the early morning exercising, and the other for situations like I encountered this past weekend. The girl scouts were set up selling their cookies right in front of the wine store. Do you know what it feels like to say no to a girl scout? It feels about as good as beating up on a kitten. So of course you buy the cookies. Well played girl scouts, well-played.

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But the very, very best part is the fact that Eggings convert into the best pair of black skinny pants. I love getting dressed in a great outfit. These are my foundation.  I put them on with my skiing socks, (yeah I don’t ski either but it’s the warmest kind of socks) and everything from biker boots to riding boots.  Put with almost any top and donezo. Outfit is complete. The boots cover up the little Champion insignia on the ankle so no one knows they are exercise leggings. Unless, of course,  I tell them, which I guess I just did right here.  If you travel they are a necessity because they can perform double-duty. They look just as good dressed up with my over the knee snake-skin boots and a cashmere sweater,  to dressed down with an oversize denim shirt with Frye boots.

Sweaters + leggings. Winter layering.

I think they always look good and more importantly feel good. As long as my top is of the tunic/oversize length I am not showing the world what the girl scout cookies did to my backside. I am already dressed for the morning but if I later become struck by the motivation to exercise, I  can simply swap the top for a t-shirt, and the boots for sneakers, and I am all set.

*INSIDER TIP – Are you long in the torso and struggling to find a long enough top? Try layering a tunic style long tank under your top. Look for the ones that almost look a tank mini dress and aren’t super clingy.  They cover your bum and any potential too tight in the crotch issues.  Pick black if you want to minimize your hips, or a lighter color to highlight your hips if they are narrow but your waistline is not. It is okay if the shirt on top of the tunic tank is shorter, it will all balance out, just make sure your top over the tank is looser (think flowy) or boxy (think chunky sweater).  If its super cold I will add  a button down over the tank, under the sweater (as in the pic at the bottom). In the end it is always about proportion and balance.

*INSIDER TIP – Can’t find these at your local Target? They are available online.  Here’s the link.

Thanks!

Suzie