As a man I never knew what to think as it was none of my business. But I’d have to hear naysayers, “Oh look at her – she should put some pants on – what is she thinking” and I just awkwardly waited for the moment to pass.
I had no opinion either way.
Now, I can say. “Leggings are pants”. I can borrow your opinion as it’s a lot nicer than having to hear the negative (and having no response I could give either way).