Leggings refers to close fitting pants that usually stop at the ankle and has an elasticized waist. Tight sleek look of the leggings makes the legs look elongated and that is one of the reasons why I love wearing leggings with all my tunics. They make my legs look good. But I am not a fan of the knit ones available in the market by the dozen. Agreed that they come in all shades and tones but I love my cotton.