Ode to the "Jegging"
By Laura Braden
First there were skinny jeans and then there were leggings. Welcome the newest kid to the block – the “jegging” (jean+leggings). I for one, am obsessed.
Jeggings have been around for awhile, but lately I feel like I’m seeing and hearing about them everywhere. And a lot of friends who didn’t jump on the legging bandwagon are now jumping on the jegging train.
What’s So Great About Jeggings?
I own over a dozen pairs of “regular” jeans and secretly hate all of them. Finding “that perfect fit” requires the same tenacity as finding the meaning to life or your perfect mate. And similarly, I have wasted hours of my life trying on pair after pair, in the futile attempts to find “the one.”
But now enter the jegging (cue the choir of angels). They stretch, they bend, they don’t get that weird baggy-knee-thing after sitting at your desk all day, and since they’re supposed to be fitted/tight, finding a pair that fits is much easier. They’re also more structured and forgiving than leggings, making them flattering for just about every body type.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Jeggings go great with everything: short dresses, tunics, long cardigans, flats and boots. But please, please don’t wear tops that hit above your waist. I don’t care how skinny you are, it’s just TMI.
My Favorite Picks
1. Second Denim Co’s Yoga Jean #24 ($104) Technically belongs in the “regular jean” category, but since they fit so well, I’m reclassifying them as a jegging. Nice and long (34″ inseam), they’re extremely soft and have shape memory, which means they’ll look the same after a 6 hour flight as they did when you first put them on.
2. Forever 21’s Jegging Pants ($12.50) For someone who’s 5’10, they run a tad short (30″ inseam) but are super comfortable and look great with flats and boots.
3. Citizens of Humanity’s Avedon Slick Skinny ($185) The shortest inseam in the bunch (29″) but they’re very light and stretchy – almost like wearing regular leggings.
4. Gap’s Legging Jeans in True Black Wash ($69.50) For when I’m feeling Parisian. I used to be opposed to black jeans, but these won me over. I’ve washed them dozens of times and so far, zero fading. And like all Gap jeans, they come in petite and long. Not loving the black? Check out their other wash options.
EDITOR’S NOTE: What do you all think? Are jeggings the next wardrobe staple? Or doomed to the same fate as jellies and jumpsuits? Leave us a comment below – we’d love to know what you think!