What are Jeggings? – a.k.a. jean leggings

Jeggings

Things are getting out of hand in the world of “words invented by fashion writers”, aren’t they? We’ve had “shants” (“sheer pants”, to the uninitiated), “shresses” (sheer dresses) and, of course “treggings” (a cross between trousers and leggings), and now the good folks at ASOS.com* have been at it again, using the terms “jegging” to denote a cross between leggings and jeans.

Why yes, that IS the same thing as “denim leggings”, now you mention it, and actually, they’re not a kick in the ass off a little something we at The Fashion Police like to call “skinny jeans”, either. We have no particular beef with the leggings themselves: we learned to accept leggings a while ago, and as we say, these are too close to skinny jeans for us to have serious issues with them, but we would like to call a halt to the coining of stupid names that’s been going on in fashion-land for a while now.

Seriously, why do denim leggings need to be referred to as “jeggings”? And while we’re on the subject, why are “jeggings” (shudder) singled out for special attention? Where will it all end? Will we be forced to start referring to black leggings as “bleggings”, red ones as “reggings” and those shiny, latex ones that’ve been everywhere lately as “sheggings”? We think that’s the way it’s going, and let us be the first to stick our heads above the parapet and say WE REFUSE. We will call them “leggings” and we don’t care who corrects us. Who’s with us?

* Note: the ASOS.com example was the first we happened to come across of the use of “jegging” but for all we know, they may not be the only ones…

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