In Praise of Jeggings. No, really.

(L-R: Citizens of Humanity, Goldsign)

OK, we’re just going to come out and say this, even although we know it’ll probably be controversial:

We don’t hate jeggings.

OK, sure, when they first came out, we made fun of the name, we admit it. And we did have our concerns that jeggings would be used simply as an excuse for people to try and circumvent the Leggings Are Not Pants Rule. (Just to be clear, this climbdown on jeggings doesn’t change our minds about leggings and their status as pants. Leggings are not pants, never have been, never will be. Not while The Fashion Police have breath in our bodies, anyway.)

But look at the two examples above. Admit it, you thought they were just regular old skinny jeans, didn’t you?

But they’re not. They’re jeggings. And they have finally won us over.

Why we don’t hate jeggings

See, the thing is, jeggings DO look like jeans. In the case of some of the better quality examples (The Citizens of Humanity pair above is a case in point, although we’ve also seen good quality, jean-like jeggings on the high street, at places like Topshop or River Island), they even FEEL like jeans. The cotton is thick, stretchy, and not at all like the kind of fabric you’d expect to find on a pair of leggings.

It’s not denim, though, and this is actually a point in its favour, because while jeggings look much the same as skinny jeans, they’re a helluva lot more comfortable than them, and they’re easier to get in and out of, too.

In conclusion, as long as there’s no camel toe, the correct fit is worn, and they’re not thin enough to create VPL, we’re happy to welcome jeggings into the world of the Fashion Police Approved:

(Seven for All Mankind)

Jeggings: The Dark Side

Mind you, there is a downside to jeggings, and it’s a big one. Jeggings, you see, are very much part of that whole “dressing down is the new dressing up, let’s wear pyjamas to the supermarket trend” which The Fashion Police so abhor. Get the look right, and it can be casual but chic: think Victoria Beckham is super-skinnies and a blazer. Or Kate Moss when she’s had a wash. Throw them on with fake Ugg boots and a velour tracksuit top, though, and we have us a whole different story. And now we’re starting to wonder if we should perhaps reconsider our stance.


What do YOU think of jeggings?

Of course, if you still hate leggings, skinny jeans or both (and we know there are a lot of you out there who do), you’re definitely not going to be getting on board with jeggings any time soon. As for the rest of you, however, what do you think: are you ready to give the unholy alliance of leggings and jeans a reprieve, and let them into your life (and closet?)? Or do you think these are definitely a crime of fashion, which should never have existed in the first place? Tell us in the comments section!

19 Comments

  • June 24, 2011

    Caroline

    I’m a secret jeggings fan – worn under very short dresses or tunics they give a far smoother line than skinny jeans! But as with all clothing, there are rules of engagement.

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    • June 24, 2011

      Rachel

      I agree. I don’t like having my legs on show, and jeggings give a nicer line under dresses. They’re also warmer than tights or leggings.

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  • June 24, 2011

    Natalie M

    When there is a flattering boot cut or slight flare jegging, i’ll hop on the bandwagon.

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    • June 24, 2011

      Anna

      I actually used to have a pair like that about five years ago. I loved them, but I can’t find any like that now.

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  • June 24, 2011

    Tali

    I’m a bit confused – I always thought jeggins were leggins (thus without zip and pockets) but made of stretchy denim, thus prone to cameltoe. This way I don’t like them.
    But what I see on pictures here looks like what they name “super skinny jeans” here and I LOVE them! much more than usual skinnies, that have kind of “pipe” legs. You can wear these super-skinnies with pumps and show beautiful ankles or tuck them in boots, which goes much easier and looks better than with regular skinnies.

    Haha you can judge but the length of my comment that I love what I see on the pictures above))

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    • June 24, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      They are! But the best ones are made of a really thick cotton, so it would be pretty hard to create a camel toe – basically they’re just super-skinnies, but with the comfort of leggings 🙂

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  • June 24, 2011

    Emily

    I’ve always liked them. They are far more comfortable than regular jeans.

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  • June 24, 2011

    Ez

    The Fashion Police should issue a law about the use of the term ‘jeggings’. I have ordered so called ‘jeggings’ online so many times but what has arrived is actually skinny jeans which do not stretch and therefore do not fit!! It is very frustrating!!

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    • June 24, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      I’ve noticed this too: and there’s a really big difference between the two in terms of comfort, which makes it even more annoying!

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  • June 24, 2011

    Jeannine

    I love jeggings as a more stylish alternative to wear under long, tunic-like tops. When you wear regular leggings under those tops, you get the vaguely uncomfortable “I forgot my pants” look, and wearing straight-leg jeans somehow doesn’t give the right silhouette (my butt refuses to fit into skinny jeans of any size, but I realize this is not the case with others…)

    In any case, I’m for them, in certain situations.

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  • June 24, 2011

    m

    They look like extra-tight skinny jeans. No, thanks.

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  • June 24, 2011

    Mousy

    I tell you what – jeggings are ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC for Chinese pole acrobatics…! They’re flexible, but tough enough to give your legs a bit more protection (… until they rip. Which mine now have. Ah well, sewing time).

    See? Awesome: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/foxbane/legflag.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/foxbane/oneleg2.jpg

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    • June 24, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      lol! Those photos are awesome, and I’m really jealous that you can do that – I’d love to give it a go, but I just know I’d break something. Probably the pole 🙂

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  • June 24, 2011

    Meg

    I was never a fan of jeans, just for personal reasons. I felt like jeans made me lazy when it came to getting dressed, so I just avoided them to challenge myself when it came to looking stylish.

    But one day, for fun I tried on some jeggings and they were so flattering on my figure. I’m an oddly proportioned person on the border between average and ultra curvy, and they just made everything work. I realized my actual challenge would be dressing up jeans (or their legging counterpart.) I bought some in every color.

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    • June 24, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      Yeah, I think jeans can be very lazy-making: they’re definitely what I tend to reach for on days when I just can’t be bothered thinking about what I’m going to wear!

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  • June 24, 2011

    Viper

    I don’t like skinny jeans or leggings, so I really dislike these. Plus the awful name doesn’t help.

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  • June 25, 2011

    Bayon

    I dislike seeing jeggings on other people. They always look not quite like real jeans, especially with fake stitching. It’s kind of like the uncanny valley with robots.

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  • June 25, 2011

    kita

    i love jeggins..they are smoother than skinny jeans and look good with longer tops.and they are more decent than leggins(when people wear them the wrong way)….(:

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  • October 2, 2011

    Anon

    i have weird, extreme curves, so it’s hard to find any type of trousers that fit. i also despise jeans, since they’re extremely uncomfortable to me. so, i wear a boatload of leggings, but i can’t wear them with everything since with shorter tops they put my ass on display. this spring, i bought a pair of black jeggings as a warmer alternative to leggings and they barely left my butt ever since. wear them at least once a week. thinking of purchasing ones in different fabrics.

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