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!

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