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


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…


  • January 8, 2009


    Oh yes, I’m with you – I can never understand why fashion journalists have to give special names for things. But consider that J and L are very close on a keyboard could the good people at asos.com have made a typing error?

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  • January 8, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    What will they call lace leggings?

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  • January 8, 2009


    Laceings. Duh 😛

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  • January 8, 2009


    Jean leggings are a BIG no. Sorry, I know what my legs look like, if I wanted to show them, I’d wear tights. Thanks.

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  • January 9, 2009


    You have touched a nerve with this clothes-loving writer who works in another field (one with standards). “Fashion journalism” is an oxymoron! I have my issues with bloggers, but this is one area where the “amateurs” definitely outstrip the so-called professionals.
    Oh yeah, and I love my DENIM leggings.

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  • January 10, 2009


    Sorry, but the jeggins are a little bit horrid.

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  • May 28, 2009


    I don`t mind this whole ‘jeggings’ thing. They stretch to fit you better than regular skinnies would :3

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  • July 11, 2009


    im wearing a pair of jeggings right now, i love them. So much comfier than normal jeans. More versitile too.
    (L) jeggings.

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  • July 29, 2009


    I bought a pair of jeggings yesterday, this particular pair have front and back pockets, a zip, and a button. How many pairs of regular leggings do you own with a zip and a button? I’m sure they’re thicker than normal leggings too. They have their own name because they’re different. They are also a hell of a lot comfier than skinny jeans and fit to your shape much better. So yeah, jeggings rule 🙂

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  • August 27, 2009


    got a pair today! they’re really comfy! i not bothered by the name really, its a good invention i guess! (:

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  • January 24, 2010


    i luv jeggings cuz they are quite comfy.I don’t reali care wat they are called

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  • February 8, 2010


    you forgot JORTS!! jean shorts hahahah

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  • February 9, 2010


    I have to say, I love ‘jeggings’. They’re so comfortable, and are easier to tuck into boots. I will concur that I’m not so crazy about the name, though.

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  • February 13, 2010


    Omg! These jeggings are AWFUL! How ugly can you get?

    Firstly, they DO NOT compliment the ‘behind area’. Sure they might be a great fit and comfy but they do not flatter!

    Secondly, the name is really off-putting.
    And third, the styles I’ve seen is stores are actually quite shiny and eeww!
    If want a comfy pair of leggings – get them in black. Please… I beg of you!

    I’m going to stick with my skinnies!

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    • May 12, 2010


      I think most people hate jeggings because a lot of people wear them as real pants and not like leggings. There’re more natural, non shiny, jeggings elsewhere and they look great with long tanks and tunics. They’re also extremely comfortable and really shows off your legs

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  • March 19, 2010


    Well, i think they are a good idea. The “Jeggings” Is a good name. It refers to Jeans, in Leggings. So when some one is talking about the “Jean leggings” Then the other will go, “Oh, You mean the Jeggings?”
    They are better fitting, and is a good idea. You can actually MOVE around in them, And they will fit you for longer, as they Stretch.
    I’m just making an opinion. I’d have to strongly disagree with you.
    The look is something new and fresh, and a good idea for cheapies.

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  • May 8, 2010


    i think that ‘jeggings’ are good idea but that they’re not very good in reality.
    because they’re really NOT very flattering at all. sure they look good on the annorexic models that stores use to advertise their clothing. but they generally don’t look as good on real people!
    i’m proud to say that even though all my mates are wearing them, i most definately will not! i could never betray my skinnies 🙂

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  • June 19, 2010


    I also used to think denim leggings were awful, and in honesty, the picture posted on this page IS awful. But they seem to have a new incarnation as being far more like jeans – deceptively so. I recently admired a friend’s skinnies, which I really liked, and I was shocked SHOCKED when I found out they were denim leggings. The “new” style seem to have thicker fabric, zippers!, pockets, and have a more lean-like and less legging-like fit. I bought a pair and I LOVE them. They look just like jeans. As long as you don’t buy them so tight that they are like a second skin, they would probably look pretty great on anyone that normally wears skinny jeans. (BTW – noone says “skeans”).

    But I REFUSE to call them jeggings. Denim leggings is fine, and if I want fewer and shorter syllables, I’ll call them “stretch denim”. (strenim, anybody?)

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    • June 19, 2010


      I meant to write jean-like, not lean-like. Maybe “jeggings” WAS a typo!!!!!

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  • August 4, 2010


    Love jeggings, think the name is cute…Its not a surprise that not every person can wear every fashion well. We all have different bodies. BUT these are adorable on the right person!

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    • August 12, 2010


      I CANT WAIT to see the plus size stores start to carry these, it will be as awful as when they started making plus size shiny spandex items. lol! If you’re over a size 8, please don’t but these!! (This is coming from someone who is a size 14, just becuase something comes in your size, does NOT mean you should wear it!!)

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  • August 14, 2010


    They missed a perfect opportunity to market them as “Leans.”

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  • September 23, 2010


    Jeggings are the devil in pant form! if you want jeans just wear jeans, leggings go under things like tunics not for pairing with a singlet top. Jeggings are not flattering, anything that can make a models butt look fat…well just imagine what its doing to a normal person’s.

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