“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
For those of you who haven’t heard this terminology before (and yes, there are many, which prompted this post) the jegging is essentially a hybrid between a jean and a legging. Some are a little more jean (see Paige Premium Denim or Joe’s Jeans versions) and some are a little more legging (see Hue).
I’m a “yay” on this, but with a few key styling tips and watch outs. Also, I do acknowledge that this isn’t an equal opportunity fashion trend, because they are by no means universally flattering. I was actually pretty much against them when a friend of mine showed me hers a year or so ago. Being short and more curvy I didn’t wear a lot of leggings. But these were surprisingly comfortable and easy to wear, and similar to the skinny jean (another trend I was late to adopt but have now fully embraced) I now find I want to wear them all the time. A big advantage to these is they are great if you wear a lot of boots, since there’s not that thick denim bunching up, and between your long top and knee-high boots you really only have a few inches of actual jegging showing.
I’d like to try the Paige ones, above, that you can find on shopbop.com (click the image). For now, the ones I run around in on the weekends or my days off with the kids are the Hue Jeanz, I have black and am getting the denim blue this week. I like that at $34 they’re WAY cheaper than jeans, similar in price to regular leggings, but a lot thicker and more substantial, so you don’t feel like your rear is hanging out.
OK, now I really want to get that taupe cocoon cardigan in the picture. Isn’t it great? Well, those are my thoughts, but first and foremost, jeggings are a trend and as with any trend, I think you have to feel confident and comfortable in them or you should just skip it. I have done that with many trends (vests, harem pants, giant oversized bags, to name a few). If fashion doesn’t make you feel good then I think it’s sort of missing the point. For my friends who hate the jegging craze, all I can say is there’s nothing wrong with a straight-leg or boot-cut jean, and this too shall pass.