About a year ago, I opened a copy of Vogue Australia to read about the “latest” in pants … jeggings. Not jeans, not leggings. Jeggings. I wrote a blog post about it and promptly bought a black pair from Country Road.
And I wore them. A lot. And lots of other people bought the same pants. Lots of others tried to buy some … and they missed out.
Since that time, a lot of other clothing brands have included jeggings in their winter collections. Unfortunately some looked a little more on the leggings side of jeggings for my liking.
What the Country Road jeggings (which were actually called skinny stretch jeans) had on the side of style was that they actually zipped up and included back pockets. So they looked like jeans.
See, I come from the viewpoint that LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS. Leggings should only be worn as you would wear a pair of tights. Not with a short top revealing your butt and bits.
Jeggings, however, like my Country Road pair, can be styled as you would skinny jeans. Unlike traditional skinny jeans, these are actually comfortable and easy to get on. And if you’re blessed with curves, as I am, then they actually fit. You might even go down a size when buying them.
By now you’re probably wondering why I’m banging on about a pair of pants I bought 12 months ago, thinking isn’t she all smug, with her perfect jeggings that we all missed out on. WELL, get excited, because a recent late-night browsing on Country Road, lead to me discovering there is a new-season jegging in town.
This autumn-winter 2011, the Country Road skinny stretch jean is still $99 but it’s in a new colour – dark grey. (Obviously the new black)
Ok, just a couple of things to remember if embracing the jeggings look this season:
1. DO wear with ballet flats. Or flats with a pointy toe. The effect is an elongated leg. We love that.
2. DO wear with heels. I like a platformed pump. If you have an ankle boot or bootie in the same colour as the pants, this also lengthens the legs.
3. DO wear with a tunic-style or longer top. Add shape with a cropped jacket. This balances out the look. On me, this combo sucessfully disguises my child-bearing hips.
So, jeggings, are you for or against?
POST UPDATE: Due to peer group pressure, I pulled on my last year’s jeggings in the Queensland humidity for a photo. The reason - to show you that I’m not size 10 but still happy to wear my Country Road skinny stretch jeans (in this case with a Morrison dress, which I wear as a long tee).
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