Jeggings. They’re back

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 63 Comments

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)

Country Road skinny stretch jean $99

This year's jeggings with asymetric long tank $79.95 and Aia lace-up bootie $199

THE jeggings with bomber jacket $199; stone print tunic $129 and Aia lace-up bootie $199

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).

Me in my Country Road "jeggings" with a Morrison dress worn as a tee. Ballet flats from Witchery

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Comments 63

  1. I like stretch jeans, but I’m tall and it’s hard for me to find tops that are long enough to be tunic-like. These were my exact thoughts 12 months ago, Mrs Woog. They are very comfortable and unliek some other brands the Country road ones look a little more dressy, I dress them up & down, sometimes with high heels and a nice top, other times in my flat boots and casual T..

  2. I dont mind those type of jeggings, that actually look wearable, places like supre however have put me off, their jeggings really arent flattering, and thay are just blue leggings

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      Oh, Grace, I hear you! They’re just awful. But if you look in Supre of late they’re still selling the blue leggings but they’ve also got a more expensive pair ($50) that is more of a denim-type material. My daughter got some – I wouldn’t let her get the others!!

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  3. Wow, those look really good! I wonder if they have them in the New Zealand stores because I’d like to try them on. Nothing like the awful pieces of crap you can pick up from the Supre’ bargin bin!

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  4. I’m actually against jeggins, if they’re worn like jeans and not like leggins. This may be different if they have a zipper and pockets, but I think normal jeggins are just utterly unflattering and I day by day see so many people wearing leggins and jeggins and treggins or whatever with simple shirts showing off their butt. I think it’s horrible, but at least we have something to talk about 😛

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  5. Great post! I do not wear jeggings, but then maybe I should? With a long tunic top, ballet flats and a cropped jacket they might be cute, even on my mega curves. You’ve opened my eyes! Now I think I might have to try.

    Love,
    Heather 
    http://heathersdesignblog.com/

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  6. Country road have 3 pair this year –
    grey very similar to last years and an olive and black
    still amazing but fabric a bit thicker which i think
    was needed for the cooler weather . I two loved loved
    loved last years jegging and will confess I purchased
    a few pairs ( 2 in blk and 2 in blue) best investment ever.

    Do also look for the new jodpur jegging at CR – i know, do not wear it
    without a longer top/tunic unless u are a goddnesS then in which I hate u .. Lol

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  7. wow! love the jeggings gal:-) hot! lol… wish i could fit into a pair yer right with my thunder thighs doubt it muchly x
    love the top as well .
    Gosh i need someone aka like you! to re do my entire bloomin cloths hehe

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  8. I’m all about leggings and skinny jeans, but … together? I’m so scared of stretchy denim-ish looking pants with pockets etc.

    HOWEVER.

    I trust you implicitly. I must investigate.

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  9. I am not usually one for keeping an eye on what’s stylish, but I enjoyed reading your tips at the end on how to make your legs look longer etc. Don’t think jeggings would be the go in the Cairns heat, however.

    Popping over from FYBF.

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  10. Tight pants are tight pants no matter what you call them … and tight pants still only look REALLY good on a minute proportion of the population!! The first pic (ie the one without the actual body in them) still shows the jeggings with a slim leg and no belly – I rest my case!!

    But I can appreciate them on other people … have a great weekend!!

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  11. I like stretch jeans, but I’m tall and it’s hard for me to find tops that are long enough to be tunic-like. If I found a good source I would buy loads, both long and short-sleeved.

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  12. Jeggings are not my friend either, and I would have to say here(because I am opinionated) that they don’t endear themselves to many of us! Some wear them, but really shouldn’t!! Its terrible itsn’t it? I am sure they would be comfortable, but since they are so skin tight, it just doesn’t make for an item of clothing that most women can wear AND look good in:( Good on you for wearing them and looking good too though;)

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  13. Love my self a pair of jeggins, but a very pear shaped at the moment. Once I ditch a few more kilos I’ll be rushing out to find some. I do love the pocket details and zip on the CR ones.

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  14. I thought leggings and jeggings were the same thing with detailing… I have much to learn!! I STILL think that only about 1 in every 100 women can get away with wearing jeggings without a long top or dress. It’s just not a pleasant look unless you have NO excess fat on your thighs. IMO, of course. x

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    2. Hi I luv the country road jeggings, I bought a size 12, as I am a regular size 12, but after a few wears they stretched alot, so I went back and bought a size 10, I recommend you get one size smaller, they stretch but are so flattering, I always get compliments when wearing these, and have been asked if I have lost weight while wearing them. They are very comfortable and unliek some other brands the Country road ones look a little more dressy, I dress them up & down, sometimes with high heels and a nice top, other times in my flat boots and casual T.. Highly recommended!!

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        So true, you do need to buy down a size. A good rule of thumb when buying any jeans is that if you can fit two fingers between waistband and your body then they will be saggy and baggy within hours of your wearing them.

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