Interesting article about Denim Leggings

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I saw this article about Denim Leggings, slating them and saying how horrible they are… It’s worth a read but I don’t think the person who is writing it has actually tried denim leggings properly. She is assuming they are so tight they cut off your circulation and are really bad for you. Most of us who own denim leggings, especially the premium brands, know that they are very very comfy and just like normal leggings, they are not some horrible, really really tight, devil jeans that you can’t breathe in. 7 For All Mankind, Paige Premium, Citizens of Humanity, Current/Elliott and so many other brands have super comfortable jeggings, you just have to try them to find that out. I was wondering what is your opinion on denim leggings? Do you find them comfy and really cute to go under your longer tops? Or do you dislike the way they look and feel? I’m actually glad they came out, I love skinnys but a lot of them were too tight and not very comfortable so making them like leggings was a life saver!I wear them all the time with longer tops and boots, flats or heels, they are very versatile.

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Does anyone actually look good in jeggings? Rebecca Dana on the evil spawn of jeans and leggings. I can’t feel my legs.

We are now three seasons into the 21st century’s worst fashion trend, in which women suck, pull, and squeeze themselves into denim-colored sausage casings and then waddle around pretending they’re wearing blue jeans. Just looking at these tragic hybrid “pants” can cut off a person’s circulation. Actually putting on a pair is a clinically proven health hazard.
Yet the scourge of the “jeggings” persists.

They are everywhere: On Whitney Port, doe-eyed star of MTV’s The City; dip-dyed onto ubiquitous British model Agyness Deyn; bunched up on the floor of American Apparel fitting rooms; stretched like a helium balloon across the entire Jersey Shore. With a finger in each belt loop, they have even huffed and puffed and hauled their way up into the Oxford English Dictionary.
Two percent Lycra-spandex, at a minimum, and dyed to look just like 501s, with fake back pockets straining against even the slimmest rump and obscene little painted-on notches where the fly should be: They look good on precisely no one. But now, in 2010, after a year and a half in a recession, when we’re all supposed to be a little wiser and more sensible about our purchases, these horrible things are still flying off the shelves. Last summer, Women’s Wear Daily reported that such vaunted brands as Seven for All Mankind, BCBG, and, yes, even Levi’s were on the hunt for the latest “superstretchy denim” that will suction ever-tighter against women’s legs. Which means we have at least another season of acid-washed, faux-distressed, cotton-polyester leggings to come.

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A portmanteau of “jeans” and “leggings,” jeggings are the product of a convergence of two recent trends, each inoffensive on its own but in combination, a bombÔÇöa “don’t” according to New York magazine, which has carefully chronicled the rise of the surprisingly durable phenomenon; “tragique-istan” in the words of Wall Street Journal fashion columnist Teri Agins.

Skinny jeans have been around long enough that we’ve pretty much figured them out. J. Crew, Banana Republic, and Club Monaco make them. Whatever your body type, you can find a pair that fit well enoughÔÇöa stiff material, a dark wash, a forgiving cut. Leggings came back in the mid-Aughts, but Vogue laid down ground rules right away, to prevent a full reprise of the perilous 1980s: Leggings were to be worn in moderation, with blousy tops and boots. No visible waist-bands. For heaven’s sake, no stirrups.

And then, like a Vespa gang of European teenagers, jeggings invaded our shores. It’s not clear who bears the ultimate responsibility for this pestilence, but the safe bet is to blame TopShop. The beloved British trend emporium landed in Manhattan last spring and brought with it Kate Moss, high-end stripper heels, and an Americanized version of what shoppers across the Atlantic called “treggings.” Trousers, leggings, jeansÔÇöthey are none of the above.

Jeans were created as affordable, durable pants for manual laborers in the 19th century. Beginning in the mid-20th century, they were co-opted by schoolboys, hippies, the Gap, and eventually luxury brands that did all sorts of crazy things with rips, dyes, and spandex content, and then jacked the price up to around $200 or more. You can quibble with some of the clothing items calling themselves “jeans” nowadaysÔÇöyou can debate about colors, cuts, and price-pointsÔÇöbut one thing is for sure: Jeans do not give you camel toe.

We hereby call for an end to jeggings. Listen up, Taylor Swift, Cameron Diaz, Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and the costume department at the CW: Enough is enough. It’s a new year, a new decade, and high time American women put on some pants.

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  1. EXCELLENT ARTICLE!! where was this first printed? Sorry to say, but living here in New York City I see way too many women in tacky, painted-on jeggings that do not look flattering in the least. Sweats are comfy, too, but hardly permissable to head out for a night on the town. Same goes for Jeggings. Keep tops blousey, learn proportions, for Lord’s sake read the Sart’s blog and see how it should be done: With a ginger touch and sense of irony. But don’t assume jeggings are a substitute for trousers or jeans 😉

  2. I think it depends which ones you buy, I think worn with a long top to cover the butt they look great. They are not too flattering in the crotch and butt so you should definitely wear a longer top. You can get the thicker ones too like on Heidi in 7s and Zoe in AG, those look really good. It all depends how people are wearing them. You need to really treat them as a legging, not like a jean you can wear a short top with if they are the thinner ones 🙂

  3. I assume in that case she wore the really thin stretchy ones which are like actual leggings, longer tops definitely need to be worn with those, I’ve seen them like that without longer tops and it’s not too pretty lol.

  4. I have to say I am actually somewhat offended by this article. I would like to start off by saying that I work for a denim company and have seen a plethora of jeggings from concept to conception. Yesterday I finished up our lookbook shoot in which I wore at least 20 pairs of jeggings, IN MY SIZE, and I didn’t want to take a single pair off. In fact I proceeded to wear a pair home they were so comfortable.

    She is most likely not trying the correct size. You have to dress for your body type, of course there are probably many women who should not attempt jeggings just as they should not attempt leggings or spandex! And it appears she is envisioning jeggings as an actual legging made out of denim, not so! The fabric for jeggings is much thinner and stretchier and thus fits just like a legging (and as comfortable) with a denim look,not a denim tight feel!

    Ok, done ranting. I’m just saying…jeggings are popular for a reason, they’re awesome!

  5. It’s all about style, cut, and most of all FIT. To say denim leggings are only meant for *insert size here* shaped women is presumptuous. This article would hold a bit more clout if the author had stated whether they’d personally tried on/done physical research with the product. A mini-rant does not sway my opinion on a new trend.

    Certainly this look won’t please or flatter all sizes, but if worn and paired with the right garments and accessories- much like with ANYTHING, it can compliment a person’s wardrobe.

    Either way, it is a trend garnering more and more attention in cities ( thanks in part to celebs being photographed doning a pair). Let’s see where it goes.

  6. Hi Lorna, thank you for this interesting article!
    I really like Denim and Shiny Leggings.
    It’s the perfect styling for parties and shopping tours 😉