Jeggings

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A woman wearing jeggings.

Jeggings /ˈɛɡɪŋz/ are leggings that are made to look like skin-tight denim jeans.[1]

Wear[edit]

Jeggings were brought on by the resurgence in style of skinny jeans in the mid- to late-2000s (decade), when a higher demand for an even tighter style of pants came about.[2] Since jeggings are typically made of a denim/spandex blend, they are often worn on their own as opposed to under a skirt or dress. Some jeggings have front fastening facilities while others just have an elastic waistband and no pockets.

With respect to material, jeggings fall into two main categories:

  1. Jeggings that are legging material made to look like denim with fake pockets and belt loops
  2. Jeggings that are a true cross between denim and legging material. "Denim jeggings" are essentially a denim fabric with the elasticity of a legging.

The latter are more similar to skinny jeans than the former. Some designers call "denim jeggings" pull-on jeans rather than jeggings.[3]

Fashion trend[edit]

Jeggings entered the fitness world in early 2009. Jeggings were among the more popular clothing items of 2010, according to business reporting.[4]

Popular culture[edit]

In 2011 "Jeggings" was entered into the twelfth edition of Concise Oxford English Dictionary.[5] Conan O'Brien wore a pair during the taping of Conan on 2 December 2010, the night after admitting his (tongue-in-cheek) love for jeggings to Project Runway's Tim Gunn.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Jeggings' to take pants fashion by storm". Oneindia.in. Asian News International. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "How to Wear Jeggings". StyleTips101.com. 2009/2010. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Brown, Cynthia (23 March 2011). "Desperately Seeking Jeggings". Go Chic or Go Home. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Rosenbloom, Stephanie (7 April 2010). "Upbeat Times Revive Consumers' Mood for Spending". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Lawless, Jill (19 August 2011). "'Retweet,' 'sexting,' 'jeggings' enter Oxford dictionary". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Weiss, Shari (3 December 2010). "Conan O'Brien struts his stuff in a pair of jeggings: 'I'm never taking them off!'". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 28 October 2012. 

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