Leggings are NOT pants...But are jeggings?

After the temperatures dip a bit, I feel like I am surrounded by girls on my college campus wearing leggings as pants. I personally cannot stand this look- leggings are fine and good, and I even own a pair or two, that I wear under tunics- but they are not meant to be worn with a t-shirt that ends at the waistband. It is simply not flattering on even the best of bodies.

In addition to my very strong feelings against leggings, I'm very particular when it comes to jeans for myself. I like them dark or black rinse, and skinny. However, recently, I'm finding myself inexplicably attracted to the newest style of denim: jeggings. Part legging, part jean, they are supposed to be the skinniest skinny jean paired with the comfort of leggings. Jury is still out on whether or not I will actually be purchasing a pair for my wardrobe, but I've rounded up my top three picks, at various price points for you to check out. I suggest pairing them with wedges or ankle boots, a simple longer top, and a loose, boyfriend style jacket or cardigan.

The Zelda Jean Legging from Express, $59 (but right now, all denim on their site is buy one, get one half off), is a great option that comes in multiple colors. For not a lot of money, you can test out a trend, and the light color definitely is more casual than a darker hue, which would make it a great pick for day. Although light denim is more unforgiving, it is certainly trendy right now.

In the last year or so, Gap revamped their denim collection to include better-fitting, trendy styles in lots of washes, and all pairs are under $100, which is a plus in a designer-jean world. The Legging Jean in black, $70, is a perfect nighttime option.

I've heard lots of great things about J Brand's 901 Legging, $200. They are supposed to be super flattering, and super comfortable as well. They are definitely a splurge, so I would stick with the "Clocker" shade, which is a dark rinse, which guarantees that they will go from day to night, and you could wear them for many seasons to come.

How do you feel about jeggings, and leggings in general?


  1. I like the look as well....just wish I was the demographic to wear them!