Thursday, November 4, 2010

I have a confession to make...

... my name is Christy and I own not one...but two pairs of Jeggings.

What!?!? That is something I never, ever, ever thought I would say...ever.

Jeggings.

I know... what a horrible, horrible trend you're thinking. I was right there with you.

It's true that when I first started seeing belts worn over sweaters and shirts I scoffed...and then eventually I caved to that trend. I also rolled my eyes when I first saw girls wearing knee high boots over their jeans - but I didn't last long with that one either - it's now one of my favorite looks.

Skinny jeans? "Only stick thin models can wear those tight {bleep} pants! Not a girl with curves like me!" And now I spread the positive message of skinny jeans paired with... that's right.. knee high boots. It's also true that I vehemently spoke out against the leggings trend - "That is soooo 80's - oh my gah!" And yet - I probably own about 12 different pairs of leggings now.

But I promised myself I would never cave to this trend - Jeggings. The word itself is way too close to another scary {red neck} fashion no-no... Jorts! "I will never, ever wear jeggings," I swore to myself, "skinny jeans, yes... leggings yes.... but skinny jeans + leggings?? Heck no!"

And here I am today...confessing to you that I am now a {not-so-} proud owner of Jeggings. It all started with an article I read online from a fashion writer who, like me, scoffed at the idea of Jeggings at first -- but she had a change of heart after trying the trend herself, saying they were the most comfortable things she's ever worn. (wish I could find the article to share with you, but alas, I'm not having luck finding it again...)

Then I put out a random tweet last week:


I got a few responses that were ALL positive about jeggings - saying that they are really denim, super stretchy, super comfortable, that they don't look bad when worn right AND you don't have to be 5'11 and stick thin to wear them {I'm barely 5'3...}.

I found this helpful article on Jeggings that tells you when and when not to wear them... from beautips.info.

Twitter follower AngelaNoelle told me that she actually got hers from Old Navy. So I went out to their site and took a look at their Jegging options - and every pair had over a hundred reviews, all of them mostly positive.

Hrmmm....

So yesterday during my lunch break I took a trip to the closest Old Navy - determined to see just what all the Jegging fuss was about.

It wasn't an easy feat by any means...

A) I had to constantly reassure myself that I would never wear these without a top that covered my waist and butt, so the fact that the top was elastic was not important -- so I couldn't get caught up on the way it looked at the top since my mind kept saying, "But it's an elastic waist band -- ewww!"
B) I had to try on several pairs and sizes until I finally found ones I was actually comfortable in -- and the not so positive was that I had to size up A LOT until I found a pair that wasn't too snug for my comfort-level, which may defeat the purpose of a Jegging.. but they are slightly loose around the legs enough that they look more like skinny jeans to me.

Verdict:
- Yes! They are made of stretchy denim and look just like skinny jeans, but with a much better and more comfortable fit!
- Yes! It was way more comfortable and flattering to have elastic at my waist under a tunic top than the typical, uncomfortable bulky jeans top.
- Yes! I really think with a tunic sweater/top/etc. and knee high boots, I can pull it off.

So I walked out of Old Navy with two pairs of Jeggings in hand {after I paid for them of course!}. P.S. The photos don't really do them justice - they look much better when on, I promise!

And now I'm considering buying another pair Old Navy sells that has a real jean top (button and zipper) that's made of the same material as the other pants I bought. They look a little more realistic. And guess what? Old Navy is giving 20% off today and tomorrow only - enter ONWINTER as the coupon code online!

If you are considering the same fate as my own and want to try jeggings:
- Go and try them on first and find a size that you're comfortable in - even if it means you have to size WAY up like I did.
- Wear a long tunic top and maybe boots when you go to try them on so you can get the full effect - I had on a short sweater and flats - so it was harder to visualize the big picture.
- Try different brands... I didn't do this and I somewhat regret it. Old Navy was easy to get to and the price was reasonable, and I wanted them sooner than later, so I didn't really have time to go a bunch of stores -- but if you do, I would recommend trying different brands, styles, etc. I've seen them on the websites of American Eagle, Urban Outfitters, Victoria Secret, etc.

You should have seen the faces of my girlfriends last night when I admitted to them that I bought Jeggings and actually like them....and that I will probably be wearing them Saturday for the Clemson game. Ha ha...we'll see if they are true friends and will actually hang out with me and my Jeggings on Saturday. :)

So.... am I a pathetic slave to fashion trends? Have you tried Jeggings? Verdicts? Are you going to point and laugh at me if you see me on Saturday wearing them? :)

I'll try to get some good pictures of me rockin' my Jeggings and post on here next week.

XOXO, Jegging Girl

10 comments:

Beth said...

if i could pull off jeggings, i would totally buy a pair. my friend sells them in her boutique.

Jordan Streetman (Southern Hospitality) said...

girl, I have four pairs. They look just like skinny jeans I but for girls with little waists and big butts they are perfect because there is no gap!

Janna said...

I may have to try a pair. I've been contemplating it- but haven't tried them! Looks like I'll be hitting old navy tomorrow!

Rachel said...

Maybe I will try them on this weekend, I have wanted a pair but none have looked good on me.

this free bird said...

yes!! welcome to the dark side!! i bet they look terrific.

Happy Weekend to YOU and your jeggings! Break 'em in girl :)

xoxo
Carrie

flip flops and pearls said...

oh mercy.....i may go try to find a pair to try on today!!

We need to see you in yours! :)

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong said...

i just can't get into the jeggings... i'm not sure why! everyone always has such great things to say about them!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I just bought my first pair of jeggings the other day. The store girl brought them to me and I said no way- i can't wear those but then i tried them on and fell in love! So cute and comfortable! Love it!p.s. got a great jewelry giveaway going on from Candy Shop Vintage- ends soon!

XOXO
Jessica

E said...

I blogged about jeggings recently as well, because I too was a skeptic. I bought a black pair of jeggings from Gap, actually! They rock! They don't have the elastic look, but a button/zipper just like real jeans. They're quite comfy... I acutally wore them last night with some grey boots over them :)

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