Go from early morning appointments to a late night dinner date in ultra comfort and style with the latest in leg wear: jeggings. This hot, new denim-legging hybrid is a symbiosis of traditional skinny jeans and stretchy, woven-knit leggings. The close-fitting, denim-style leggings give the perception of classic, pocketed skinny jeans but with the ease of cozy sweats, alleviating all constriction of the lower half. Many top designers are creating their own versions of the jean leggings: Tory Burch, Vince, Level 99, 7 for All Mankind, True Religion, Current/Elliot, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Habitual, J Brand, Gap, Rag & Bone and Abercrombie & Fitch are just some of the name brands offering jeggings this season.
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Select a complementary shade denim wash of jeggings. A dark wash without fading, bleaching or striations is a universally flattering wash and goes with everything from a basic tank to a sweater dress, according to Candice Caprice, owner of Per Lei Boutique in Media, Pa. Caprice recommends jeggings made by Vince ($245, as of September 2010), because they are lightweight, have faux pockets, a zipper and are very versatile. Faux pockets and a zipper closure are important details because they give the illusion of authentic jeans.
Wear a tunic or a longer length blouse; these types of tops work well with jeggings to balance sleek, structured legs. Layer a subtle, tissue tee under a relaxed, longer-length sweater, such as a button-front, boyfriend cardigan, or an unstructured, slouchy knit vest. Combine jeggings with a short dress or skirt for that edgy, rocker chic look.
Choose footwear to complement your jeggings. Keep in mind, jeggings’ length may determine what type of shoe to wear. Cropped jeggings can be paired with ballet flats for a polished retro look. Tuck full- or ankle-length jeggings into a pair of over-the-knee or knee-high textured boots in faux fur, shearling or suede for cold weather panache. Studded, smooth-leather ankle boots paired with jeggings elongate the legs and are the “it” boots of the season.
Cinch a feminine, fluid, Bohemian or Navajo-inspired tunic with a studded leather belt to offset the blue denim. Go classic with a black or chocolate leather belt or go with a trendy jewel-toned belt in glossy, patent leather emerald, violet, ruby or indigo; perfect for a sprinkle of color.
Wear a lightweight, utilitarian, military-inspired jacket, such as an anorak over jeggings. Opt for olive green, taupe or camouflage, the must-have shades of the season.
Balance your ensemble with delicate, longer-length necklaces or shoulder duster earrings. Opt for one or the other; wearing both at the same time is sure to result in overkill.
Choose a designer pair of jeggings, which are made well and will last more than one season.
Be sure to pick a pair of jeggings with faux pockets for the appearance of traditional jeans.
Choose the appropriate size; jeggings should be form-fitting but not overly tight.
References and ResourcesPer Lei Boutique
NY Daily News: Test Driving "Jeggings"
Star Tribune: Style Trend: What to Wear With Jeggings?
Piperlime: Brands of Jean Leggings
Today, MSNBC: Spring's Most Unique Trends