If skinny jeans and leggings got together and had a baby, it would be denim leggings. By taking the taking the best of denim—like color, wash, pockets and buttons—and the best of leggings—like comfort and stretch—you end up with what can only be called pants perfection. While skinny jeans fall strictly into the denim category, defined by their skinny silhouette, which is fitted from waist to ankle, denim leggings sort of straddle the denim and leggings categories, with more structure than leggings and more stretch than denim. In a way, leggings—with their ‘painted on’ look—are like skinnier skinny jeans.
Oh dear me, jeggings. You know, ‘jeggings’—what you get when you combine ‘jeans’ and ‘leggings’—is actually a registered trademark. But people often use the word to describe denim leggings, sort of like you do when you call tissue ‘Kleenex’ (even though Kleenex is the brand). What qualifies as a jegging is a little fuzzy. Sometimes the term is used in reference to leggings that look like faux jeans—in other words, a denim wash, buttons, pockets and seams are printed on legging material. In other instances, jeggings means denim leggings, or pants that blend the features of jeans and leggings.
It’s okay. The line between skinny jeans and denim leggings is blurred. But, it’s a fashion win in any case. With either skinny jeans or denim leggings, you have the look and style of jeans, with buttons, belt loops, seams and pockets, and a nice, forgiving amount of stretch for a slimming effect.
Wear your denim leggings anywhere that you would wear skinny jeans, and most definitely as an alternative to leggings. Denim leggings are like regular leggings, dressed up a notch—no one can ever question you on their validity as pants. The skinny silhouette of denim leggings looks great with heels or wedges—your legs will go on for miles! Just add a cute top, a jacket and a satchel, and no one will ever guess that you’re just as comfortable as you would be sitting at home in a pair of leggings. Fool them all!