First of all, I may need to provide a definition here. What is a jegging, you ask? It’s a deceptively simple equation, which as you shall see, is not always so simple to wear. Jeans + legging = jeggings. Women have been wearing them for the last year or so. Well, some women have been wearing them. Some would rather be dipped into a vat of Axe Body Spray.
I’m in the “yes to jeggings” camp, with a few caveats: a) They must be the right size. b)Your posterior should always be covered. Traditional jeggings are very stretchy denim usually having an elastic waistband. Some brands just make a really stretchy jean made out of thinner denim, yet still having traditional jean styling and a zipper. It’s tricky territory, the jegging.
It’s men’s Fashion Week in Milan right now. I’m not sure many men on the UWS really know or care. And I’m fine with that. But then two things happened within days of each other, making me think that perhaps the sensibilities of Milan and uptown men are not so far apart.
Dear readers, I saw this man on the street the other day:
Yes, that is 91st and Broadway. And no, I’m not referring to the gentleman in the suit. Those are a dime a dozen up here.
The extreme tightness of those jeans caught my attention to the extent that I shoved my child out of the way and ran half a block to get this paparazzi-esque shot. I intended to write about him eventually. Then yesterday I saw this piece on Fashionista.com. Apparently designers on the Milan runways are showing a lot of skinny pants for guys.
There are very few guys that can pull this look off –pun intended. Jeggings for men come with all the issues that women’s do: unsightly muffin top, creases in weird places on your thighs. Men also have the issue of fertility. I mean, these are TIGHT. And as a veteran jegging wearer, I can assure you that they don’t breathe very well.
Guys, think carefully before you try this trend out.