The appropriate use of jeggings.

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Here’s a link to a video of  Conan O’Brien in his jeggings.  But he’s skinny.

Model and colleague Laurie rockin' the jeggings from Express.

Yesterday my friend Cheryl from King of Prussia, Penna., and my colleague Laurie took me to task on Facebook for mocking jeggings. Being the liberal minded hippy chick that I am, I’m all about doing what feels good when it feels good as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Love the one you’re with, right? Or like, if you can keep a secret. Whatevs.

And every once in a while I pontificate on something I feel strongly about. When I was at 24-Hour Fitness Hawaii Kai getting my elliptical sweat glow on yesterday morning, there was a news item on TV about how wearing jeggings makes you flabby, is bad for circulation, and could lead to other maladies I don’t feel like mentioning. Still, if you can wear those, or the Pajama Jean, gawd bless ya. But for the most part, women who do wear them, shouldn’t. This is what I mean about doing the world no harm. When you see something that makes you wanna look away and feel embarrassed for someone, that’s what I’m talking about. In fact, I had seen a high school girl in a pair the night before and honestly someone should have taken her aside and said, “Uh, honey, that muffin top don’t go with those daikon legs you got wrapped up in those stretchy jeans!”

On the weekends, my regular outfit includes bicycle shorts. Not for walking around. For actually riding my bicycle. So I’m familiar with the pour-oneself-int0-a-pair-of-tightness-and-jump-up-and-down-to-get-all-the-seams-and-stuff in the right place. I also know well, appreciate, and deeply value the 2-percent Spandex content in jeans. It keeps them from sagging in the butt. It keeps them up. It keeps the butt up, somewhat. And admittedly, I have large calves that could crack walnuts, so a tight fit all the way down my leg is uncomfortable. I should mention I love my boot cut Levis.

Laurie poured herself into her jeggings for us today. She says they're comfortable. I believe it.

Today, with deference to our Facebook convo yesterday about jeggings, Laurie is wearing a pair today. She modeled them for this blog. Admittedly, the young gun looks lovely in them. Given she’s young and all the exercising she does, she should! But I’m like 15 years older than her. I’m not going anywhere near jeggings anytime soon. Relieved, aren’t ya?

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.


  1. wait, are those jeggings or just snug jeans? i want to get the terminology straight. checking out the jeggings wiki page and a google of the term make me wonder. i’m not missing your point about physique-appropriate clothing … i just want to have my terms in order.

  2. ok, now i know. hooray for education. i’d say hooray for jeggings, too, except the ice looks thin over in that part of the pond.

  3. And I’m glad to say that I’ll continue ignoring the dictates of the greedy fashion industry. You know their next move after this will be to make very-loose-fitting pants the kewl fashion of the season.

  4. I’m gonna admit it: yes, I have jeggings. But I’ve only worn them once. I’m saving them for the next time I eat at a buffet. 🙂

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