Monday, 11 January 2010

Jeggings invasion

Reading that "jeggings" was on the Oxford English Dictionary's new-word list reminds me I've been meaning to write a blog on the jeggings phenomenon. Out and about in London, I notice how all girls are wearing jeggings. And not like they were wearing leggings a few seasons back, as a replacement for hosiery under short skirts. No, they're wearing them instead of skinny jeans, without bothering to cover their arses (maybe it's the relief: they are certainly more comfortable). West London teenagers wear theirs with Ugg boots in the park, while trendies team them with high-tops for clubbing. Like Uggs, jeggings have been embraced by certain celebrities. I remember reading an interview with Megan Fox (I think it was in the New York Times T magazine), in which the journalist noted Fox was obsessed with leggings, wearing them with heels and a long cardigan. Lindsay Lohan has her own line of leggings, 6126. Also like Uggs, they invite snobbish comments in that they are seen as a bit common. Whether they will survive the cold snap remains to be seen, but there's no doubt we're in the midst of a full-blown jeggings invasion.

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