Jeggings are a relatively recent fashion phenomenon that became huge following the craze for skinny jeans. The word 'jeggings' is a blend of 'jeans' and 'leggings' and that is exactly what jeggings are! To help you find the best style for your body shape, here is a brief guide to help you find the right pair of womens jeggings.
The advantages of jeggings
Jeggings have the closely fitted appearance of ultra skinny jeans without any of the discomfort with the stiff and unyielding denim. Jeggings are heavily elasticated and usually contain a high percentage of lycra so they are very comfortable to wear; fans of jeggings agree that they are infinitely more comfortable that skinny jeans- especially with the comfort of a fully elasticated waistband.
Properly fitting jeggings should provide a sleek and streamlined silhouette without any wrinkles, bulges or gaping areas. It is always important to try a pair on before buying to ensure that they fit correctly- wrinkling around the knees is a sign that jeggings are too big, and bulges and rucking are a sign that they are too small.
Jeggings can be found in many colours, styles and patterns, and the thickness of the fabric can similarly vary. Some are nearly as thin as leggings while others are almost as thick as jeans. Most jeggings are ankle length, but some styles are cropped. The rise of jeggings- the distance between the crotch and the waistband- is normally on the waistline, although low-rise hipster jeggings can be sourced.
Jeggings for different bodyshape
Jeggings look great on all different shapes and sizes. To look your best in jeggings, it is always a good idea to think about your body shape and style your jeggings accordingly.
Pear Shaped Figures and Jeggings
Ladies with the wide hips and bottom, and narrower shoulders that are typical of this body type could benefit by opting for darker coloured jeggings that will slim the lower half of the body. Opt for high waisted jeggings to elongate the lower half of the body. High heels and brightly-patterned or embellished tunic style tops will also help to draw the focus away from the hips and thighs.
Banana Shaped Figures and Jeggings
Jeggings are easy to wear for women who have tall and slim figures that slightly resemble a banana. To add definition and curves, team cropped jeggings with a cropped waisted top, with a high neckline. Wear with a loose cardigan to suggest curves. Accessorise with a necklace and dainty ballet flats to add a feminine touch.
Hourglass Shaped Figures and Jeggings
Ladies with a hourglass figure have small waists and larger hips and shoulders that look like the silhouette of a traditional hourglass. This well-proportioned figure type doesn't need to minimise certain areas, but to draw attention to a tiny waist, look for hipster style jeggings that will dra the eye to curves. Wear with tops in clingy fabric such as jersey and high heels for a look that could work well for everyday or for a night out.
Apple Shaped Figured and Jeggings
Ladies with apple shaped figures tend to have large busts, shoulders and tummies, with comparatively narrow hips and legs. To draw attention to the legs, wear jeggings that are patterned or striped. Brightly coloured jeggings worn with a simple tunic-style top in a dark colour could be a flattering combination. Tunic-style tops are a good choice for both apples and pears to wear with jeggings as the loose shape skims over the common problems areas of the hips, tummy and thighs. Jeggings can also be worn with mid-thigh length empire-line style dresses, which are a particularly good choice for apples as the style of the neckline adds definition and structure to the bust.
A good rule of thumb is to always opt for the highest quality jeggings you can afford as they will generally wash better than ones made from cheaper fabrics, as well as retaining their shape and elasticity.