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Jeggings: Not Quite Pants

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Jeggings: The Latest Trend

“I like your pants,” my old college friend Jana told my 5-year-old Ruby over the weekend.

“They’re not pants. They’re jeggings!” Ruby exclaimed and Jana and I had to laugh.

Just the name “jeggings” is pretty humorous, but it was even funnier hearing a 5-year-old speak so confidently about her fashion choices. Ruby looks like a rock ‘n roll chick when she wears them (especially when she’s got on her hot pink sequin flats).

To me, the name — and the idea — of jeggings is ridiculous. But at 42 and a size 12, I’m not the target audience. Instead, they’re perfect for skinny, celebrity moms. In fact, according to Famecrawler, “A-List moms Heidi Klum, Gwenyth Paltrow and Jessica Alba have all been spotted wearing the latest trend.” They’re all the rage with the school kids too.

For those of you who haven’t heard about jeggings yet, they’re denim leggings which look like skin tight jeans. But are they pants? Not really. I pretty much let Ruby wear them as she would leggings, but at 5, she looks adorable in anything (that’s not Ruby in the picture).

My Strollerderby colleague Robin Aronson wrote about her challenge in teaching her daughter the difference between tights and leggings. Instead of fighting her 5-year-old when she wanted to wear footless tights to school, Robin acquiesced. “I let her prance and preen in her leggings and tried to ignore the telltale seams on her bottom. She’s five and she’s happy and when she’s fifteen, she’ll know the difference between leggings and tights. At least, one can only hope.”

I’m not sure Ruby knows the difference between leggings, tights, jeggings and pants. But I’m also not sure it makes a difference at this point in her life.

What do you think? Do you think jeggings are cute on little kids? And would you let your daughter wear them to school?

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photo: flickr/gregvirdino

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