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*MILMOL - FASHION GURU*
Well hardly, but these jeggings turned out to be an inspirational addition to my wardrobe. Not being what you may call slim, I was always wary of buying or wearing leggings of any sort, but over the last winter that all changed...
Lets face it last winter was a winter of boots and big jumpers, and in my mind I knew that a pair of tight jeans would complete that particular look. But size 16-18 and tight jeans are, for me, a combination that don't go together. Skinny jeans tend to come with a low waist and a zip about 3 inches long, and when you have a tummy then that's nevery going to have a happy outcome.
I spotted these jeggings on the Debenhams website on sale at £16.00. As I say, I'd always shied away from leggings, but these really looked great, and of course, the attraction of the elasticated waist was a big swaying factor! Being the RJR brand, I thought the quality would be good, the product had 5/5 star rating, and looked good on the website. They are made in sizes 8-22, I'm usually a size 16 in trousers - but sometimes 18 - and ordered 16 in these, which were perfect.
*THE JEGGINGS LOOK*
So Jeggings are a Jeans/Leggins hybrid. They're not actual denim - these are 80% Cotton, 18% Polyester and 2% Elastine. Being leggings they don't have a fly, just pull on with an elasticated waist. They have contrasting stitching down the seam of the leg, around the cuff, the 'fly' and to detail the pockets. The main front hand pockets are dummy pockets (just stitching) although the little square pocket at the front and the two back pockets are actual pockets. There are rivets at the waistband and seam where the "pockets" end. The colour is a very dark blue, although there is a slight stonewash effect (i.e. not solid dark blue).
The first time I put these on I was really, really happy. The feel of the fabric is soft, not like denim, and obviously being jeggings they fit very snugly without wrinkling. Sure enough, the waist was nice and high and being elasticated, extremely comfortable.
Over the course of the next few hours, though, I did find a problem with them - a tendency to wriggle down on the waist. There's nothing worse than constantly feeling the need to hitch up your trousers. Often I find it's more a 'feeling' that they are coming down, rather than being an actual reality, but it was hard to shake the feeling and quickly became a bit annoying (both to me and probably to my mates!).
The best thing though was they were super comfortable when they remained in position! The elasticated waist means sitting or moving around (or eating) there's no cutting in of a waistband, the legs didn't wrinkle up the leg or at the knees at all - equally, they didn't go baggy at the knees after sitting down either.
*AND SINCE THEN?*
I've washed, worn, washed, worn, washed, worn (etc etc...) these jeggings since I bought them in November and they still look good as new. After washing, they don't need ironing (another bonus) and are probably my most-used item of clothing in my wardrobe. One little adaptation I made is that I have stitched two loops to hold a belt which I sometimes use to add the confidence and help keep them high up on my waist. They even still look smart enough to dress 'up' with a top if I'm going out at night which as I say is a great bonus, with their very 'forgiving' waist! They look great with little flat shoes and t-shirts now that its a bit (!) warmer, but also good with ankle boots or tucked into bigger boots. A really versatile wardrobe essential in my opinion.