If you search the internet for the origin of leggings, Google yields a definitive date: 1959 (Lycra was invented the previous year). However, a virtual query for the advent of a certain stretchy-pant offshoot — the jegging — leads you down a less factual path. It instead produces a slew of articles denouncing the very invention of the dungaree-legging hybrid. Often mocked and ridiculed, this sartorial chimera has been cast to the bottom of the fashion food chain — where everyone from The Daily Beast (deeming it “The Trend From Hell”) to Cosmopolitan (detesting its “front pocket fake-out” effect) have taken critical swings.
However, if you think that jeggings are the only way that denim can be comfortable, think again. Jeans can take on multiple forms (and cotton-spandex ratios), lending themselves to styles that are much more digestible for fashion folk. As comfy-pant enthusiasts, we like to leave no stone unturned (so that you can leave no pant unzipped) — and so we found a few forgiving pairs of jeans that hit the mark ahead. These styles are stretchy without sacrificing integrity and relaxed without revealing they’re literally effortless. Try them on and find out — you may never take them off.
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