We can argue over whether jean leggings are truly leggings or just REALLY skinny jeans, but….however you define them they’re a hot trend for spring (okay, you can call them jeggings if you wish, but we’re going to resist). We like them for both their retro 80s fabulousness and their potential to make our legs look a mile long. The good news is that the latest jean leggings come in a wide variety of washes so you can either go super trendy (light or acid wash, high waist) or super chic (mid to low rise, classic dark wash). Here, jean leggings we like for spring, all under $50.
1. The five-pocket Fabulous Legging, $39, Newport News
Flattering dark wash, check. Fabric that looks like denim but with the forgiving “give” of leggings, check. Longer, leaner looking legs, check.
2. Skinny Jean Leggings, Bare Necessities, $25 on sale
These jean leggings are super slim and a medium wash, for those who want to ride the fence … we see these with a cream or white feminine blouse (for contrast) and some bold-colored season-straddling ankle boots.
3. Vila Stonewash Denim Jean Leggings, on sale $30.77, Asos
For a full-on 80s vibe, these throwback stonewash leggings are club-ready — throw on a silky feminine top and some strappy heels to keep the look modern instead of a failed attempt to recapture senior year. Remember: a lighter wash tends to magnify the lumps and bumps, so if you’re worried about spotlighting trouble spots (we’re right there with you) these might not be the leggings for you. If you must indulge but you’re not model, need-to-eat-a-sandwich, super stick thin, pair them with a tunic top to balance the silhouette and camouflage anything you’d rather keep under wraps.
4. Crop Zelda Jean Legging, $49.50, Express
A cropped dark wash legging is the more casual way to wear the trend — pair with a short-sleeve button down and colorful flats to keep the look flirty and very 2010.
5. Seam Back Faux Jean Legging, $49.50, Express
This pair if probably the as classic as the jean legging can get — denim, dark, super super slim. These jean leggings are grown-up sexy and possibly (well, almost) timeless with pumps — add a couple of layered tanks, and you’re good to go.