Jeggings Just Won’t Go Away

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Whitney Port illustrates how to wear jeggings in May 2009. Photo: Getty Images

Jeggings really took off this year. Fast-fashion retailers like Topshop and H&M picked up on the jeans-and-leggings combination back in spring 2009, and since then, they just haven't gone away. It didn't help when celebrities like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Whitney Port all modeled the painted-on denim look, which seems to flatter very little, despite being worn so much. Now the Oxford English Dictionary announced that the combination word made the book's new-word wait list, among other terms like "unfriend" and "staycation," both of which seem so real compared to "jeggings." It's not officially in the dictionary until publishers decide that it has become a permanent fixture of the English language, so there is still the possibility that the world will reject these. But with the path they're on right now, jeggings are heading right in the direction of Uggs: here to stay, forever.

New words of 2009: the year tweetups and snollygosters arrived [Guardian UK]
Simples! Meerkat catchphrase leads tweetups, jeggings and staycations as word of 2009 [Daily Mail UK]