Top 5 of the week: denim joggers

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Now here’s a perfect soft pant/hard pant hybrid, deeply comfortable and perfect for spring. This pair comes in a few good washes, but I like this broken-in blue best. I also think the drawstring belt is a cute touch.

I just received this J Brand pair—I ordered it last week—and not only is it pretty cool-looking, but it also has just a ton of stretch, without looking like it has a ton of stretch, which is key. Word to the wise: they indeed have so much stretch that you might want to consider going down a size.

This pair is really well-priced, and perfect for lounging.

These, from Rag & Bone, look just like they’re denim, but it’s really a trompe l’oeil effect, and they’re made of sweatpant material. Fun trick!

I think this light blue wash is perfectly retroish, in a 70s way.

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27 Thoughts on Top 5 of the week: denim joggers
    Elizabeth
    30 Mar 2021
    1:43pm

    It feels like these all would look good on thin, no hipped woman. I am healthy, but have thighs and hips. It seems like these all would make me look frumpy and dumpy…

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      Kim France
      30 Mar 2021
      4:37pm

      I don’t know, Elizabeth, I’ve got thighs and hips and they work OK on me.

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    MARGARET
    30 Mar 2021
    7:53am

    But do these garments not marry the worst aspects of jeans (stiff fabric) and sweatpants (ankle-choking elastic)? Please bear in mind that I write this message clad in red flannel penguin-printed PJ pants that I cut the bottoms off because I have short legs. After this past year I don’t even know what real clothes are like anymore.

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    Karen
    30 Mar 2021
    8:29am

    I own a pair of denim joggers from Mother. They predate the pandemic by a year or so. Honestly I reach for them a lot less that I thought. Imo What makes a good pair of jeans is some weight to the fabric, which I think works against the best aspects of joggers. At least for me, I find I’m constantly pulling them up.

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    y.k.
    30 Mar 2021
    8:43am

    totally agree. i will never understand choking of the ankle.
    But i would like to check out that trompe l’oeil denim – kind of reminds me of a tuxedo jumpsuit a clown would wear!

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    MaryAlice
    30 Mar 2021
    11:23am

    I did not know such a thing existed.

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    Dawn
    30 Mar 2021
    11:24am

    I had a pair of light cotton army green cargo pants with a thin, wide elastic at the bottom that I just loved. Took a tumble hiking in Vermont and received a perfect L-shaped “hole” that looked so funky I continued to wear them until the hole got too big. I’ve been trying to find something similar ever since!

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    maryse
    30 Mar 2021
    11:34am

    I like the first ones, but the others are a solid no. Way too “look like a pump, feel like a sneaker” to me.

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      Carlene
      30 Mar 2021
      11:38am

      It’s the elastic. If you yanked that out of the hem they’d be fine.

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      kimbersam
      30 Mar 2021
      12:00pm

      Worked in a department store during the reign of that campaign. I just flashed on riding down the escalator, past the shoe department on my way to turn in the deposit from the register. That ad (Women playing basketball in heels) played on the shoe department video screen from 10 AM to 9:30 PM. Memories!

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    Jill
    30 Mar 2021
    9:00am

    I’m giving the J. Brand ones a go. I’ve been trying to branch out and try new things so why not jogger jeans? What kind of shoes do you wear with yours, Kim?

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    cw
    30 Mar 2021
    9:43am

    Being claustrophobic about certain things…I confess that it is impossible for me to wear any sort of pant with elastic at the leg hem. I have no idea why this binding bothers me so much, but my therapy sessions are too full as is without including yet one more thing. However, the very first pair seems to just have a very narrow leg opening (also something that can drive me up the wall) rather than elastic so those I might try. And I will also confess that I don’t like the look of boots with a higher heel (or high heels) with jogger jeans. I need a primer on proportion––I have a new neighbor (recently moved here from Manhattan––what was she thinking?!?!?!?) and no matter what she is wearing she looks fabulous. I realized the other day one reason for this is, in part, because the proportions of her outfits always works no matter how she’s dressed. She also always looks effortless and French so lots to take in from this new neighbor!

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    Hanna
    30 Mar 2021
    11:46am

    Can someone explain women’s pants/denim sizing? More specifically why they don’t just list garment sizing on all sites and skip the general sizes altogether? A caveat, I have a super “special” butt, so I never fit into whatever the uber-guide says, plus they’re meaningless anyway since the pants themselves seem to be all over the place. My rant is coming after a year of trying to order pants online with very little luck.

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      Jenny
      30 Mar 2021
      1:11pm

      I am currently printing out the return label for the 4th and 5th pair of jeans I’ve ordered in the last month. I’m giving up on hard pants. No manufacturer seems to cut for my body (not much of a waist, round but not-squishable belly, substantial muscular booty, slim hips). It was hard to find jeans and trousers that fit before I gained pandemic/peri-menopause weight, and now… no way. Although, I have complaints too about blazers and tops… maybe I’m just a crank.

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        Heather
        31 Mar 2021
        9:09am

        Jeans are something I find completely impossible to buy online, even if I buy in two sizes intended to send one back (they both end up going back). If you’re comfortable going into stores, I’ve scored at Nordstrom Rack.

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        Liz
        30 Mar 2021
        11:02pm

        Ugh, I know. I especially can’t stand how 90s mom jeans never seem to look like mom jeans in the photos. Straight jeans does not equal baggy 90s mom jeans, Madewell. WTF?

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          Viajera
          31 Mar 2021
          12:04pm

          hi Liz – if you find a photo of the kind of jeans you are looking for, please put the link – I am curious. Well, nosy, really, if we get right down to it.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        30 Mar 2021
        11:25pm

        Try Madewell Perfect Vintage jeans. I have no waist, a tummy, a round butt, and proportional hips – they work great for me. There’s one J Crew style that works for me, too – Vintage Straight. Love them!

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    Amy C
    30 Mar 2021
    11:55am

    I recently purchased the gap factory joggers. For those saying they are afraid of tight elastic they are not tight at all. I plan to wear them with leather flat sandals or flip flops. I’m 5’3” and they are ankle length on me. Must confess I had to warm to the idea of these denim joggers as they reminded me of something my grandma would have worn. I started with a pair navy linen ones from gap factory that I wore instead of shorts two summers ago. They became my go tos that I wore several times a week. I think gap factory still sells the linen joggers in multiple colors.

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      kimbersam
      30 Mar 2021
      7:00pm

      They do. I found gray and medium gray blue.

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    Kelly Simmons
    30 Mar 2021
    12:00pm

    I’ve tried to buy those dark wash Rag & Bone joggers for a year, and they’re always sold out BUT NOW I GOT ‘EM. yayyyyy

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      EW
      30 Mar 2021
      3:47pm

      me too!!!

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    Eloise
    30 Mar 2021
    12:40pm

    Today’s the rare post were my wallet isn’t in the slightest bit of danger!

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      Eloise
      30 Mar 2021
      1:15pm

      *where….and consider this my vote for an “Edit Reply” feature next website revamp.

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    Viajera
    30 Mar 2021
    1:02pm

    Oh dear.

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    Gillian
    30 Mar 2021
    7:47pm

    I love these Rag and Bone joggers!

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    Lianne
    30 Mar 2021
    9:48pm

    Nope. They look like clothes for toddlers.
    Sorry fashion industry. Hard pass

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