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As promised, I will now go on and on about my leg-coverings

Since last we spoke, there are two MORE Redbook blog posts up on the site. Two! We're getting the kinks worked out, but it looks like the blog will update every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. And we have a new name, which I will tell you as soon as it goes live.

In my last post I promised I would tell you all about my pants, which are jeans, and I love them. But I realized (too late) that my glorious, glorious jeans are from Uniqlo, and are thus only available in NYC (in the States, that is), so my flaunting them would be cruel.

This is why I am sparing you photographic evidence of said jeans. Your spirit might be forever crushed, if you saw them.

They are legging jeans (not jean leggings, which Uniqlo also has and are just tights with a jean design imprinted on them, and I would not recommend such an aberration, ever, ever ever ever), and Zan forced me to try them on, and I am forever in her debt. I would never have even considered them, as they are the skinniest of skinny jeans and are about 110% spandex and I assumed if I tried to get a pair on my person I'd be found an hour later, weeping in the dressing room, with the jeans bunched around my ankles. Zan assured me that I would love them, and I trust Zan in all things, so I trudged over to the dressing room. 10 minutes later I emerged looking like Moses coming down from Mount Sinai.

This is a picture of me.

I am sorry I cannot command you all to order them. They're ridiculously comfortable--they have an elastic waistband, for chrissakes--they look great (I think--frankly I don't even care if they don't) and I have three pairs and I would buy 10 more, given the chance. Oh! And they're $20. I know, I'm sorry. I'm the worst person ever, with the best pair of jeans. 

Reader Comments (27)

I have four pairs and I love each and every one. Although, I must say, the ones I bought in the summer have a much softer waistband than the ones I bought this winter. Regardless, best jeans ever in the world.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrie

You had me at elastic waistband.

I admit I am very very intrigued by "jean leggings"... and very, very curious as to how they differ from "jeggings." Which I saw on Conan O'Brien - an image that is seared indelibly into my brain no matter how I try to scrub it out with photos of Hugh Laurie and Joel McHale.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLife of a Doctor's Wife

You mean you can't even order them from the web site? Now that's just cruel. Or am I just an idiot who can't figure out their website?

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeandra

Don't forget the drawstring! I'm wearing mine today. Which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone as I wear them every day.

Like I tell people: I think the success of jean leggings/legging jeans/jeggings (what a nightmare of a word adopted by the most misanthropic of marketing people!) depends entirely on how they fall around the ankle. They should drop almost straight to the foot, not hug the ankle too tightly. Also: they should be made with at least *some* denim. And NOTHING should be painted on them. (Unless it's the name of the boy you like? Can we start doing that again?)

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzan

We had a Uniqlo in Beijing when I lived there, and we all loved shopping there (the only place in town where you could occasionally find western sizes). Alas, I left Beijing in the summer - no glorious jeans for me!

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I live in South Georgia and have been tempted to fly to New York for the day for the sole purpose of shopping at Uniqlo. Tis a wondrous place. The last time I was there I bought the most amazing little black dress which, tragically, met it's end in a washing machine mishap.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

That was mean. I even clicked over to the website. I coveted things. Why would you do something like that to all your adoring readers who don't live in New York. It's like me telling you it's 82 degrees today without a cloud in the sky in Los Angeles. Because it is. In fact, I'm going for a long walk for my lunch hour, in my tank top.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCakeStory

I have 2 pairs and will be buying several more before we move back to the States from London. They really are the very best jeans evah.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Curse you if I can't buy them on the internet! I was skeptical while reading until I got to "elastic waistband". YES! But sadly, no way for me to get them here in the midwest....

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina

I love it there, it's like it is a playground full of ice and silly clothes. Except I was *just* in there 20 minutes ago and saw a stunning boiled wool coat. I tried on a SIZE L after reading that it was an emergency shipment from Japan and the sizing was therefore slightly off. My arm would not go into the coat. I am going to try to find thin Japanese people to buy them, though, in the hopes that karmically someone will recommend a beautiful and appropriate garment for me! Congrats on your jeans!

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

They sound sort of like a Canadian brand called Yoga Jeans. I loathed the concept (seriously, yoga jeans? Fuck. Off.) but people said they were just the best and finally I tried some on. They are THE BEST JEANS EVER. A bit more expensive, about $120 here in Toronto, than the uniqlo, but much cheaper than some of the fancy pants around town. Super stretchy in a non gross way, good colors, good cuts (three styles I think) and you can choose your waist height! I bend over ALL the time now, just so you can't see my ass. BLAM! Just sayin' if you see these things around (they seem to sell them in a few odd places in the States), buy them immediately and then laugh at people who actually do yoga in them. Assholes. (Link to the jeans site is

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersgp

Oh my god. I shopped at Uniqlo a lot when I lived in Japan, mostly because they are the ONLY STORE IN JAPAN that recognizes the existence of a size XL (roughly translates to an 8 or a 10 in the states, but I seriously couldn't fit anything in any store ever unless it was Uniqlo). Somehow they manage to be inexpensive, basic, well-cut, well-made, and also tailor to the huge lumbering foreigner. I approve.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I am drawn to your enthusiasm, but you lost me at "elastic waistband." Not happening! But good for you!

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdgm

Wait, do you mean these? The ones Charlize is wearing? I have a similar wondrous pair of pant-like leggings, but mine are corduroy. Unfortunately I feel butt-conscious in them and will only wear them with "tunic-length" things. But they are incredibly soft and comfy.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebl

Uh, I meant to have a link in there, to these:

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebl

Debl, those are the jeans. But I swear they don't look that...exposing in real life.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralice

Sweet lord, I just ordered a pair via email - my newly pregnant self could not be more thrilled at the prospect of jeans with an elastic waist THAT ARE STYLISH!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

May I suggest the Target Mossimmo Jegging. These are also a legging jean and they are simply amazing. They are only 24.99 and can be found on Life changing.

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjlhe1975

Uniglo haunts me on a daily basis. They send me emails with front page pictures of how cute I could be if I ordered what they sell. My vanity has me clicking over, Credit card in hand, BUT I am yet able to figure out their website!

AAARGH! like being stuck in a fun house of mirrors...

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralexandra

You can call and order Mon-Fri 9-6 (877) 4-UNIQLO :)

December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Oh we have those in the UK! (Well, at least in the London area). I popped into one but was somewhat put off by the shiny puffer jackets in eye-watering colours. Will put on sunglasses and have another try. :D

December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTink

I'm wearing Uniqlo jeans RIGHT NOW. I bought them 2 yrs ago. Skinny gray jeans. I cannot believe how much we have in common.

December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnn's Rants

Hmm. I might have to get on the subway RIGHT NOW.

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermagpie

Elastic waist pant jeans?? oh lord, i am drooling over the pictures right now. Thank you Amy for the ordering info!

Alice: post a picture so we can see what they look like on a REAL person!!!

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlizz

i demand pictures. please?

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternerr

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