If you see someone exercising in jeans, be sure to look closely.

The last post got me thinking about all the different denim-inspired clothing we have seen here at JoggingJeans.com. It is important that you are reminded so when you see someone exercising in them, you aren’t duped into thinking they are the real thing.

To begin, make sure those jeans you see aren’t jeggings (as modeled by Conan and by Cori):

JeggingsThe person that you see skiing in jeans might actually be wearing faux denim ski pants:

jean-snowpantOh, and who could forget PicNic Pants?

PicNicAnd do you remember the time I wore INKnBURNS’s denim look-a-like athletic pants, True Blue Performance Denim Capris, on a run, at the yoga studio, and at the gym? You’ll have to click the link to see the pictures of me.

Where were we? Oh, denim underwear are not jorts:

JeanPant1And denim swimwear really is a thing:

swimAnd, finally, the atrocious sandal boots are probably the closest thing we’ve seen to “real” jeans. And, certainly, they win the Most Hideous award.


REVIEW: Yoga Jeans by Second Denim

Short version of review:

Yoga Jeans are wonderful but they aren’t REALLY for yoga.

Long version of review:

You all remember my post in which I wrote about jean-inspired activity-wear and lounge-wear? If not, read it here. After writing that post, on a whim, I wrote to each company requesting a sample of their product to review on my site. I honestly didn’t expect to hear back from anyone.

Stephanie Quesnel, from Second Denim, wrote back immediately and said that they would “love” to send me a pair of Yoga Jeans. We talked sizes and I received them shortly thereafter.

Prior to them arriving, I anticipated what something called “Yoga Jeans” would be like: Cottony and comfy like yoga pants but looking like jeans. On the 0-10 (yoga pants=0, jeans=10) scale, my mind pictured them at around a 4. What about you?

When they arrived, they looked like jeans and felt like jeans. I put them on. They still looked like jeans and felt like jeans – albeit, a super-comfortable, quality pair of stretchy jeans – and not at all like yoga pants. My husband’s words when he saw them: “Those look like regular jeans.” and then “Are they gonna be your ‘new favorite jeans’?” (translation: “You look good in them.” or “You look happy in them.” not sure which).

So I write to my sister, who has been working in the clothing industry forever (why she gets to use “gusset” a lot) and tell her my thoughts and provide her the “ingredients” on the tag. She writes, “They sound like a regular pair of jeans to me which would not be that conducive for working out, especially yoga!”

So, now I get nervous. I have to wear regular-looking jeans to my yoga class to try them out!?!? I go to the Second Denim’s website to make sure these things are supposed to be worn during yoga and see this picture:

Then I read the tag: “…practice your asanas wearing your yoga jeans, they are filled with good energies, positive karma and were created to help you feel confident, beautiful. At peace.”

[Side note: I am new to yoga – I started taking a twice-a-week power yoga class at a local university in September. It is taught by an incredible woman who said her goal was to “infect” us with the love of yoga. She succeeded, I’m infected, and truly can’t imagine my life without it. As Baron Baptiste said, “They came because they wanted beautiful bodies, but they stayed because they were inspired to be the best versions of themselves.” Amen.]

But I digress…Yoga Jeans. So spend DAYS contemplating how in the hell I am going to pull off showing up to a yoga class in pants that are jeans. I’m actually nervous. Sally (link above) would laugh at me. One of the instructors at the Y keeps the room really dark, so that was a possibility.  My husband is adding stress by asking repeatedly, “When you gonna wear those jeans…[snicker]…to your yoga class?”

Then I get this email (click to enlarge):

[Heavenly sounds]

Ah….I TOTALLY missed the whole marketing strategy. Jeans that are comfy LIKE yoga pants. Makes so much more sense now. In hindsight, they probably shouldn’t have been on my jean-inspired, lounge-wear post.

So now I get to wondering: are these jeans so comfortable and stretchy and form-fitting that you CAN wear them during yoga like in the ads? I rolled out my mat and, in the privacy of my own home, spent an hour doing yoga. The answer is “yes.” I forgot I was wearing jeans during my first down dog. Yoga Jeans = stretchy soft deliciousness that hugged and stretched just like my favorite yoga pants.

Bottom line: These are great JEANS. They are super comfortable, stretchy, and flexible enough to do yoga in them. I wore them for another day and they really are my “new favorite jeans.”

However, I would not recommend wearing these to your yoga class unless you want peering eyes and “WTF” looks from your fellow yogis. Wait, I take that back. YES, wear your new Second Denim Yoga Jeans to your yoga class! And, hopefully, someone will take a picture of you while you are focused in your crow pose and email it to me to post. YES, do it!

Pittsburghers: You can get Second Denim Yoga Jeans at Larrimor’s – Downtown and The Galleria.

Looks can be deceiving…

My Chuck Norris kicks ass IN JEANS post prompted me to look for other ways denim-wear has been modified beyond adding a gusset (bam!). I have learned one important thing: It is possible that the people you see jogging and exercising in jeans are NOT REALLY wearing jeans. “Huh?” you say. Well, My Friends, there is a growing trend in jean-inspired athletic and lounge wear.

Here is what you may ACTUALLY be seeing when you THINK you are seeing denim:

1.   Pajama Jeans. When they first came out, I was sure that Pajama Jeans were a pop culture joke. They’ve been around for long enough to squash that theory, right? The infomercial states:

……The style of your favorite jeans, together with the comfort of pajamas!

……Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can’t look sharp!

If you are looking to buy, you have a choice to make: flaired or skinny!

2.    Jeggings. These are leggings that look like jeans. Conan O’Brian modeled these on his show last December.

.3.    Hybrid jeans/sweatpants

Diesel’s Jogg Jeans. From their “Secret Laboratory”:

Jogg Jeans are a unique fusion of design and groundbreaking new fabrics that combine the iconic style and durability of denim, with the relaxed attitude and comfort of jogging pants.


Dolce & Gabbana has a version priced at a mere $330 (!).

And good ol’ Levi’s  with their Elasticated Track Bottom Jeans

4.    Yoga Jeans by Second Denim Company. The site offers 67 (!) styles of jean-inspired yoga pants including a few corduroy styles. Corduroy!

So, Readers, are there any products I missed in this new niche market? What do you think of these jean-inspired clothes? Are you brave enough to admit that you considered purchasing any of them? 🙂


UPCOMING: On a whim, after writing this post, I wrote to the companies to see if they would send me a sample of their product to review on the site. Within MINUTES of sending an email to Second Denim, a representative responded and agreed to send out a pair of Yoga Jeans. I can hardly wait to get them!

But in the meantime, I am sorry to say that I had to delete all my hilarious (if I do say so myself) comments I had written in this post and am making every effort to clear my mental slate of opinions so that my review(s) can be objective. Stay tuned.

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