The hysteria surrounding Conan O’Brien‘s glorious man jeggings has died down a bit since he wore them during his monologue a couple weeks ago. But we were still intrigued by his painted-on faux denim. Where did they come from? And how did they get so tight?
Every specialty retailer makes jeggings for ladies now, but the man jegging is a far more elusive thing. They’ve been spotted on the runway, at Uniqlo and at Topshop, but they have yet to saturate the men’s denim market the same way they have for women (though as men’s jeans get skinnier and skinner the man jegging was an inevitability).
So when Conan, after learning from Tim Gunn that man jeggings were things that existed, decided to wear an excessively tight acid wash pair for an entire show, we set about finding out their origins. Our source inside the Conan show tracked down the now famous jeggings for us–which proved more of a challenge than it should have.
The jeggings were label-less. Why? They came from a street vendor. Apparently the show’s costume crew snagged them curbside in downtown LA. Our source says he “assumes” they were intended for men, though they do look an awful lot like these lady jeggings from Express.
But the best part? Conan’s legs are so long that the costume crew needed to buy two pairs to extend the legs to make them fit. Legs for miles that Conan. If only we all had that problem. He seemed to like wearing them too. After the show he tweeted, “Tonight I wore jeggings while interviewing the Kardashians. I’m never taking them off. You can pry them from my cold, Irish legs.”
Just in case you missed Conan’s be-jegging-ed performance, here it is. Or just watch it again because it’s awesome and he jigs in jeggings.