The only thing more awkward and uncomfortable than spotting a man wearing leggings as pants in Manhattan? This article about men wearing leggings as pants in Manhattan, brought to us by the fine (and as you’d imagine, somewhat conservative) people at Business Insider.
According to the piece, which was written by a Brit, ‘meggings,’ as we’re calling them nowadays, are “all the rage in sartorial circles” and “taking Manhattan by storm” (Ed note: Too soon?). Justin Bieber and Russel Brand both wear ‘em, and “fashion stores” like Uniqlo, Nordstrom, and Barneys can barely keep them in stock. While you may have never seen a grown guy sporting said man tights (apart from that one exhibitionist American Apparel Chelsea employee), meggings have their own #fuckyeah Tumblr… so they must be real.
And the meggings trend is apparently only going to get worse. Quote, “The bad news is [meggings] are on their way to Britain. Uniqlo is already selling them on its British website, and their success in New York is seen as an indication they will also prove popular here.” Eek.
According to one “megger,” the man tights’ new found popularity is largely due to their comfort factor–oh and their amazing ability to show of man gams.
“Male tights are so much more comfortable than skinny jeans,” Mark Dorosz, an English internet entrepreneur, told the website. “I’ve always had good legs and it’s nice to show them off all year round.”
Lawrence Schlossman, editor at Four-Pins and co-author of Fuck Yeah Menswear, isn’t so convinced. “Meggings are another ridiculous Fashion Illuminati initiative that 0% of normal guys can wear without looking like a dickhead,” he wrote to us in an email. “They are for working out and being A$AP Rocky. If you are not working out and not A$AP Rocky, please stick to pants.”
Well there you have it.
Putting aside your obvious desire to drool over men’s legs, do you think this trend, well, has legs?