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Can Males Put on Leggings, Too?

Can Males Put on Leggings, Too?

Can Men Wear Leggings, Too?

There may be an precise identify for the actual clothes merchandise you’re speaking about: meggings! It’s a neologism that may recommend that if male leggings usually are not but a factor, they are going to be. In any case, if one thing is current sufficient in our lives to advantage its personal time period, it in all probability has reached, or is about to achieve, vital mass.

Possibly it’s about time. Males first adopted tights, or tights-like clothes, again within the fifteenth century, lengthy earlier than ladies. Henry VIII of England was oft-depicted in his stockings, as was Louis XVI of France. It wasn’t till the 1800s that they fell out of favor, changed by tailor-made trousers. However they’ve been working their means again for some time now as a part of a man’s athletic wardrobe, be it for bike riders like your self, yogis, runners or basketball gamers.

(After all, sure teams — rock stars, superheroes — by no means deserted them.)

Now the query just isn’t a lot can males put on leggings as how ought to males put on leggings.

The final rule, stated Warren Alfie Baker, the stylist who helped make Andrew Garfield a purple carpet star over the last awards season, and who stated he grew up sporting leggings for sport, is that “it’s all the time higher to put on shorts on prime as a layering piece, with a T-shirt or tank.” Presumably for modesty’s sake.

However as an increasing number of firms spring as much as cater to the meggings market — Man Trebay, our males’s vogue critic, cited firms that add “inbuilt cups to males’s tights that provide the smoothed-out contours of a Ken doll” — the shorts could develop into more and more irrelevant. (See, for instance, Matador and Kapow, which additionally presents recycled leggings.)

Certainly, final November, Alessandro Michele of Gucci, a designer who has led the way in which with gender fluid dressing, confirmed meggings with formal jackets in his “Love Parade” assortment — although Wall Avenue, Washington and the extra conservative professions are in all probability not prepared for them but.

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For many who wish to experiment additional, Mr. Trebay suggests there could be a possible position mannequin in “the influencer Nick Wooster (@nickwooster), who typically wears some model of leggings underneath a skirt. This combo has the twin benefits of offering ease and luxury (ask all of the world’s males who routinely costume in sarongs, dhotis, lunghis, boubous, dishdashas or comparable flowing clothes) and upending so-called gender norms.”

That means you’ll be able to have your super-skinny stretch consolation pants and canopy up a bit, too.

Each week on Open Thread, Vanessa will reply a reader’s fashion-related query, which you’ll be able to ship to her anytime through e-mail or Twitter. Questions are edited and condensed.

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