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Should men wear 'meggings'?

Russell Brand thinks they should, but are male leggings really going to catch on?

Published on March 16th 2009.


Should men wear 'meggings'?

There was once a time when the only jeans deemed to be fashionable for a man were a sensibly safe pair of Levi 501s. But in recent years skinny jeans have become acceptable leg wear for any fashion conscious male. It seems male fashion has taken tips from the women's department in many ways. 501s are now for frumps and fuddy duddys. In one sense it's great to see wider variety in menswear but is the new trend one resurgence too far?

'Meggings' is the buzzword for man leggings.

Russell Brand has been seen rocking a pair whilst nipping out to buy some milk. But if we think about it 'meggings' aren't a new invention. Historically, there’s always been men in tights. Ballet dancers, jockeys, soldiers and gymnasts wear some form of leggings or tights to perform. However, the 'megging' wearers of now deem practicality as a minor factor. You see there's a new breed of male for the 21 century in case you haven't heard and he's called a metro-sexual.

He takes pride in his appearance, fashion in his stride and is all the while 100% hetro-sexual. David Beckham is his muse and putting on a pair of leggings is as natural as Rab C Nesbitt putting on a string vest.

It seems the motto for the latest look is 'if it's not tight, it's not right.' Not only are they much more comfortable than jeans to some men (think of the comfort of a pair of long johns), they're fashionable: all the top designers are squeezing their male models into 'meggings' this season and they show off all those hours spent in the gym. And to women, a man in 'meggings' is a man who isn't afraid to show he's got balls.

Unfortunately, your average Joe may beg to differ. After all, leggings are for women aren't they? And even then, it's only a select few who can get away with not looking like an over-stuffed sausage. Leggings have endured the test of time and now it's time for both men and women to lay them to rest. The new trend goes with sarongs and make-up as the result of consumerism stripping men of their masculinity. A metro-sexual is a man who is over-feminised and confused.

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SharonMarch 16th 2009.

Oh dear God please dont force this sight onto the streets of Manchester! Its bad enough men in tight jeans parading their "packages" down Market Street!!

championMarch 16th 2009.

No! More packets on display! Less women with their mingin muffin top overhangs and thongs pulled up their cracks on show - yuk

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