• Mon, Dec 10 2012

A Complete Guide To Men Allowed To Wear Tights

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Men are wearing meggings, which is a fancy was of saying that men are wearing tights outside the realm of Sherwood forest. Not only are they wearing tights, their tights are taking the world by storm. I don’t know how they’re doing that, but I don’t like it. I like it when men wear pants or, if that is absolutely not a possibility, jodhpurs.

However, according to The Telegraph:

Men’s tights, for so long the preserve of ballet dancers and runway models, are taking Manhattan by storm and could soon be seen on the street of Britain.

When trendsetters speculated what would be the defining men’s fashion movement to sweep New York this winter, few opted for the male legging.

But “Megging”, as the male legging is known, is now all the rage in sartorial circles. Celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Russell Brand and Lenny Kravitz have all been spotted wearing leggings, while fashion stores Uniqlo, Barneys and Nordstrom are selling tights for men.

I mean, I guess I prefer this to the really baggy pants men wore 15 years ago, but I’m still pretty hesitant. However, I’ve got some men that I am totally okay with wearing tights. They are, in order of most okay to least okay:

1) Russell Brand

2) Elves from Santa’s workshop

3) David Sedaris dressed up as an elf at Macy’s and writing about it

4) Elves who dance ballet

5) Ballet dancers (non-elves)

6) Henry VIIs

7) Tudors who are not Henry VIII

8) Elvis, maybe?

Picture via Owen Beiny/WENN

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  • Lo

    If you have the legs for it, go forth and rob the rich! I cringe at the thought of having to squeeze my stumps into tights, so it’s nice to see shapely male legs get the chance to show off.

    (Related: more sock garters, please).

  • Spastastic

    May I suggest Alan Rickman in 1978 as Tybalt for inclusion in the list?

    http://youtu.be/v8UkA5OR-Zw

    • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright

      Yes, you may, this is acceptable.

  • Anne

    You totally forgot all the superheroes! Besides that, I completely agree with this list. And somehow, Russel Brand does seem to get away with it. What is up with that?

  • jpwkeeper

    Cyclists when it’s cold.

  • open minded

    Nothing wrong or new with guys wearing leggings as long as they are covering their groin and butt with shorts or a longer top. No one want’s to see a dudes junk. That said, they are the most comfortable way of layering available. Lumberjacks have been wearing them during winter under clothes for added warmth for years, runners & cyclists wear them as already mentioned. Why can’t a guy get warmth and look stylish in leggings too? And no they do not stereo typically dictate the sexual orientation of a man either. Only those with are not secure in their own sexuality make those kind of judgments.