Some men are braving the cold with a weapon women have had for years — leggings, or in this case, “meggings.”
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From "Should a man wear meggings?" https://nypost.com/2013/01/29/should-a-man-wear-meggings/
The male tights have been around for years. But the term meggings may be recent terminology for the snuggly-fitted items for men’s legs seen on fashion runways and, now, on the streets.
Upon first hearing about meggings, Jake Dobkin, a “stunt journalist” and publisher at Gothamist.com, bravely tried wearing the tights for a day in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
In Manhattan, fashion store owner Jimmy Webb adds a little flair to the risky look. Technically, Webb wears pants, since his pair has pockets. But his pants are like a second layer of skin.
Are meggings right for the year 2013? Men will have to decide.
It’s often said that fashion requires sacrifice. This axiom has been around at least since the days of the corset, but it only hit home for me recently, when the pursuit of style forced me to give up something I’ve long been attached to.
Fellas, let me introduce you to meggings. While the word suggests something needing the attention of an ear-nose-throat specialist, the reality is arguably worse: We’re talking leggings for men. And many seem to think it’s a look whose time has come.
Among them are Justin Bieber, Lenny Kravitz and Russell Brand, who’ve all been spotted wearing man-hose. Shops from Barneys to Uniqlo are stocking them, and they’ve spurred major Web chatter, here and in the UK.
So a recent afternoon found me in the office men’s room, ditching my Levi’s and donning a pair.
It didn’t help matters that my stylist had opted for a pair with a leopard-spotted print. The photos of Brand and Kravitz showed basic dark numbers, and I’d pictured something similarly dignified.
Co-workers were quick to lob cracks (“Hey, it’s Rod Stewart!”), and while I wasn’t anxious to go out in public, I figured it couldn’t be much worse. So I headed out onto Sixth Avenue.
There’s been a lot of talk about the bland-ification of New York, but I can report that it’s still a place where a man in leopard-print meggings can walk unmolested. In fact, I barely drew a second glance. A cabbie idling on 45th Street eyed them, and I asked what he thought. “Good!” he said. “Very nice.”
Hmmm, score one for meggings. I headed into Bryant Park, and when I paused by the fountain for a photo, Eileen Draizin of Queens snapped a shot, and proclaimed herself a fan.
Had she seen many guys sporting meggings in Queens? “Not yet,” she said.
For a younger perspective, I queried a group of teen girls, students at La Guardia High. The response: a vocal and unanimous thumbs-up.
Now, I have no plans — and I really want to make this clear — to try to score dates with high school girls, but teen males take note: They seem to be a winner in your demographic.
I needed a tougher audience, so I queried a pair of park maintenance workers. To my surprise, they were nearly as positive as the girls. “Yeah, man. Those are cool,” said one, Brian Fisher.
Would they consider wearing something similar?
I took them for outliers, but when I hit West 47th Street’s Diamond District, I got more of the same.
Down the block, I finally found a naysayer, store worker Ali Abunagimov, who said politely that he’d be sitting out the trend.
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