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I n life, one tries hard not to leave the house wearing only underwear. Yet such is my predicament one freezing Monday in December, as I stand in the chill winds of King's Cross, London, wearing little more than a pair of tights. Technically, they're not even tights. They are male leggings, or in the parlance de nos jours , "meggings" — they are to leggings what mankinis are to bikinis. Quite why leggings have to be gendered in this way is a moot point.
We all have legs — boys and girls. It's not like ladies' leggings are called feggings. Meggings, the fashion press alleges, are the next male trend: Now, we hear, said storm is heading for Britain Uniqlo and Nordstrom are among the brands already stocking them. It is in testing this outlandish claim that I find myself shivering next to Regent's Canal, wearing a pair of black, skin-tight leggings emblazoned with the brand Boy London's logo. Can these ball-crunching jodhpur variants really be the next thing in male fashion, I ask Albus, a balding builder from Lithuania?
It's a personal choice. Unlikely as it seems, could the fashion press have got this one wrong? But, Johnston cautions, they are not for everyone. After that he started treating himself to the occasional pair of tights, long before the advent of internet shopping: Although no one ever said anything, and I do recall one or two assistants actually being very, very helpful.
I wonder if Thomas Cromwell had one of these too? So soft, so silky, the sort of thing Marie Antoinette might wear. You only need to go to an art gallery to see that from the middle ages onwards hose was always very accepted.
But in the s, especially, when hosiery technology was developed more and tights became popular with women, they kind of replaced stockings, and since then they have been overwhelmingly aimed at women. Gipsy 60 Denier XL Tights. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative.
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