Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Fashion Update: Tee Hee Hee ...

Everyone who knows me knows what a slave I am to fashion. Yup, that's me. Prada. Jimmy Choo. You name it, I don't own it.

I think fashion - season-by-season fashion - is ridiculous. Oh, look, a skirt for $1,800! Why, I'll take one in every color! And tell me, are they disposable? Because they'll be "out" in a couple months.

Of course, I could certainly pay a little more attention to my wardrobe. I confess that I trend toward boring. And working from home is certainly no incentive to shop. I'm currently wearing what I slept in. Well, I slept in the sweatshirt. I pulled on my yoga-y pants when I got out of bed because my office is an outside room and a bit chilly these days, even with the heat on.

But a story out of Milan caught my eye today: The new fall must-have for men? Leggings. Yeah, you heard me. Leggings. LEG-GINGS. Oh, puh-leeze.

OK, girls, I know what you're thinking: Men in tights! Why else do we go to the ballet? Alas, the designer is one modest step ahead of our depraved little minds. These leggings appear to be plenty snug around the legs but not around the, uh, hips and male frontal region.

Of course, these are the trend for fall. When it's colder outside. Which probably helps the situation, if you know what I mean.

But I ask you: What man is going to jump on this fashion train?

I know some men who can wear the hell out of Armani, but are they gonna be caught dead in these? Yeah, I don't think so. I can't help but think that the only boys who are going to wear barn-red leggings are the models being paid a few grand a day to wear 'em on the catwalk.

Every other guy I know would fear the revocation of his man card if he stepped out of the house in leggings. Hell, they'd probably even be ridiculed by their wives. Or girlfriends. Or partners. Or pets, for that matter.

Not that I expect all men to wear 501s. A long time ago, I fell in love with Iva Davies wearing jodhpurs in an Icehouse video. Dear God, that was a good look on him. Not that I expect men to start sporting jodhpurs off the polo field, but men + leggings = absurd. And check out the loafers with no socks. Can Miami Vice-wear be far behind?

Please, my fashion-conscious friends, let this one pass you by.


Anonymous miye said...

why, Beth! you don't find the visible bumps, nubs and knobby man-knees (much less leg hair poking through) just so irresistible?

I do agree. The look is atrocious. I want to know who's responsible for this!

Fashionweek NYC is here in a month & I dread what is to come...

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... the gym. Maybe.

And if I'm going to wear tights, they better show off my junk.
Saggy nether regions, indeed...

1:34 PM  
Anonymous RSM said...

Leggings for men is not a new trend - one that's been around for years. It's time to get over the body image constraints and go for the comfort. Just wear them. Leggings are perfect casual wear for women AND men. Having worn leggings for years, I'm aware of people's comments both negative and very positive. After all, it’s not the leggings on the man but the man in the leggings. Everyone looks good in leggings and some people look great!
If more people, women and men, wear leggings then it will just be another apparel choice. At one time denim jeans were worn only by miners digging for gold. Now they are everywhere.
So never say never - when you do decide to wear leggings, choose a well made pair - not with cotton fibers that bag out over time but a high tech fiber that retains it shape. Go for the comfort and support. Leggings that go to the ankle look better than capri style that chop the leg. Plus the full length leggings support you from your ankle to your waist and give you an energetic lift. Laugh, Live, Love & Enjoy! Check out
UnJeans Freedom Pants - clothes of the future and the future just started.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wht not leggings for men.

They are as comfortable as all getout and don't bind up and strangle our testicles.
Sure it's not going to suit everyone but we don't ridicule women for wearing stupid fashions that don't suit you.
How many Muffin tops and arse cracks did we endure during the hipster pant reveloution of the last few years.
You crap on us for wanting to wear a speedo instead of baggy horrible board shorts and what do you wear?, Skimpy lycra with all your celiulite hanging out.
Summer time comes, We are sweating up a storm in long pants and shirt and tie, Your wearing a cool summer dress with sandles. When a man skirt comes on the market to make us more comfortable, Women crap on that as well.
Well it's time we stood our ground, wear our tights and leggings and show our packages with pride.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a 23 year old metrosexual male. I personally think leggings are a wonderful concept at that! I think females need to stop whining and feeling akward about men who want to wear leggings! "Gender is nothing more than a physical construct." It has nothing to do with what sex they are. Both men and women can and do actually percieve the world in similar ways. A man doesn't always like to wear heavy, thick and dark apparel. We too enjoy the luxuries of lfe like silk and nylon. Clearly a man that is well built and assertive like most men, but perhaps is better groomed and enjoys wearing leggings doesn't mean he is any less of a man. A man or woman is determined based on how kind, helpful and positive we are toward others, not what we eat, wear, sleep in, or how we act like outside of these pathetic gender roles created my society that something thought up as being the ONLY way. It simply doesn't work that way. Individuals are very complex living beings with mixed emotions, new developing feelings about ourselves and others, and our own need to be distinctive among others. In conclusion, open-mindedness and the ability to let change occur is not a punishment but a gift to express oneself and enjoy life on higher and newer levels. Judge not another and they won't judge you!

Now for all the men out there. Give it a try if you choose. Fear of rejection means you are dependent on what others think and want of you.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think leggings for men are truly the best thing that ever happened.I would for sure wear them,heck I even wear ladies leggings but mostly I would still wear blue jeans everyday instead of leggings.I do currently own a pair of leggings and I plan to get more.I also hope the men's leggings catch on.They feel great.Next lets see some men's skirts and tube tops in the future.It's time men got their fashion freedom.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn right leggings for guys! I'm Straight, BTW, and if gals want to wear pants and then whine about men dressing in so-called "feminine" attire???
If you feel comfortable in loose clothing, that's GREAT--you look good, Bless your heart!
I'm a guy, by accident of birth, and I feel people look GREAT in leggings and tights, I don't care who you are, if we feel good about ourselves--then we cut a fine figure-and leggings are an elegant way to affirm our basic beauty and elegance as just plain folks!

11:53 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Hey, Beth - you're kind of funny!

12:37 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I knew it! Thanks, Dave.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous meggings said...

lol :p Great blog :-)

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth, I know this article came out a while ago, and I'm really intrigued by your writing style. I know next to nothing about all the references you gave. I do know however that I'm not elated to see how closed-minded you and many other women are.

I was in school one day and asked (this is one of many examples I have) this girl about tight jeans, and if she or many girls wanted to see them on guys. She said she would because you can see more of them. So I wore them the next day and she giggled like a little immature girl. It didn't do anything to me, as I'm more mature than to just make fun of or laugh at someone.

I've worn leggings a few times, and honestly I don't understand what the problem women have with leggings is. You heterosexual women want to see what's between men's legs, but you don't want them to wear things that show it off.

Is there something grotesque about the idea of reproductive organs that you'll play with endlessly during intercourse, but shy away from them in public like the most embarrassing thing you've ever experienced?

I think I'll take what my ex fiancee told me about women and use it here. "We really have no idea what we want, even though we say we do". If it's to simply blend into the crowd and not be noticed except for a few tiny piece of stuff on your body (clothes, jewely, and makeup), then your gender is saying something about how unalive you are.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Beth said...


I'm not close-minded. I have an opinion. An it's my opinion that the man in the picture in this post looks silly. So be it.

You're extrapolating an awful lot about women based on my thinking that men in leggings look silly.

You, of course, are entitled to your opinion, too, but I don't subscribe to your ex-fiancee's notion that we don't know what we want.

I know what I want. And what I don't want. And, personally, I don't want to see men in leggings.

No big whoop. Outside of kilts, I also don't want to see men in skirts. Or culottes.

But that's just me. Other women may be all over men in leggings.

To each his (or her) own, right?

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a married male, and i wore tights since I was 7, of and on.Now that guys are wearing leggings gives me the opportunity to wear them outside..They are real comfortable and a great look.

10:30 AM  

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