It’s no secret that leggings are a popular fashion choice around campus. They’re simple, comfy and versatile.
Girls wear them to class, the gym and even downtown; however, I’ve recently noticed a shift in the dynamic of legging wearers here at UGA. No longer is it unusual to see men sporting workout leggings at the gym.
I wouldn’t consider myself a gym rat, but I do spend a bit of time at Ramsey. Whenever I go, there’s always at least one guy pumping iron or performing rigorous cardio while wearing meggings (male leggings.)
They’re throwing aside their baggy basketball shorts in exchange for the tighter (and shall I say more revealing?) alternative.
I’ve seen various styles of these meggings. There’s the classic solid black, which seems to be the most popular. Still, some guys go as far as wearing meggings with funky designs and patterns along the sides putting my basic Wal-Mart leggings to shame.
Meggings have already gained popularity nationally not to mention globally. In 2012, two British designers created a line of meggings branded sTitch Leggings and business has been booming ever since. On their website they write to their customers, “We envision a day where men can wear what they want as opposed to what they should…”
Additionally, two men from Chicago launched their line, Meggings Man, in 2013 with similar success claiming, “There's no reason why men's fashion can't be flattering and super comfortable.”
So, what do I have to say about this developing trend? More power to the meggings and their wearers. Leggings are probably one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread so why should anyone be deprived of these treasures simply because of their gender?
That being said, maybe one should think twice before picking up a silver pair of metallic leggings, but then again who am I to judge? As long as one is confident and comfortable in what they’re wearing then the thoughts of others shouldn’t matter. In any case, you do you, my friend.