The men's fashion world rarely makes headlines, but recently, a guys' style trend is making a splash — meggings. That's leggings for men.
Rock stars have been squeezing into meggings for decades — David Lee Roth and his electric blue spandex in the '80s, anyone? Prince likely has a wing of his closet devoted to them.
Lenny Kravitz, Russell Brand and Justin Bieber rock the skin tights on a regular basis, but are meggings a trend that's going to catch on in Oklahoma?
Not likely, some locals say.
“We're not supporting meggings in Oklahoma City,” joked Jamicia Wylie, fashion buyer at Gil's Clothing & Denim Bar.
“I think tights for running are different,” Wylie said. “For athletics it's one thing, but I hope we're not going to see a bunch of guys in Oklahoma City running around in tunics and meggings.”
David Downham, a 24-year-old graphic designer at The Oklahoma Publishing Co., said he's more likely to go back to wearing Lee Pipes, those baggy, high-waisted jeans that were popular in the '80s and '90s. He's tall and lanky and prefers the slim-fitting dress pants that are stylish for young professionals right now but said even tight skinny jeans are too much of a fashion risk for him.
“I don't think I could do anything with that much elastic, that form-fitting,” Downham said.
On “Anderson Live,” talk show host Anderson Cooper said, “I don't know any guy that would wear this.” He won't be wearing them, he said, “because I have scrawny little chicken legs.”
Conan O'Brien, on the other hand, didn't have any qualms getting in on the jeggings (leggings that look like skintight jeans) trend on his show in 2010. Sadly, the men's jeggings trend never really took hold.
As for meggings, “It's a real niche product right now, and I don't know who's going to really pick up on it,” Downham said.
That said, if you're in the market for meggings, thestylishfox.com carries a few interesting styles including argyle and camouflage meggings. The site also has a good selection of women's leggings. Nordstrom also has a few styles of meggings, mostly athletic.