Are leggings for men about to go mainstream? Quite possibly...
When it comes to fashion, women have borrowed from the boys for years; sharp tailoring, mannish brogues, shirt and tie combinations – the list goes on. But more recently, men have started evening the balance, giving rise to items such as guyliner and the man bag, and the skirt-over-trousers look (see Kanye West, Rough Copy).
And so it was only a matter of time before leggings – a long-time womenswear staple – were given a manly makeover. Enter meggings (that's men + leggings, naturally), a super-tight trouser style previously only seen on the likes of Russell Brand and Justin Bieber. But all that's about to change according to American duo Adam Freck and Andrew Volk, founders of the website Meggingsman.com, a site dedicated to the leg-hugging garments.
The Chicago-based pair insist that there is a place in the wider world for meggings, telling Racked: "We saw potential in meggings. You walk around Lincoln Park and you'll see 85 women wearing leggings. There's a reason for that."
They added: "We researched meggings for a year and it felt like now was the time when men were getting over a fear of wearing something like leggings."
The key difference between ladies' leggings and meggings is, of course, the fit. "Our meggings have a triangle-shaped inset around the hip to allow more room in the thigh, and more importantly, more room for the 'boys'," say Freck and Volk.
If you need further convincing that meggings are an actual 'thing', note that the world's biggest online fashion retailer, ASOS.com, currently have no less than 30 pairs available to buy.
So, the question remains: will meggings go mainstream?
Click through the images above to see a selection of meggings.