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The blurring of work-life boundaries has accelerated the breaking down of gendered sartorial norms. As a bicycle owner, I donned leggings for practicality after which found how straightforward they’re to put on. I nonetheless have trousers for the workplace, however on days I’m working from dwelling, I go for leggings. To start with I carried my bike helmet so I might “get a cross” for carrying leggings as a person, however ultimately I ended bothering. Has the identical sport-to-everyday transition that has occurred for ladies begun to occur for males? — Matthew, Bangalore, India, and Sheffield, England

There’s an precise title for the actual clothes merchandise you’re speaking about: meggings! It’s a neologism that will counsel that if male leggings should not but a factor, they are going to be. In any case, if one thing is current sufficient in our lives to benefit its personal time period, it most likely has reached, or is about to succeed in, important mass.

Perhaps it’s about time. Men first adopted tights, or tights-like clothes, again within the fifteenth century, lengthy earlier than girls. Henry VIII of England was oft-depicted in his stockings, as was Louis XVI of France. It wasn’t till the 1800s that they fell out of favor, changed by tailor-made trousers. However they’ve been working their means again for some time now as a part of a man’s athletic wardrobe, be it for bike riders like your self, yogis, runners or basketball gamers.

(After all, sure teams — rock stars, superheroes — by no means deserted them.)

Now the query isn’t a lot can males put on leggings as how ought to males put on leggings.

The final rule, mentioned Warren Alfie Baker, the stylist who helped make Andrew Garfield a pink carpet star over the last awards season, and who mentioned he grew up carrying leggings for sport, is that “it’s at all times higher to put on shorts on high as a layering piece, with a T-shirt or tank.” Presumably for modesty’s sake.

However as an increasing number of firms spring as much as cater to the meggings market — Man Trebay, our males’s style critic, cited firms that add “inbuilt cups to males’s tights that provide the smoothed-out contours of a Ken doll” — the shorts could develop into more and more irrelevant. (See, for instance, Matador and Kapow, which additionally presents recycled leggings.)

Certainly, final November, Alessandro Michele of Gucci, a designer who has led the way in which with gender fluid dressing, confirmed meggings with formal jackets in his “Love Parade” assortment — although Wall Road, Washington and the extra conservative professions are most likely not prepared for them but.

For individuals who wish to experiment additional, Mr. Trebay suggests there may be a possible position mannequin in “the influencer Nick Wooster (@nickwooster), who typically wears some model of leggings below a skirt. This combo has the twin benefits of offering ease and luxury (ask all of the world’s males who routinely gown in sarongs, dhotis, lunghis, boubous, dishdashas or related flowing clothes) and upending so-called gender norms.”

That means you’ll be able to have your super-skinny stretch consolation pants and canopy up a bit, too.

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