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A meg to stand on redux - revisiting the meggings debate

Are they ever acceptable?

Almost two years ago now and in my previous life at Asos I wrote a small piece about meggings. Now, being a someone with a mortgage and who values being able to pay that each month, at the time and through gritted teeth, I made an attempt of sorts to, while certainly not endorse meggings, at least make a case for them.

Fast forward nearly two years and what should I wake up to yesterday but a “debate” on BBC Breakfast News on meggings (men’s leggings for those not to to speed yet) which struck me as rather odd. Now obviously I would expect to be ahead of the BBC curve but this was a serious blast from the past. But all this time later, here’s my real take on them.

They’re shocking. Want to look like an affected, effete dancer who couldn’t be bothered to change after rehearsal? Meggings are definitely for you. And, as a result, I just don’t know what sort of customer they are for considering they’re clearly not appropriate for public wearing. No matter how they are styled by the teams at retailers such as Asos (Boy London above), they still look a bit, well, silly and as a result I’m out.

Strangely though I am certain of one thing: I am huge advocate of long-johns, the cosy undergarment often confused for the meg-imposters - in the inevitable move to drive this aesthetic and stylistic aberration from the fashion landscape, the meggings’ classier, more grown up cousin needs to be left alone. 

Readers' comments (5)

  • Even the model looks embarrassed...

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  • Unfortunately for every one person out there who is determined to prove that fashion is a serious respectable business, there are probably 10 blogger types who will wear this sort of nonsense for the attention.

    I'd laugh if it wasn't so utterly depressing.

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  • Are they ever acceptable?........

    Since when has fashion been acceptable?

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  • Imagine being an agent trying to hawk those around? Definitely a leave in the boot of the car job.

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  • awww come on you guys above....one of the sexiest looks for men is the white ballet tight on the hunky, athletic male ballet dancer.......the leg muscles just look to die for.

    I reckon meggings will work on the uber fit guy as long as they dort out the middle bit (not too many uneven lumps and bumps on view). Our interns mate is doing meggings for his final collection next summer and she used our 4 thread recently to run him some up for a night out. In terms of silhouette, I can't see much difference between a stretch megging option and the skinny jeans young guys wear. Don't leave them in the boot, show them to your customer and let a new trend evolve :)

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