I hope you are all enjoying a mayhem-free run up to Christmas. As I write I am draped in highlight foils in a busy salon in Ashbourne (The Salon by Simon Fergus…litch the best place for your fro) and I wanted to respond to an email that hit my inbox recently.
Sidebar: This is unusual, I don’t get a lot of mail off the back of this wee blog, but I am a fan! Keep the email questions rolling, and I will respond to them here. There are few things in this world I won’t have an opinion on, so if you have an issue that bouncing around your head, why not run it by someone totally unqualified to answer! What’s the worst that could happen?
I love your blog , I love every time you upload some wonderful nugget from your head. Anyway I am looking for your opinion/advice on a particular subject.
My husband whom I love very dearly loves his clothes and style. I have to admit he always dresses very well. He has been a fan of skinny jeans for the last few years and I noticed he has been getting tighter and tighter with them. Recently he started wearing what he calls ”meggings” . I call them tights /leggings. At first he was wearing them casually around the house, now he is venturing outside in them. I have shown my disapproval of them but at the same time I don’t want to dictate what he wears.
What should I do or say? what do you think?
Hope you can offer something
Now. I can’t lie. In my 34 years on this little blue ball, I was living happily in a megging-free bubble so I had to do a little research on the topic. I was familiar, and a little uncomfortable, with the male skinny jean phenomenon but this megging development was news to me. Ya see, I hail from the days of roller blading, X-Worx and Petro Motions. Bigger was always better, and low-slung was best; so as the legs got thinner and thinner I got increasingly aware of the fact that I was growing older and further out of touch with things. But…meggings?!
So. Meggings are basically Men’s Leggings, and to my eye they are not a million miles away from the wondrous items that I too have peeled onto my tired legs after a long day at work. When I get home from the office and automatically shimmy into a pair of “I’ve given up on the day” leggings, I am acutely aware that this is probably not my finest look…but fuck it if I am not comfortable. At that moment, if someone offered me any other item of clothing, I would probably laugh in their face while manically clutching my leggings accessories (fluffy blanky and hot water bottle). My leggings time is sacred. It’s precious. It’s my moment to bask in the epic levels of flakage that I can reach. It’s truly wonderful.
So. I am with you dear writer, and I am torn on your behalf. On the one hand, I am not into the look at all, and I would cringe at the idea of my husband sporting a pair of figure-hugging tights if we were out together. BUT. On the other hand. There is nothing so wonderful as stepping out in the unmistakable comfort that a pair of leggings can offer.
There are important factors here to consider too; does your hubby wear them for comfort? Or is it a well-intentioned but somewhat misplaced fashion statement? If it’s comfort, the meggings can be easily replaced with a similarly-indulgent pair of house pants perhaps? It’s tricky…but one thing I will agree with you on is the whole not dictating someone else’s wardrobe. Live and let live is generally my ethos, and it’s rare that I would intervene in my husband’s wardrobe…but then again…he’s not wearing meggings…
Giving this some real thought, my advice to you would be to remember that meggings will come and go; it’s not that long ago that you could park a smart car in men’s trouser legs. Trends move like swings and roundabouts so don’t worry, this too will pass and your relationship with your hubby is the most important thing here so don’t fall out over something as trivial as trousers. And never forget…if all else fails and you are getting really frustrated; men are fickle creatures, and if there is a particular pair of trousers that you would prefer him to wear I might try using a bit of feminine positive reinforcement to steer him back to a sartorial selection more to your liking.
Have any of you had a similar experience, if so, what have you done to steer your poor man right? What are your thoughts on meggings? Are you a man who loves his meggings? Hit the comment section below and share your insights to help our buddy and her hubby.