This article aims to demonstrate whether leggings are solely a garment only to be worn by women and children or whether they are acceptable for males to wear.
Many garments in fashion are often branded as only for women to wear or deemed feminine. However, over the years garments have developed and there is no longer a huge divide in what can be worn by either men or women.
Although many see leggings as simply a gym wear garment, ranges have developed on the high street that are most definitely fast fashion items and can be worn for everyday wear.
The question is that if it is acceptable for men to wear sporty leg wear in the gym, why is not acceptable for them to wear leggings on a day to day basis.
As societies have developed, the transgender community has become more freely accepted thus meaning it is not seen as unnatural for men to be seen in women's clothing.
This being said, it is questionable whether leggings are even labelled as women's clothing. There is no doubt that hosiery is often associated with just females when really many men choose to wear tights. However, because of gym and fitness wear leg wear on men is often seen on a day to day basis.
Leg wear can take many different structures in design and this may be where the problem lies when considering the male usage. Often leggings can be skin tight on certain areas and this may be why some people feel they are only suited to the female form.
However, this is not to say that all leg wear takes a body con style. Many brands such as Jonathan Aston stock woollen leggings which are perfect for winter and can be worn by both males and females.
The leggings trend resides from the eighties era when fitness wear was deemed acceptable as everyday wear with celebrities such as Olivia Newton John popularising the trend. The popularity of Jane Fonda's workout videos also contributed to the growing trend of neon bright fitness wear. This era may be to blame for why many people do not accept leggings as stylish fashion in today's society. However leg wear has developed since this era and printed leggings are becoming more and more popular as they interpret the vivid prints that have been seen on all London, Paris, New York and Milan fashion catwalks for years. Whilst prints come in and out of fashion, the actual design of leggings remains throughout seasons. This season key prints are dogtooth and galaxy and they can be seen on leggings, as well as other garments, across the high street and available from online retailers.
Conclusively, no garment should be restricted to a particular gender or even to a particular age. Does it really matter what leg wear you are wearing as long as you feel comfortable in your clothes?
It is clear to see that leggings are a garment that are here to stay and they should be embraced by all whether you are wearing them for fashion or fitness purposes!