The Rebirth of Menswear: Meggings (The Man Legging)
Originally posted on RD Vizcaino REDEFINING MENSWEAR
We all know fashion looks to history for inspiration and I look forward to the day everyday men’s fashion embodies concepts of dress from the Middle Ages and the Baroque period to name a few of my favorite eras. However let’s not bring back the corsets for women but let’s bring back the hose (tights) for men. Although today every girl has at least two pairs of leggings in her closet because they are “so comfortable,” and even though they don’t wear them as intended –to be layered not use them as pants- this garment is a great piece to have in your closet fellas.
Leggings have been a part of wardrobes roughly since the thirteenth century although there was probably a similar garment earlier on. There have been various forms of the legging and of course it was not always called the legging or megging as they are called for menswear. They have been called hose during the Renaissance, trews in Scotland, panalettes during the Crinoline period, and puttees among other names. This garment was initially worn by both genders usually for warmth, even protection, as one can understand. In fact soldiers in the nineteenth century wore a legging type garment to block dirt from entering their shoes, these garments were called puttees. Basically at first soldiers would wrap a thick cloth around their ankles but later on the canvas leggings were used by soldiers. Cowboys wore them to protect: their legs from chapping (as a result of riding,) snake bites and their pants from tearing. However it was not until the 1970’s that leggings were worn for fashion instead of just functionality mostly by women.