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Men In Tights: Are Figure Skating Outfits Too Feminine?

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Earlier this week, the pairs and men’s figure skating short programs took place during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Whereas figure skating is already considered a feminine sport by many, the athletes’ costume choices often do not help.

Everything from bright metallic blue body suits to jeweled encrusted pieces lined the ice, making it look more like scenes from the comedy Blades of Glory than the Olympics.

Tatiana Volosozhar Stanislav Morozov

Samuel Contesti

Famed fashion designer Vera Wang has been known to create some show stopping creations for Olympic figure skaters, landing her a spot in the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Vera Wang

She has designed for Nancy Kerrigan, Midori Ito, and most recently, male skater Evan Lysacek.

This has to be the coolest, most demure male figure skating ensemble that we spotted during the 2010 games:

Evan Lysacek

“This is more pressure than an Oscar dress in a strange way” said Vera Wang. “I have to have the music for a skating costume, and that’s not the way I normally work.”

The challenge is to get an outfit to “sparkle like evening wear but function like workout gear”.

The question is, should male figure skating outfits be sparkling?

Take Johnny Weir, an American figure skater ranked 8th in the world, who was chosen to represent the U.S. during the 2010 games.  His flamboyant style has landed him a new show on the Sundance channel, Be Good Johnny Weir, and also a bad reputation with PETA for his love of rocking furs on the ice (along with feathers, glitter and frills).

Check out a video clip from the upcoming show:

Johnny Weir at the 2010 Winter Olympic

You can catch Johnny in action tonight, during the men’s free skating gold medal event at 8PM EST.

“I do find some of the costumes sometimes are over the top,” said Dick Button, the gold medalist in 1948 and ’52 who did commentary for NBC in Turin back in 06. “You almost feel you’ve been trapped in a windmill in the Metropolitan Opera House costume department.”

Do you think it’s time that men’s figure skating outfits are revamped?

Perhaps it should go back to what it was 1940s – conservative, masculine and lacking all the ridiculousness:

Share your thoughts!

Source: CBS NBC Sports

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  • Oh, this is funny…

    I definately think that male figure skating outfits are too feminine. I think if a man wouldn’t usually wear it in everyday life, why in the world would you dress him in sequins and feathers on ice??

    The outfits could definately stand to undergo a make-under.

  • Cee says:

    Is Ice Dancing a sport? What’s the difference between ice dancing and ice skating? Why is it that the leading sport women will watch is ice skating and gymnastics? Honestly, I’d rather watch curling or we can call curling “ice bowling / circular ice horseshoes”.

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  • Cee says:

    Showing ice dancing on the Olympics tonight. Last night was Men’s figure skating. Tonight its couples’ ice dancing, which is different from couples’ figure skating. I don’t get how this is an Olympic sport. Must be a rating winner so its a keeper.

  • Oh that’s hilarious…

    I don’t see what the difference between dancing and figure skating is…

    Maybe ice dancing is more choreographed and they do it in styles like hip-hop and pop. I should google it.

  • I have see some of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics game.I feel it is too dangerous for me.

  • Vivian says:

    Well, figure skating is a perfomance, after all.
    In perfomances, people wear “sparkling clothes” to concentrate public’s attention. I don’t see anything wrong in it.
    Usual clothes is what they can’t use. And to separate clothes by gender is becoming an old custom. Now-a-days, fashion is freestyle.

  • missy says:

    well whats the difference between this and women hockey where women have to wear these masculine shoulder pads and what not. it all depends on the sport. NO need to alter this

  • fgrsk8r says:

    The difference between ice dancing and figure skating in a nutshell is that ice dancing is when the skater does footwork (twizzles, turns etc.) and some lifts while figure skating includes jumps and spins. Also ice dancing is usually with a partner at olympic level while figure skating is alone. Pair skating is figure skating with a partner doing lift jumps.

    Also clothes need to be somewhat tight because loose clothing will slow the skater down while jumping.

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Such people write faster, and generally how we think about the history on this subject they know nothing. They follow only their judgment, not fact. In my neighborhood, and my city is pretty reasonable people who know that I wear nylons and treat it as a matter of routine. I wear tights in public. Men who wear high heels are ordinary men just like to wear what they like and what they produce for men. Men also have the right to wear what they want to wear, as well as women. Women wearing clothes that were until recently exclusively the domain of men only. Pants, ties, jackets and so forth. By the beginning of World War 2, it was unthinkable that a woman appeared in public in pants. This was considered offensive. Even 31 9 2010 in France still applied the law of the seventeenth century, which forbade women to wear pants! (But from the beginning of World War 2 by women no longer observed.) Evidence found at the end of the text. It was published recently on TV and I found it on the internet. Perhaps you’ve watched the television. I met occasionally in the opinion of several women I quote .. tights are just for women! hello .. women wake up! this is not a long time ago. We live in the 21st century. I think that this view are some of the concerns of women and complacency, for fear of losing their feminine qualities and weapons, which lure and attract in order to attract a man and engross. But it is a mistake! Man woman in nylons always notice, regardless of whether that man wearing tights or not. Unless of course otherwise sexually oriented. Women like me, and I wear tights in public and I lose interest in women. But I meet a view of women that face them like a man in tights and even it excites them. So ladies, asking the men for themselves equality and emancipation … you have it, so I asked her and men from you. Why do men have lost their stockings (these articles were taken from online magazines) Since several centuries men wore shorter pants, sometimes above the knee, stockings have long been the domain. Baroque and Rococo gentleman dressed white tights pants to the knees, which adhere ribbons. Under Louis the fourteenth liked Belas red stockings and tights. Prolonging Trousers losing stockings in a man’s wardrobe importance, culminating in the 19th century, when men finally presedlali long pants and tights were shortened for socks. Female feet waiting for reversing the trend and the shortening of skirts in the next century, Stockings gained increasing attention. And even in Victorian England (second half of the 19th century) was inadmissible to show what the ladies just down the legs, and some households are even chair legs for sure obúvali in cotton stockings, the less puritan countries already under her skirt hid nice white, striped and patterned tights. Tights for men?! Time baggy underpants finally wane! Men from Western Europe and the United States are always one step ahead of the masters of our regions. Manufacturers have launched tights that are designed specifically for the male foot. Dressing up this kind of clothing has nothing to do with sexual orientation. Straight gentlemen appreciate tights that are perfect under tight fit jeans. This trend is increasingly subject to Westerners. Available are even men holding itself stockings! If you still feel dizzy and consider stockings for men’s feet as something effeminate, know that it is the gentlemen were the first bearers of stockings. They wore them in the 11th century! In England even works association that persuades men that stockings are not just the domain of women! It is estimated that every fifth Englishman had at least once in their lives on their feet stockings. As it is among the Slovaks? Tights for men If you are a man who owns more than three cups a cosmetic composition appears to be a metrosexual, this will definitely take your breath away. Gone are the days when the bitter winter, warm tights could only women and men had heroically freezes. Hit Western Europe and the United States are pantyhose for men. Warning, do not say a classic shapeless cotton underpants, but nylon tights that are perfect example under tight fit jeans. More and more men loves this piece of clothing, a trend captured the firms producing hosiery. Example of ELA, ARIES, ARIADNE, Evony, PAUMA, LOANA began producing unisex tights that clothed men as well. Unisex designation means that the mantles are designed for both men and women. Many, however, have a portfolio of products designed exclusively for men only. From the predominant colors black and navy and size are customized masculine proportions. 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