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Men In Tights: Hot Or Not?

Submitted by on August 26, 2010 – 10:44 am8 Comments

With leggings remaining a hot commodity with the ladies, was it inevitable for them to translate into menswear?

Both leggings and tights ran rampant on fall 2010 runways, from Givenchy to Phillip Lim—but in quite a masculine manner.  They were paired with heavy work boots, bulky outerwear, shorts—even kilts.

Phillip Lim


Historically, tights were acceptable on men from fictional superheros to Shakespeare. They served as practical garments for horseback riding, and were popular in the theater during the Renaissance. High class fellas, such as King Henry VIII of England, sported fine fabrics of silk or fine wool, while lower classes got stuck with the cheaper, coarser materials.

King Henry VIII


In this day and age, you usually only spot them on athletes for functional purposes…or so you would think. A few years ago, the NBA set out to ban tights on the court, feeling that players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade were actually rocking them as more of a fashion statement than leg warmers.

Awe, check out Kobe in his color-coordinated leggings

Chris Brown was perhaps the most recent male celebrity to rock these questionable bottoms, and definitely received mixed reviews for it:

Chris’ Graffiti album cover

Given that silhouettes in menswear are going slimmer (along with hemlines going shorter), is this an acceptable look or going too far?

Source: Wikipedia, Style.com,

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