Just. Say. No.

Hello-Hello, welcome to another beautiful day here at the Prepatorium.

Today we have just one item, but we feel compelled to limit the length of our post as a precautionary measure because of the subject matter.  Trauma to one’s psyche upon seeing today’s topic merits, nay, demands brevity. What, pray tell, are we talking about? (Here’s a chance to avert your gaze and also get little ones out of the room, they don’t need to be burdened with this.)


The Telegraph

The Telegraph

And this.

CHAOS Magazine

CHAOS Magazine

Apparently even teen heartthrob Justin Bieber is a fan.

The Kit, Canada

The Kit, Canada

More from the across the pond via the good folks at The Telegraph:

But “Megging”, as the male legging is known, is now all the rage in sartorial circles. Celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Russell Brand and Lenny Kravitz have all been spotted wearing leggings, while fashion stores Uniqlo, Barneys and Nordstrom are selling tights for men.

Well, that’s enlightening. And frightening. I paid a visit to Nordstrom and did a search for the abomination.



In reality only two items seemed to be even remotely akin to jeggings, meggings or variations therein. Officially titled “Topman Spray On Skinny Jeans,” they can be had for your MOTH (Man of the House) for a mere $39.98.

Topman 'Spray On' Skinny Jeans (Acid)

Topman ‘Spray On’ Skinny Jeans (Acid)

Perhaps this will have many readers howling in laughter at my stupidity, but aside from the two items upper left (and to my uneducated eye they appear to be skinny jeans), the rest of the offerings at Nordies look like long underwear or running gear, no?



We return to the Telegraph story for a moment, you can see how eager to embrace the phenomenon Brits are:

The bad news is they are on their way to Britain: Uniqlo is already selling them on its British website, and their success in New York is seen as an indication they will also prove popular here.

It may be too late to halt the invasion (seems like a lovely thing to export and be done with, no?), below we share a pair of meggings now sold out at Selfridges (a UK store).



Sadly, there are more where those came from.



We like the way they put it in the the Daily Northwestern:

Yes, these tight tragedies actually exist. It was only a matter of time, I suppose. Are you an athlete or a dancer? No? Then don’t even go there.

Far be it from us to defend American Apparel, named as one of our original Anti-Preps, but many cite this American Apparel item as a sign of the apocalypse (perhaps I’m merely providing another opportunity to laugh at your trusty scribe for being so pathetically naive) but according to the description, they are “baby rib long underwear”.

American Apparel

American Apparel

That’s what they look like to me.  CHAOS magazine also puts it well:

We are all about self-expression. Madonna taught us to express ourselves, and Lady Gaga preached that we were all born this way. While these things may be true, there are just some trends that do not need to happen. I’m looking at you, meggings. In case you don’t know what meggings are, they’re leggings, but for men. I’m all about bending the rules of fashion; hell, guys wear a skirt for all I care. But, this is just a TMI waiting to happen.

Via The Daily Mail

Via The Daily Mail

Methinks it’s time to invoke Nancy Reagan’s classic phrase and Just. Say. No.


Filed under It's Just Not Done, preppy, The AntiPrep

18 responses to “Just. Say. No.

  1. annie vanderven

    should we laugh or cry!!!! so silly.

    Annie v.

  2. Pink&Grn4ever

    How à propos! I was getting my hair styled yesterday afternoon at my usual fave spot when the owner whom I adore passed by, saw me and leaned over to give me a quick air kiss accompanied w/ the usual, “How are you, Beautiful?” And he was wearing ….jeggings!! To be frank, I find going to the salon a total laugh circus as I get to see every stylist modeling every fraction of a trend that hit even for a millisecond. It’s a hoot! I, myself, like leggings or white jeans with a long tunic over a camisole and pretty ballerinas for a night at a cultural exhibition. We Floridians get very casual at night at small drinks parties. We only get to show a smidgen of deviation from the safe uniforms we wear at luncheons. So I get my chortles vicariously from my trips to the salon where I see things I never see in my real life. Like tattoos on girls. (Ugh.) and bizarre hair color treatments and thick magazines I’ve never heard of. With “fashion” forward models wearing–you guessed it! Jeggings! Oh, and David was also bedecked in a skull covered Alexander McQueen scarf.
    Also in the Anti-Prep category are skulls. How can we equate our sunshiny outlooks with death symbols? As a cancer patient, I don’t see the “fashion” in it at all.

  3. Amy

    I heard about this recently and I wanted to DIE. This is just AWFUL! Yuck!

  4. What has this world come to?

  5. PLEASE say it ain’t so. I saw this the other day on TV, and about died. I don’t care if the Biebs is wearing them or Obama or The Pope…this just is WRONG. Yuck…I can barely handle girls wearing tights but boys? No no and no! Seriously….hope the next great trend comes along and comes along FAST!

  6. mona

    Does this mean we won’t be seeing the Consort sporting this look, with fuzzy slippers, in public? 😉 Beyond tacky.

  7. This isn’t new tho – I’ve seen Aerosmith, GnR etc wearing them. Once upon a time they were reserved for rockers with long hair.

  8. Camille L.

    And they should stay reserved for rock stars. Icky.

  9. NO!! My eyes!! My eyes!!

  10. I must say this at least once a week,directed towards women, but after seeing this, even more so towards men. Universally….LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS. Leggings are like thick tights. Not pants. Tights.

    Obvi I feel rather strongly about this topic! 🙂

  11. Letty

    Oh geez! Some fads are best left to the ladies.

  12. sTitch says yes to male leggings, allow me to tell you a story;

    On the 28th of October 2012 two young city workers wore ill fitting female leggings to a fancy dress party in north London. These two individuals alongside another mutual friend have now tasked themselves with designing, manufacturing and selling male leggings to the fashion conscious male.

    Head to http://www.stitchleggings.com to find out more.

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