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Monday, January 22, 2007


Yesterday I received three hate emails from weirdo's that think I wrote an article about men wearing leggings.

Personally I don't care if men wear leggings but I feel really sad for the guys that feel compelled to write stupid emails about something so frivolous.

Are they really afraid that they may soon have to make the decision of which leggings look best with their sportcoats?

One guy said I wouldn't last long in his office.....well, I run in leggings, I think that means i would kick his ass twice as fast.

Sorry for the rant but I hate the fear the runs some peoples lives.

If i could figure out how to document it I should wear a pair of leggings with a sportcoat ,like in the Marni show, and capture and how people react. i would have to do it in a city like Philly or Pittsburgh.

Wasn't that Cameo's whole look back in the 80's?

Has anyone seen the article that these weirdo's are talking about?

Comments on "What?????"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:23 AM) : 

The only thing I can think of is in the New York Times there were some pictures from Milan. But I don't see leggings mentioned anywhere. There was one guy in a knitsy/ski looking outfit.

Overall that writer pointed out that the tailoring was great and the collections shown pretty good.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:25 AM) : 

Fashionfanatic60 said...

Hi-larious. I believe he/they are referring to Godfrey Deeny's FWD review of the Marni show, which also posted on Yahoo (, as Fashion Wire Daily also got similar hate mail. Geez. Don't hate the playa, hate the gams! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:31 AM) : 

E-mail and the internet are amazing creations. Yet , it provides cover for psychos who have nothing better to do than send their fear through usually poorly spelled rants. Who cares if men wear leggings? Sart, sorry your day was littered with their spam.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:33 AM) : 

I saw a photo from a runway show with an article "Legggings for Men", but didn't read it on DrudgeReport 1/21/07. Don't know who wrote it either. Sorry.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:36 AM) : 

Men in tights... F' Yeah!
I wrote an entry in my blog, like 1 year ago with this title.

Maybe this one due to time proximity is the article about the Marni show where leggings where the staple.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:37 AM) : 

I've just googled "men wearing leggings" and found this article published yesterday by no other than ... Godfrey Deeny! .
Have a look:

Marni: Leggings Are the New Must-Have



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:38 AM) : 

what kind of "leggings" are they talking about?

why shouldn't a guy wear one of the above?

just because it would make him look like
-gladstone gander?
-a bavarian gamekeeper?
-olivia newton-john?

curious to see how the story unfolds ....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:42 AM) : 

LMAO@don't hate the player hate the Gams. Good stuff.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:49 AM) : 

The Drudge Report had a photo/link of men in leggings - I'd imagine it's some knee-jerk reactionaries who read it over there.


Blogger positive_negative said ... (11:58 AM) : 

I don't know why people are even surprised that leggings are becoming popular for men when you can't even walk around soho, or WILLIAMSBURG without seeing men where tight-tight jeans that look like leggings already. Heidi Slimane built an empire out of it.

I'm sorry you ran into a group of idiots who can't seem to respect another's opinion (even if it wasn't your own). Keep up the good work though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:08 PM) : 

It is sad that the idea of something even remotely challenging can cause so much anger.

Apparently, your e-stalkers are not familiar with the "show" aspect of fashion.


Blogger kiarella said ... (12:13 PM) : 

Well, hate mail and the cop incident in Antwerp: this was not you lucky day Scott! Anyway think about it this way: you were lucky not to wear leggings in Antwerp!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:23 PM) : 

Oh-those guys would have hated the '80's. Didn't David Lee Roth and all the guys from RATT wear leggings, scarves on their hips and eyeliner?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:28 PM) : 

Cameo, Milli Vanilli, etc. Really, though, don't pay these kind of folks any more attention.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:59 PM) : 

Wow, you've had a couple of hilariously odd encounters!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:12 PM) : 

I love that a fadtastic new trend evokes such reaction from people... this is what fashion is all about: challenge the norms with your own innovative intervention. So, kudos to those who love the male leggings, and kudos to those who hate them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:16 PM) : 

homophobia is an annoyingly chronic this in the states especially (i think). myself, i don't care much for the men in tights look. i do, however, enjoy it when men feel free enough to emphasize their shape - as women do and do and do too much


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:17 PM) : 

People hating on style are unstylish. They're terribly insecure about it and need to vent in some way.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:25 PM) : 

hahah wow let me just say that is so funny...thanks for the laugh


Blogger Resplendato said ... (1:27 PM) : 


I saw a blurb about men wearing "yoga tights" since more men are doing yoga..perhaps that's what they any's ridiculous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:52 PM) : 

Hmmm. Threatened over a post of men in leggings. Becareful if you run a series of men in skirts (not drag).


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:53 PM) : 

I just don't understand people's impetus for writing brainless emails like that. I guess it's their own fears and insecurities, but really, it's such a waste.

If you want to come down here to fashion-lame Philly for the leggings experiment, I'd gladly document it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:53 PM) : 

Hitler called your country and mine his enemies, but I think we both can take that as a compliment. Same deal for you with those hate-mailers; an insult from them is really a compliment!

(But yeah, it can ruin your day nevertheless.)

Keep up the good work.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:55 PM) : 

clearly, the author of those emails was the cop in antwerp.


Blogger angela said ... (2:00 PM) : 

The post that questioned male leggings and linked to your blog is from law professor Ann Althouse. Now I feel like the only law blogger who cares about fashion.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:09 PM) : 

I'm old school and amongst those who think leggings-for-men would look indescribably absurd. Yet, I'm not about to send a hate email to someone who happens to disagree.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:14 PM) : 

Do you mean to say that you are developing a secret plan to wear leggings in Pittsburgh? I'm all for it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:14 PM) : 

I agree its ridiculous to send mail about leggings, but really, sart, that was a bit much of a rant.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:19 PM) : 

Way to go Sartorialist! defend yourself! and rock on with the leggings, they don't threaten me!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:23 PM) : 

As a native New Yorker living and working in Pittsburgh, I couldn't agree more with your choice of city for this theoretical experiment.

Seriously. I'll get you a cameraman. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:36 PM) : 

Awww... poor Pittsburgh. I live here- and I can assure you that fashion is so unheard of that no one would care if you showed up in leggings- they would probably assume they were tight sweatpants- a perfectly acceptable local fashion statement. But, you're always welcome here. I'd be glad to show you around what we do have- which is a city with a small town attitude, beautiful riverside parks, a better-than-decent arts scene for a city of this size, and a phenomenal view from Mt. Washington. Oh, and the people here are pretty friendly, if I do say so myself. And we can laugh at ourselves... thanks for the smile.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:50 PM) : 

There is a list of 'leggings for men' articles at BuzzFeed:

You may be a bit late on the leggings in Pittsburgh idea. I live in a punkish part of the the 'burgh and saw a guy rocking some leggings last week. Though the sportcoat would be an interesting twist.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:59 PM) : 

why philly or pittsburgh?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:03 PM) : 

I agree with anon 12:28, just ignore them.

I admit, though, that I am bit ticked that they made you feel bad. They are a bunch of jerks! :(


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:19 PM) : 

Sart - why are you so down on Philly? We've got style, too, you know...



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:38 PM) : 

I suspected that fashion would come around to this again; I for one would love to see men in tight pants (maybe not so much in spandex). Do you know how much I drool over those Regency men in breeches?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:59 PM) : 

Fashion Addict Diary just posted about Marni debuting men's leggings; it may be related somehow.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:25 PM) : 

Don't know what article they are on about but I'm sure they have mistaken your blog for someone else's maybe one that would publish pictures like
this one


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:41 PM) : 

Yo Sart

Why the Philly dig? Your recent posts are seeming a tad provincial in a NY-centric way.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:43 PM) : 

Definitely the Yahoo article:

A link to it appeared on the "featured" section of the Yahoo main page with the words "Men in Leggings?!" just yesterday (or was it the day before?). How you got associated with the article, I have no idea, but sorry! The photo from the Marni show is still on Yahoo's 'most emailed photos' top ten - so clearly it has created a bit of a stir.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:53 PM) : 

To answer my own quandary: The reason you were associated with the Godfrey Deeny article that appeared on Yahoo is because when one Googles "Godfrey Deeny", the first two pages to appear are yours, with the tag lines: "Godfrey Deeny, Fashion Journalist, Sartorialist", and "Godfrey Deeny, Rogueish Style"


I'm thinking this is both good and bad news: Bad news because flame-writing morons can't read and go for the first thing to pop up, good news because your pictures are, overall, more linked-to in the world than even the man's own work. Yet another confirmation of your popularity. . .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:01 PM) : 

I remember one image you took in London of this boy in leggings and a coat. "A very London look" as I rememeber it. There was much discussion of that shot. Perhaps that's what they meant?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:23 PM) : 

1. They're mistaking you with someone else.
2. Since your blog is a hot thing in the fashion scene, they probably think you've said something about men wearing leggings.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:24 PM) : 

My boyfriend would look hot in legging!
Haters are so boring! Sorry you had to deal with that Sart+


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:42 PM) : 

Hedi Slimane, not Heidi Slimane. It made me laugh though, so thanks. :D


Blogger triage said ... (6:11 PM) : 

truly a sad reflection of our culture at large and the maddeningly restrictive attitudes of men's fashion how such an idea can cause such vitriol.

the persons who wrote you obviously know squat about the history of fashion. particularly prior to dandyism and the great masculine renunciation.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:46 PM) : 

How did you get blamed for the horrifying leggings article???

My brother in law saw that article and right away he jumped up, and said "Now I can finally wear my codpieces out in public!" everyone chuckled. Brother in law loves this site btw and is a snazzy dresser. no tights in his household.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:27 PM) : 

don't really pay attention to this airheads! they just want your attention!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:33 PM) : 

Yes it was Cameo's look, but it was pulled off with the padded jock strap =)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:50 PM) : 

why would you need to have this experiment be in philadelphia or pittsburgh, i wonder?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:05 PM) : 

I read Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry's BLOG, where he made reference to an article on the men's leggings in Milan on Jan. 22. Here is the link:

(Hope I did that right)

I enjoy Dave Barry's humor AND The Sartorialist. I guess some people find that too much of a stretch. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:31 PM) : 

I'll follow you with the camera!
Let's document this!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:40 PM) : 

this could well be it


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 PM) : 

Are Philly and Pittsburgh even more close-minded than your home state? I'm in Indy right now and, in my untraveled and anti-Indiana biased opinion, I'd say you'd really be asking for a beating here.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:40 PM) : 

Why have you chosen Philly or Pittsburgh for your leggings experiment?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:35 PM) : 

I don't care for leggings on guys, but being hateful like that is rude. I love to jog in leggings even though I'm a female, and I know that most serious runners and other athletes (manly men) wear spandex in some form. But it is true that some of the designer jeans and those worn by guys like Jude Law are stinking tight, so I don't get it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:45 PM) : 

Just because you didn't find anything photo worthy on your short walk through Rittenhouse, doesn't mean we don't understand style or taste in Philly. We're not all cheesesteak-chomping, Rocky-loving unfashionable people. Can't speak for Pittsburgh, though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:00 AM) : 

Hahaha! Its crazy how some people can get all worked up on a question of preference. Those guys would have had a hard time for a couple of centuries. Men, real men :) wore tights and “leggings” during the Renaissance, the Middle Ages,… even soldiers of ancient Rome had on a kind of short legging.
I hope it did not ruin your fun Scott. Keep on opening peoples minds!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:24 AM) : 

leggings on big muscular straight men's legs...mmmm i like this very much. Dress proportion and of course great legs are all it takes, sober coloring is a must though if one does not want to look lile David Lee Roth or Steve Tyler...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:23 AM) : 

There's a post about men's legging on Fashion Addict Diary, i believe.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:49 AM) : 

There was an article in the Sun (a UK tabloid newspaper) where they sent a reporter out in leggings and an overcoat to see the reaction... is the link.

It's probably from a narrow minded person that has seen that article.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:51 AM) : 

We have to try harder and accept the 'weirdos' and the 'weirdos' have to try harder and accept the leggings....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:10 AM) : 

gosh some people really have nothing better to do than be paranoid about something as non life threatening as wearing leggings !!! GO FOR IT love your answer re running after them and don't let double narrow minded bigots like these ever get u down, your blog is great !
fan from Paris


Blogger Zaydoun said ... (10:26 AM) : 

While I sit and pray for the women's leggings fad to go away, along come leggings for men!!

But hey I'm not screwed up enough to send Sart any hate mail. Who are these losers anyway?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:28 AM) : 

I really think people can't have fun with fashion, this is the problem...You don't have do adopt a style if you don't want, but you can positivly laugh about it and keep the one you feel conf. in .

M .


Blogger DerSenator said ... (11:28 AM) : 

Lots of scared little boys in this country.

To achieve the full Cameo, you would also need the patent leather codpiece. Good luck finding one of those.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (12:34 PM) : 

To All

I only mentioned Philly and Pittsburgh because they are both big cities and easy to get to from New York.

I could have said Washington DC (where one of the hate mails came from) or Boston but they are further away.

I love Philly and visit often and Willie Stargell rocks!!!!
(how is that for a Pittsburgh reference!)


Blogger Reuben said ... (12:50 PM) : 

Typical close minded losers, their manhood defined by their fears. I wear tights when I run, heck I wear a wetsuit when I work, kind of the same thing, right? Woud I wear them out on the street as a fashion statement? Um, not my cup of tea, I don't even go for the tight jeans, though if you can carry it off more power to you. Fashion is what you want it to be, and what it boils down to is that you like what you're wearing...haven't we learned anything from "Ugly Betty"? haha


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:37 PM) : 

any catalog of motorcycle apparel will include leggings - black leather, maybe suede, fringed, plain, and/or with conchos.

kind of an old-school thing for a chopper guy to wear.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:51 PM) : 

Boys in Philly already wear leggings!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:08 PM) : 

i'm not so sure about leggings with a sportcoat. however - i have no problem with men in tight pants. american football? baseball? tour de france? i love a man in some tight athletic pants...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:58 PM) : 

Better place for this experiment: Baton Rouge.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:08 PM) : 

Try antique military woolen leggings. Underwear that's so well made that one can wear it as outerwear 60 or 70 years later! And there's the possibility of bakelite buttons too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:09 PM) : 

Wasn't that Cameo's whole look back in the 80's?



Anonymous Gin said ... (8:06 PM) : 

I was re-reading ur old posts and saw this article... omg Mr Sart u're the man


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