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Hey men twitch that panty-hose!

The new trend is foreseen. The real men also wear panty-hose and leggings, writes Kabeer Sharma

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 15:00 IST
Kabeer Sharma
Kabeer Sharma

Four months ago, Tom Cruise was holding his breath as he was fit into a contraption resembling a girdle in a 15th Century castle outside Rome - you see he was a little too plump for his Armani tuxedo - so!

For the last month and a half, fashion czars have done one better- they too went back in history, but not as far as Cruise's 15-century castle or as recently as Jack Black who plays an aspiring Mexican wrestler in Nacho Libre, but to the 17th and the 18th century.

So, the new dress sense for men seems to be stretching the metrosexual act just a bit (at least as much as the Marni recommended tights allowed).

The new men, according to fashion designers at least, wear corsets. Wait, if that got you kind of grossed out and thinking cross dressing Saturdays, hang-on, apparently real men also wear pantyhose and leggings - and mind you, we are not talking about The Birdcage.

Nor are we talking about Robin Hood: Men in Tights, or Batman's trusty sidekick Robin or Superman's trousseau - what we are talking about is you and me.

Those who wear skinny pants, but as Lascelle Symons suggests give dirty looks every time we are shown something stretch at a denim shop.

While the girlie girls battle against anorexia, we're told that it's some double uber fashion conscious men in Paris who are showing off an hourglass figure - standing tall, their backs straight, the waist nipped in, broad shoulders.

The reason? Corsets for men are quite the rage, in fact one retailer in Paris is reported to be selling them for between 500 and 600 euros (about Rs. 30,000 - who said you don't pay a price for bondage?).

Yes exactly like Kinky Boots - where a young man looks to making boots for cross-dressers to save his father's shoe factory from certain closure.

Only this time, we're not sure whether the retailers adopting otherwise traditional womens wear for men is a desperate attempt at finding a niche market or the OTT attitude that fashion indulges in, is debatable.

First Published: Feb 16, 2007 15:00 IST