Skinny jeans? We don’t know her. Seriously, I haven’t put on a pair of jeans in… what is it… maybe eight months now? There’s no chance I’d be able to fit into a pair at this point. I know some of you people took your time “off” this year to focus on your fitness, but let me tell you, I have not. Shout out to my show-off colleague Taylor, who took her time in quarantine to build an entire home power rack. Meanwhile, I measured my waist size yesterday for a suit I’m getting, and apparently, I’ve gone up three pant sizes since March. I couldn’t believe it.
With that being said, I came to the realization that it’s time I start getting this body in motion again. Quarantine can’t be an excuse any longer.
I figured in order to get myself back in action, I was going to have to find a way to make exercise seem doable again. I live in Brooklyn and the local Planet Fitness I pay monthly for but do not go to is, in fact, open, but I’m figuring since the weather has finally cooled down, exercising outside seems like my best bet right now. And baby, I ain’t pulling that in shorts. Let me tell you that right now.
Back when I was working out semi-religiously before the world took a nosedive, I would run to my gym in age-old basketball shorts and freeze half to death en route. I’ve been interested in men’s leggings, otherwise known as “meggings,” to combat colder weather workouts for quite some time, but I never allowed myself to bite the bullet. This was until I got a message from Matador Meggings asking if I wanted to try out their newest man leggings, at which point I finally realized, the time for meggings was now.
Meggings: Don’t Knock Man Leggings Until You Try Them
Matador launched their all-black meggings a few months back, but only recently did the top dog in the meggings game release their newest collection — a slew of wild, festival-themed meggings that are sure to bring a pop of color to your next workout.
When deciding which pair I wanted, I couldn’t figure it out because I’m as indecisive as it gets, so I left it in the hands of founder Valentine Aseyo. He stalked my Instagram, so I stalked his Instagram, and jeez. If I looked as good as he did, I’d have started a meggings brand too. Anyway, he peeped my ~aesthetic~ and decided it would be best if I were to go with their psychedelic pattern because of the pinks and purples unintentionally scattered about my Instagram. I was a little skeptical because they were definitely one of the loudest of the bunch, but I trusted his word.
The meggings arrived in the mail a few days later and I instantly tried them on and damn. No offense, but I look great. The meggings hug my legs in all the right ways and the explosive pattern and vibrant colors actually match some of my workout tees tremendously well.
Each pair of Matador’s meggings are sweat-wicking to ensure no matter how hard you’re exercising, sweat stains will only minimally occur. The pants have a hidden inner drawstring to tie to your liking, zipper pockets to hold your valuables and even an open pocket to hold your phone. There is a t-shirt/towel loop in the back so you can dag sweat off your face wherever you’re at in the workout. Best of all, Matador works as a sustainable brand that uses a fabric supplier with a state-of-the-art water recycling plant on-site treating 100% of the water used in their line of products. So not only will you look great in meggings, but you’ll feel great about wearing them too.
When on, they don’t feel tight or constricting in the slightest. They quite honestly almost feel as if you’re wearing nothing at all, which is definitely a plus in my eyes. The stretchability doesn’t end the way it would in basketball shorts or sweats and nothing ever rides up or bends weird, so if you choose to wear undies underneath, you’ll never feel the need to fix them no matter how intense your workouts are.
With intense workouts in mind, you know those guys who, like, go to the gym and then pull a couple of errands afterward without showering? Whether it be a trip to the grocery store or brunch with friends? I would never be that kind of guy because I look like I dipped into a swimming pool after working out, but with these meggings, I feel like I might finally have the confidence to rock the post-gym look out in public for more than a minute and a half. And best of all, there’s even a pad in the crotch area to make your man bulge look, well, a little more manly and a little more bulge-y.
While the phrase “butch meggings” might seem like an oxymoron, unisex clothing and gender forward designs like male rompers are going mainstream fast. And if you want your meggings in more traditionally masculine colors and patterns, there’s a whole range of options at the Matador online store.
You can find extra colorful meggings as well as more neutral options right at Matador Megging’s website. And let me tell you, they’re worth it. I’ve never felt more confident in a pair of pants. So, why wait? Snag yours now.
Below, you’ll find some of our favorite Matador Meggings, which might just be the perfect Christmas gifts for men this holiday season.
Matador Men’s All Black Leggings
Let’s start with the most butch option from Matador, which looks like the kind of compression leggings you’ll find football players and other athletes wearing in cold weather. These black leggings for men are more than meets the eye. A soft crotch cup conceals your VPL, that’s your visible penis line, while an Inner drawstring keeps your leggings tight. There’s also a pocket for your phone and a zipper pocket for your wallet or keys.
Matador Lightning Meggings
Looking for meggings with a louder style? Matador has tons of fun prints and colors, but we especially like the Lightning Meggings (pictured below) and the Labyrinth Meggings
Matador Ocean Low-Rise Meggings (3/4 Leggings)
Finally, you’ll want to check out the stylish Ocean Low-Rise Meggings from Matador, which feature a cool three-quarter design. They’re made from the same high-performance fabric as the full-length leggings but show off a little more skin.
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