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Dear Marcy: Why Is My Boyfriend Wearing Tights With His Shorts?

It’s another Dear Marcy! Ask her anything and hope she doesn’t answer…


Dear Marcy,

My boyfriend keeps taking my leggings and ballet tights and wearing them under his baggy shorts!

It makes me very uneasy. He actually thinks he looks cool.  I personally don’t like this look but… I dunno…  I’ve been seeing it around on other guys lately.

Is this a new trend that I need to get used to? Or should I break up with him?


Girl Dating A Hipster


Dear Girl Dating An Idiot,

It’s not new but it is trending on college campuses right now.

Guys sporting this look think they’re imitating cool basketball players and claim that these ballers invented this new “leggings with shorts” look. Aka, “meggings” or “mantyhose”.

Aleksandar Ivkovic Basketball/Miles Community College photo by Djibrilsise13 of Wikimedia commons


I call Personal Foul.

This look was originated by The Burger King.

Who got it from Shakespeare.

And was stolen by Pearl Jam at some point in the 1990’s.

None of this matters of course, because each and every one of these men look stupid. And, you will look stupid by association. So, hide your tights, burn his baggy “Charlie Brown” shorts, and if worse comes to worst and he starts sporting a Man Bun- YES – break up with him.

Life is too short to have an  “I’m With Stupid” sign on your aura.

You’re Welcome,



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  • Reply Big Momma January 31, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Break up with him. I quit my gym when the manager showed up wearing camo tights. Rusty lockers and moldy showers I can live with, but man tights? No.
    Shakespeare’s shoes are beautiful. Maybe remove the pompoms.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch January 31, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Yeah but pom poms on shoes are very much in style right now. Well, at least for women’s shoes. lololol

  • Reply TheLadyK January 31, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Oh, Marcy… looks like our brief truce comes to an end.
    In other words: The guys in Pearl Jam were (are) awesome, and just because YOU weren’t around to experience the last hurrah of rock n roll (*sniffs sadly*) doesn’t mean they looked bad. Also, man buns are hot on the right dude. The only problem I have with this is that the hipsters think they are oh-so-edgy and original. And that you do not pull off this look with WHITE tights.
    ex-rocker chick who had long haired boyfriends

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch January 31, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Marcy is sleeping right now but I am sure she will have a snarky comment for you when she wakes up.
      On a fun side side note – I used to wait on Eddie Vedder all the time when I was working at Kay n Dave’s in Brentwood/Santa Monica back in the day. He was always very nice and sweet. My manager and a couple of servers used to have mini breakdowns when he would come in they were so excited to see him. Fun times for sure!

      • Reply TheLadyK January 31, 2018 at 9:22 pm

        Bring it on, cat.
        C: I’m jealous. Well, I’d be really jealous if you said you got to jam with him.

  • Reply Rick Sanchez January 31, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Cat themed tights might bring you back into the fold though.

    • mm
      Reply Marcy Cat January 31, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      even if freddy wore cat themed tights we’d still kick him out.
      meow and claws,

  • Reply Vik January 31, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    So now you have showed me another thing that I didn’t know was going on out there. ???

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch January 31, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Freddy’s been seeing it a lot on the USC campus. So crazy! I think the Trump toilet maybe funnier though. hee hee hee.

  • Reply Patty February 2, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I had no idea the Burger King was such a trendsetter. I don’t think I could date a guy wearing tights under his shorts. I’m with Marcy!

    • mm
      Reply Marcy Cat February 2, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      meow and claws,

  • Reply Liz February 2, 2018 at 11:14 am

    So I’m not opposed to a man bun, but I’m not a fan of the shorts and tights. I can’t imagine that would be particularly comfortable to wear as a man. I don’t find tights particularly comfortable, and I’m missing a few parts that I can only imagine complicate the fit. But, at the same time, I wear high heels and super heavy earrings. Fashion is pain, I guess?


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 2, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Me too! I have always hated wearing tights since I was a little girl. I get really mad wearing them. Always have. Same with turtlenecks.

  • mm
    Reply penelope kitten June 10, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    MVM HQ.

    Penelope Kitten is reading through the day’s emails when she gets this one from a new reader named Larry.

    “I was very disappointed in the answer you gave a girl if she should break up with a guy wearing leggings or tights. You also said guys look stupid in them, are you for real !!! Who are you to judge people like that.Its only clothing. Using your standard of judgement , everyone would look stupid for anything people wear, tattoos, piercings, capri pants, personally I think leggings on women look stupid.”

    Penelope Kitten forwards it to Marcy.

    penelope kitten squeaks: hey hey. we’ve got a new reader who is mad at you. tho most old readers have been mad at u for years. plz respond + try to be nice.

    • mm
      Reply Marcy Cat June 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      Dear Larry,

      I am a cat. Not a person. Therefore, not only am I “for real”, but simply being of the feline persuasion gives me the right to judge everybody and everything.
      Not only do tattoos, piercings, and capri pants look stupid on people, everything looks stupid on people.
      People ARE stupid.
      I don’t sugar coat it. In fact, I don’t even like sugar. I’m a cat. I like meat. And you must be fresh meat aka a millennial. Millennial humans are such sensitive flowers.
      I dare you. Cultivate a sense of humor instead of a sense of outrage.
      Send me a question and I’ll answer it like the judgmental mean kitty cat that I am. Can you take a take down from the original “Hell No” Kitty?
      I doubt it. But I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.
      You’re Welcome,
      P.S. You are correct in that women look stupid in leggings.

      • mm
        Reply penelope kitten June 10, 2019 at 5:05 pm

        that was not v helpful, marcy very much.

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