Can Boys Wear Leggings?

Or Are Leggings Really For Girls?

sheep leggingsDo you love the look of baby leggings on your baby? Are you a fan of the slim fit that is comfy and fits over even the biggest of cloth nappies?

Leggings are a bit like marmite – you either love them or hate them and I am firmly in the love camp!

Over the last few years the popularity of baby leggings has risen. I became a fan when I couldn’t find suitable trousers to fit over a huge cloth nappy and have remained a fan ever since.

They are comfy, easy to wear and don’t restrict movements like tight, thick jeans do. Leggings are stylish, easy to wear and super practical too.

But there is one thing that lots of people still worry about...Can I put a boy in leggings?!

Leggings are usually associated with girls and I think that this is putting some people off them.

Would I put a boy in leggings? Well, why not I say? But then I would – because I make them.

But maybe it’s time to look closer at leggings. This blog post takes a quick look at how and why leggings can be gender neutral and a few difference design features to help you make up your mind.

What is Gender Neutral Clothing?

Dinosaur leggings

Gender Neutral. Unisex. For Boys and Girls. Can leggings really be one style for all?

Gender neutral really just means that it is suitable for both boys and girls. Unisex is when something is designed for both boys and girls.

Tutti Frutti Clothing leggings are both gender neutral and unisex. Designed and suitable for both boys and girls.

I designed my leggings pattern to be roomy around the bottom, slim in the leg and with a simple cuff. This way they really are easy for both boys and girls to wear.

Read more: The Best Gender Neutral Clothes for Kids

No Central Seam

monochrome wave leggingsTutti Frutti Clothing leggings are roomy in the bottom to accommodate a nappy, but also because it is a little bit more flattering on both genders.

It’s all personal preference but it is why my leggings are made from a front and a back piece.

Traditional ‘girls’ leggings – and by that, I mean tight fitting ones they usually sell in the girls’ department, have a central seam that runs under the crotch. On girls this is mostly OK but on boys it can create a bulge that some parents might be uncomfortable with being on show.

Seams run up the sides and the inside leg rather than under the crotch. There is not central seam to cause any discomfort or create any bulges that some people are uncomfortable with.

I think that this style really does look good on boys and girls.

Slim Fitting or Skinny Fit?

Like jeans there are many different fits to leggings. Slim fit, skinny fit, relaxed fit…there are lots of different ways to wear your leggings.

Skinny fit is something that we perhaps associate more with leggings in the girls’ sections of shops. They are usually skin tight and come with a longer top or can be worn under a dress.

Skin tight leggings are cool and funky but I wanted something a bit comfier when I designed the Tutti Frutti Leggings.

Tutti Frutti Clothing leggings are slim fitting – which basically means they are not designed to be skin tight but they aren’t as baggy as jogging bottoms!

Of course, it does all depend on the shape of your child – here you can see a toddler fills them out more than a slim 7-year-old but you get the idea – they are not designed to fit like ladies leggings at all.

Boy in leggings Girl in leggings

I bet you didn’t realise that there was so much to a pair of leggings, did you?!

But Can Boys Really Wear Leggings?





Yes! Boys can and should wear leggings. They are just comfy trousers!

But you know what? It’s just a name for a piece of clothing isn’t it? Leggings, slim fit joggers, jersey trousers, lightweight pants – call them what you want but there is nothing gendered about them at all.

Organic Rainbow Leggings

Let me know what you think – do you love leggings? Or do you think they shouldn’t be worn by boys? I’d love to know your thoughts!

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  • Dawn Willetts on

    Hi I’ve got 2 boys, aged two and 6years years old and I love them in leggings! Even better, they love being in them! They’re comfy and cosy and just so easy to wear. Going to look at yours right now!

  • Jade Barnes on

    YES! Boys definately should wear leggings. I think there will be an age where my 3 year old no longer suits them, but until that day we will remain legging addicts. We started as a baby because they were comfy and flexible, then we carried on into potty traiming because they were easy to pull up and down and wash. And now, well he rocks them so we will continue for as long as we can. Keep doing what youre doing.

  • Ruth on

    I am and always have been a big fan of leggings for my son – he’s 2 and a bit and I have dressed him in leggings since day 1 – he doesn’t like jeans, or anything with a button at the waist, and why the heck shouldn’t he wear them? They are comfy, easy to wash and most definitely shouldn’t be defined as just girls clothing. Boys clothes are lacking in so many shops anyway, don’t limit them any more than they already are!

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