I’ve been writing about bloggers wearing red tights and red pants since February:
- What Wendy Wore: New York Fashion Week
- Fashion Bloggers Caught Red-Legged, Part I
- Fashion Bloggers Caught Red-Legged, Part II
- Fashion Bloggers Caught Red-Legged, Vintage Edition
- Fashion Bloggers Caught Red-Legged, Part III
- This Red-Hot Spring Trend Has Legs (Huffington Post)
The trend has become so noticeable that the New York Times wrote about it last week.
But this whole time, I’ve had a vague feeling that I was missing some important red-pants history. While scrolling through my iPod this weekend, it finally hit me. How could I have forgotten Loverboy‘s 1981 Get Lucky album cover?
In 1979, Rod Stewart wore skin-tight red Lycra pants to perform Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (yes! we did!) at a Unicef benefit concert. That must have been why I incorrectly remembered Rod as wearing those pants in the official Da Ya Think I’m Sexy video, but it turns out he wore skin-tight black pants while a band member wore red. I’m consoled by the fact that Rod wore a leopard-print … blouse? Leopard is my favorite color after red.
My close personal friend David Lee Roth and the rest of Van Halen were very into red clothes.
Van Halen’s video for Hot for Teacher was a huge scandal. Everyone was worried it was going to corrupt the children. I still love the song and the video. Sing along with me: “I don’t feel tardy!” And check out the red suits.
Here’s a contest: I’ll do an interview for this blog with the first red-legged lady (or gentleman) who perfectly recreates the Loverboy Get Lucky album-cover pose. Get your cameras out!
UPDATED TO ADD: Not a Loverboy pose, but I had to share this red-legged photo of gorgeous blogger Stef of Diversions. I like that she wore red shoes with the tights.