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men in skirts: can you dig it?

Since the end of the Victorian era, men’s fashion has been pretty darn boring.  The 20th century saw men coupling their upper-body wear with almost exclusively pants, shorts or other bifurcated items of lower-body wear, and that’s been it.  Not a skirt in sight unless we count Scottish kilts, which, outside of Scotland, feature only at weddings and other such formal occasions, anyway.  Maybe it was the industrial revolution forcing people into factories where overalls and other pant-based garments proved safest, or maybe it’s that societal values such as modesty and sobriety started taking precedence over Romantic era frivolity and pomp. Whatever the reason, most 20th and early 21st century men’s fashion was dull, drab and predictable.  My question is, why?

Sure, there have been a few attempts to diversify the scene over the years – the unisex fashion movement of the ’60s saw women don pants; men wore floral shirts in the ’70s; and designer Jean Paul Gaultier has made numerous attempts to bring back male skirts in the past thirty-odd years (starting from his Spring ’84 ‘Et Dieu Créa l’Homme’ (‘And God Created Man’) collection) – but on the whole, nothing has really changed.  Is it a question of gender normativity, lazy designers, or closed minds unwilling to accept new ideas?

Inevitably, how we dress and what we wear affects how we feel – as they say, clothes make the man (or the woman).  But is something like a man wearing a skirt really so radical?  After all, women have been wearing pants for decades, and though it took some time for it to become wholly socially accepted, jeans and trousers are now so much part of the average Western woman’s wardrobe that to imagine life without them would be difficult.  The situation with men seems to be much more rigid.

Today, it almost seems that it’s not the men who wear the clothes; it’s the clothes that wear the men.  Men are confined to pants and shorts, and if they branch out into skirts, dresses or even a very colourful vest, questions of homosexuality, transvestism or questionable manhood often arise.  And while these reactions may seem unreasonable to forward-thinking Lip readers, the issue is not so simple.

Imagine, as Charlie Porter did in an article for The Guardian in 2002 , a man dressed in an above-the-knee skirt going to your local shops to get a carton of milk.  Everything else is the same as it would otherwise be – he’s wearing a shirt and tie, or else a jumper and some trainers – but instead of pants or shorts, he’s wearing a skirt.  As Charlie Porter put it, ‘[h]owever radical you think yourself, whatever open-minded stances you take on sexuality and nonconformism, you would more than likely laugh at him or, worse, feel ashamed.’

Personally, I don’t think that I would react that way – in fact, I have seen men in skirts before, and it was no big thing.  Maybe my mind has been opened to the idea by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and fashion blogs like The Sartorialist, or maybe I just don’t care how others dress, but it was totally fine.  I would hope that people wouldn’t be so closed-minded as to feel shame for someone else for their choice of clothing, but, as we’ve seen, people are wont to shame others for their choices, even where these choices don’t affect those judging in the least – homophobia, anyone?  Nevertheless, the issue remains – is the world ready for men in skirts again?

One possible test for whether the world is ready is whether heterosexual women would be happy with their boyfriends/partners/husbands wearing skirts in public.  Personally, I don’t know how I would feel about it.  Sure, I think that men’s fashion is boring – that it could do with some variation – and sure, I’m fine when men I don’t know wear skirts around me, but to be in a sexual relationship with a skirt-wearer?  I don’t know if I’m there yet.  He’d have to be extremely masculine in every other sense (whatever ‘extremely masculine’ means).  And even then…

What do you think?  Are we ready for men’s skirts again?  Could you date a skirt-wearer?  And what about accessories and footwear – could you go out with a man who wears necklaces, handbags or heels?

By Dunja Cvjeticanin

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74 thoughts on “men in skirts: can you dig it?

  1. Great article, Dunja – I think that one of the reasons for the societal distaste around men’s skirts has to do with ideas of masculinity vs femininity – whilst it’s appropriate for women to wear traditionally men’s clothing, for men to wear women’s clothing is considered abnormal.

    I think it’s somewhat linked to feminine traits and qualities remaining undervalued in society. To wear a skirt as a man is humiliating because it makes you ‘look like a woman’. Why should that be humiliating? Why do skirts have to remain feminized when pants have managed to become the norm?

    What do you think?

    • Hi
      I agree with you entirely! I am a man and I wear skirts. I love them. It took me ages to get the courage to do this. Skirts are awesome. Comfortable, stylish, so much choice. Why should men be prisoners to the fashion police? Sod the bigots and those so wrapped up in their tiny minds. The worst critics are the women. Say no more. Men just look puzzled. Quite normal. Go guys, experience something great. Air those balls and you’ll grow a pair.

      • skirts for men is impractical and foolish . No man no real man would wear a dress or a skirt for that matter . It isn’t that the garment isn’t cool because of the structure of the fabric. The fact is a man’s body is not designed for a womans garment . Men don’t shave their legs or paint their toes or nails . Men don’t color their hair or pluck their eye brows or put make up on their faces . I think the push for men to wear dresses is because men aren’t really happy with themselves . Pushing the envelope is one way of dealing with the stresses of life . A skirt won”t solve the problem nor will a dress or trying to be something your not . Self acceptance is what is needed . Wrapped up in emotions or seeing others do something your not able to do produces frustrations . Sexual repression, lack of focus in life are a part of the push for female clothes on men . It only distorts the real person underneath the clothes . Being a slave to fashion is only another form of slavery . Some people are slaves to profanity or money or any number of things . Some to food , drugs . Movies and cars . Skirts and dresses are a part that makes a women stand out in being a woman . hormones push women to areas men don’t understand . Why would one want to wear the clothing of someone else when you need to be yourself . Conquer yourself first . Know yourself first . You have to ask yourself do I want to look stupied . Ken

        • Congratulations to support the use of skirts for men .
          We are looking for support for designers and fashion houses Promote and put in the windows of stores, or stores, skirts, and skirts Dresses With designed for men , for the discomfort of pants ‘ve Always Been unbearable , only Were Given That Most men fear or afraid to talk acerca Their discomfort and NEEDS . Some thought They would laugh or ridicule if the expresaron its dissatisfaction and discomfort , and preferred to live With the greatest discomfort .
          The coverall or trousers was proclaimed for specific tasks , but now this info we have imposed to the point that torture is unequivocally affecting, the health and quality of life for men and Their Families .

          The pants are the garment ( or dress) LESS Appropriate for a male , boxer underpants ( or tight underwear ) , acts as a splint on the genitals ( propitiating malfunction , and disability ) , the center seam pants ( called shot) , abusive , bruises and lacerations , and uncomfortable all the time the genitals ; strap or belt acts as a tourniquet , and forces the heart to pump blood more effort ( to Overcome the contraction does called tourniquet belt), and poor blood irrigation malfunction Occurs Affects : THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM , URINARY SYSTEM, REPRODUCTIVE . Also With the use of the pants have forced men to urinate standing up , que is completely unnatural , no person sitting on the toilet or toilet to defecate , urinate and then stops to standing up, the two sphincters open or synchronously at the same time , the man standing urination damage your prostate , and dirty bathroom or toilet or sink . Skirts and Dresses With skirts for men are supreme mind – HEALTHY , FRIENDLY AND COMFORTABLE . The pants, underpants set, the center seam of the pants, and belt or belt, are Promoting modern diseases of men: impotence , infertility , PROSTATE PROBLEMS AND POSSIBLE CANCER TESTIS .

          No part of the male body are abused more than the genitals .
          For better health and comfort wear SKIRTS OR DRESSES WITH SKIRT
          The petticoat is a garment That offers many comfort and safety in the locker room of people wearing skirts and dresses . Petticoats and not allow them to see light When the fabric behind the skirts are very transparent , PROVIDE SECURITY AT ANY TIME IF THE BREEZE ATTEMPT TO LIFT THE SKIRT .

          The only two drawbacks of a skirt ( for men or for women , anyway , or is the same) , They are by poor design , or poor preparation of the skirt :
          - If a skirt is too short , it ‘s up estarla pulling on the ring ( or edge) , it does not cover much and possibly the wind lift .
          - If the skirt is mu close or narrow , or very ceñidao shaken , leaves give you step or walk , or climb ladders ( then it would behoove kneeling or walking for help) , but as I said is bad design , development or skirt .
          A skirt to the knee , or 7 cm below the knee , is an ideal place , or as long as it Deems .

        • No one is pushing female clothing on men. A lot of men are tired of the same old crap that has been worn for hundreds of years and want to wear what was worn for over a thousand years by men. In Greek and Roman times, they fought wars wearing skirts, wore skirt like and dress like garb when not fighting. For you to say that a skirt or dress makes a woman stand out a woman, then you must not know much about women. Women stand out find on their own without having to be in a dress or skirt. It is people like you who continually drive that BS into the heads of women and men, which is stupid unto itself. Get real, get a life and learn to spell, stupid is not spelled “stupied”

        • Sorry you need to get a life. It because they are happy with them self. Guys like you need to try it Skirts, pantyhose , shave legs who would like it to . we do not look stupied. guys like you are Stupied.

        • There is a lot of stupidity in your remark, but I want to address just one such item. You say, “The fact is a man’s body is not designed for a womans garment . Men don’t shave their legs or paint their toes or nails .” What does shaving one’s legs have to do with wearing a skirt? I show just as much of my hairy legs wearing shorts as I would in a skirt. But I never felt a need to shave my legs because of it. A skirt is simply a garment that allows one to be covered but without having one’s legs separated. Three quarters of all men in the world sometimes where garments that have this feature to them. Are you really meaning to say that the majority of men in the world are not real men? I think any point of view that results in such a conclusion points not to the truth of that conclusion but the falsity of the point of view. Tell me, did you really think through the implications of what you said?

        • Pants are a woman’s garment of choice. Skirts are extremely comfortable on a mature male’s body. A skirt has nothing to do with hair color or plucking eyebrows. Yes, I am a man who prefers to be hairless rather than looking like a gorilla in the local zoo. Again, very comfortable on a hot summer day. It is all about comfort. If you want to look stupid or even look like a woman you will need to wear pants.

        • Unfortunately, I disagree with almost every word you have written. You say that women are trying to force men into wearing skirts, when in reality we’re just opening up the options for men’s fashion, and anyways, some men enjoy wearing skirts. Heck, it was a man who tried to bring back men’s skirts for the past 30 years, not a woman!
          I also disagree with what you said about being a slave to fashion. New trends do not push this. It is entirely up to the individual person whether he/she wants to follow the trend or not. And as for hiding issues and stress under clothes. .that’s a different issue all together, and it is up to that person to seek help. I see no reason why personal self-acceptance and stress issues are the fault of men’s skirts, and why it is bad if a skirt is the reason these feelings are diminished.
          Finally, I am offended by what you said at the beginning of your opposition: that no “real man” would wear a skirt because they do not participate in seemingly feminine activities. What qualifies as a real man? Is there really such a thing as a ‘fake man’? And do you really only see the female population distinguished by the number of cosmetics we use? I’d like to know the answers to these questions, and I’m sure a lot of others do as well.
          All in all, I think you really need to take a hint and start living in the 21st century. Women are not so vain as you seemingly think. Men, whether they are ‘real’ or ‘fake’ as you have said, can and should wear skirts if they want to. What you need to do is accept the fact that not all people have the same opinions about what men (and women) should and should not wear. End of story.

        • I don’t know where you come from or if you have followed the fashion. If not please wake up. Your mind and thinking is conservative and I think you are worried that someone you know might see you in a skirt or sarong or kilt and than you try to hide a fence so you friends won’t see you. I wear kilt and sarongs for years and have gone out walked
          around and no body said anything. Yes we have to get use to it that might been seen by someone we know and perhaps these person might have the same fear as you. Yo need to wake up and smell the roses.

        • I guess your a closed mined fool stuck in history where women did nothing but skirts or dresses , well wake up women are going male with blue jeans and flannel shirts and guys want skirts , so who cares what’s out side A body it don’t have anything to do with who you are . God I can’t stand people with such closed minds

    • I go out in public once a week wearing 6″ blk stiletto high heels, suntan pantyhose, gold anklet, tight micro mini spandex skirt, blk panties, blk bra, sheer white long sleeve blouse and an open vest. I look hot. I get great comments and smiles. I feel sexy myself. I am a happily married man for 50 years. I Love it!!!

    • Yeah! I wear 6″ blk patent high heels, tight spandex mini skirt, taupe pantyhose, gold anklet, sheer white blouse and black bra. I go out in public on occasion. It feels good and sexy. I get a lot of positive remarks and smiles. I feel and look very sexy and I am only 67 years old. Guys, try it sometime. you will get hooked on it.

        • Dave, I do agree with you but if some guys like that, that is their choice. But I think this has nothing to do with men wearing skirts

          • Thanks for the support Veronica. I think next I will replace the tight spandex skirt for a mini flirt skirt and add stockings and garter belt over the pantyhose. The rest of the outfit will remain the same. This sounds kind of exciting. Hmmmmm! Can’t wait to see what kind of reactions I will get with this sexy little number.

        • Hey guy there are some of us guys with tits yes I said tits , I my self wear a 36 B bra everyday and enjoy it . My wife even pic’s some out . I’m not a girly guy but with bra and a thong and a med length skirt and a nice shirt I feel very good about my self , imt proud to be a man in a skirt.

  2. Agreed Zoya- it’s sort of like how it’s socially acceptable to give a baby girl a male name, but not vice versa.

    RE skirts, I would LOVE for that to become the norm, but I think we need baby steps… maybe start with normalising the coloured vests first! As open minded as I am, I know I would definitely (involuntarily!) think “hmmm” if I saw a man in a suit with a skirt, in 2013.

    • I have an odd point to make. I have never worn a skirt in public but I am considering it. However, I would find it possibly more difficult to wear a colored vest. I am very conservative about the colors I choose to wear, finding most bright or light colors to be too effeminate for my taste. That might sound ironic but it is not so strange. I don’t care a whole lot how I look as long as I don’t look slovenly (which itself would draw attention to me, which I try to avoid in clothing that I wear). Why then would I be drawn to a skirt? Because I do care about comfort, and while the attention a skirt would bring would be a negative for me, the comfort of it might just outweigh that negative. So for me, the skirt might come long before any colored vests or even brightly colored shirts or pants.

      • Jim, your thinking is influenced by things that happened many generations ago. Male genetics is not causing these thoughts you have. Your views on bright colors have nothing to do with being masculine. First, any man wearing a bright red T shirt is going to draw way less attention than you in a plain looking skirt. You do understand that? Now for the history lesson which I fear will be lost on you due to ego. I give it because it will help others avoid the confusing cobwebs of psychiatric fables about masculinity. Noblemen, kings and rich men for thousands of years, did wear all manner of bright colors. “Solomon in all his glory” was a reference to his clothes—not his palace. The upper class eventually developed “sumptuary” laws, banning lower class men from wearing bright colors and fancy apparel. It was also often a matter of money. A man couldn’t wear what he couldn’t afford, and fabrics left their natural color cost less than dyed fabrics. Dyes were mostly from plant sources, and it took time and effort to gather these. By the time the Puritans gained influence in England, circa late 1500s, they developed in their view of God, that bright colors were “of the devil.” The Puritans were famous for wearing drab colors—black, brown, grey and dull white. You’ve heard the term puritanical in reference to people who think having a good time at anything is sinful? Jim, you ARE infected with Puritanism. If God was against bright colors, why are diamonds dispersive of white light into the spectrum? The next blow against bright colors on men came from the awful French Revolution in the late 18th century. After the Reign of Terror and Madame Guillotine executive great masses of people, bright colors and fancy clothes on men became associated with political repression. The nobility in France were overthrown, and generally, they were the only males, due to sumptuary laws and the simple cost factor, who could afford brightly colored clothes. However—did not Chairman Mao and Joseph Stalin wear drab colors? Yes. Did they not both engage in political repression of the masses? They sure did. Therefore, the bright colors have nothing to do with social injustice. As for bright colors having to do with effeminacy in men—that’s just crazy. In spite of your skirt ideas, you are still stuck in the mud this other way. You’re in this mental trap of thinking “the more restrictions there are on me and on what I can wear, the more masculine I become.” Jim—that’s a CON JOB. Finally came the Industrial Revolution just a generation after The Great Masculine Renunciation caused by the devil inspired events in France. When men went into coal mines and factory work, they quickly decided to wear mostly black, dark brown and dark gray, because smudges and stains wouldn’t appear so drastic as on a garment of a bright color. Avoidance of bright colors has absolutely nothing to do with being masculine. The Scots frequently use bright colors in their weaves, and the Greeks wear red caps, and red or blue vests—with lots of fancy embroidery. Have you seen the brightly colored skirts male Tanoura Dervishes wear in Egypt? Color is not sex specific, that’s ludicrous. You need to get away from equating inhibition with masculinity. Be aware of the historical social forces which have “colored” people’s thinking today regarding what they think men should wear, and stop painting yourself into this tiny little corner by restricting yourself. The dumbest move men ever, ever made is abandoning the stage and the spotlight entirely to women, as regards sartorial display in clothing. All museum curators and costume historians back up my remarks, Jim. So does over 100 years of the National Geographic monthly series, Jim. I mention these points in case common sense isn’t enough to get you over the hump.

        • Excellent! With colors you have to be extra careful to do a proper match of those colors so you don’t look like a clown. But it is also true when you have to match patterns. Say you wear a plaid skirt, then you have to make sure that the other color do match but there is no new or additional pattern introduced.

  3. First of all, it’s the STATISTS who hold onto the past. Second, men shoul d not have had to wait decades for the coming fashion equality, because “justice delayed is justice denied” (Martin Luther King Jr. said this). Also, this is not the nineteenth century, when ideas took much longer to spread around due to slow transportation/communication . I have a great idea – why not start selling kilts, sarongs, caftans, and other masculine one – legged clothing, THEN go with the actual skirts – and finally dresses. To not favor ANY compromise is not only extreme, but blocks progress. Finally, to the women who will not date a man just because he’s wearing a skirt: don’t you think you’re being a bit shallow? Why not date a man because of who he is as a person? There’s much more to choosing a partner than what he or she wears.

  4. I think we just need to dive in and have the courage to change fashion.
    I wear skirts and Kilts full time and have done for several years now – there is a bit of a surprise sometimes – but I get accepted with no real problems.
    I live in SE England.
    I am proud to be a Man in a skirt

    • I fully agree Roger. I’m in Northern England and have done it for years with the support of my wife. You get a few initial looks but I too find it accepted with no real problems and we go all over both skirted.

  5. Another Roger but from Australia. I easy admit I wear womens under and skirts with no problem. I wan’t bore any one with how curiosity got me to were I am today but I will state the facts. I’m a happily married man, kids and work in construction. I am not gay or girly or what I call a crossdresser. I have for years worn womens underwear because I discovered how comfortable they wore, yes I just a plain full brief kinda guy and enjoy the lightness of the material. I then one day got really sunburned and make a comment to the wife how mens shorts hurt when your legs are burn’t. She made a comment that she didn’t have that problem cause her skirt was light weight cotton. I told her she was so lucky and I wish I could have clothes that were like that and she said go get my other one and see. I don’t really think about sterotypes and decided to try it. No more huring legs, my male parts seemed to be in heaven but maybe that was due to the whole “wow I’m wearing a skirt” and living dangerious mentalality but anyway I wore it all day and new at the end of the day I never wanted to wear shorts over a skirt while at home. The point to this story is men need to wake up and realize we live some incomfoartable compared to what we could. I know it’s a big jumped for most or they worried they would be judged but aren’t clothes suppose to be designed to cover the body, serve a funtion and be comfortable? Then what does it matter what department you buy it from if it does what it’s designed to do. It gets hot as crap here and yet I live a very easy and comfortable lifestyle, yes I hid it from my workmates but at home I am the most comforatble guy in the world and truthly my wife did worry there was some hidden thing about me but realizing there were no secrets she loves the fact that I am just a happy go lucky guy and likes knowing I can live outside the mold. Feel free to write to me anytime at cookmoore@gmail.com if you would like to discuss in general how great life can be in womens clothes,

    Cheers,

  6. Since the Victorian age I still have to et used to women wearing trousers or even worse Long Johns which they call leggings. Nowadays you do see pictures of women wearing little more than pantyhose while shopping….
    As to the aspect of men wearing a skirt. Why not, isn’t it bias to state that women may wear trousers and skirt and men just pants?
    As to my personal view, within the four walls of my house, I tend to wear a skirt. It cost me my marriage after it was considered fun. Now, whenever driving long distances and alone in the car I do wear a skirt as it is much more comfortable than trousers.

    • I have the problem, I wear skirts when a lone and for the last year,I don’t change before getting out and going inside , so far neg. comments, just a few strange looks

  7. Very good article, Dunja.
    I am skirt wearer, too, because since 2008 I have to wear support stockings. Wearing those under pants is just a modern torture, so my doctor came up with the question why not to wear skirted garments.
    First time I had problems to go in public, but I learned it was just me and my kind of thinking. Most people do not care, but almost every day I get some nice comment from few, mostly women.
    And I learned that skirts are much more comfortable than any kind of trousers, even shorts. What I am missing is skirts which are designed for men, only women’s “junior” sizes come close to that men need. Personally I am not a friend of high heels even I know that also men wore them first. But this kind which are now called high heels are looking to me like weapons.
    Since I have to wear support stockings all the time I think most men can wear that also, depend on the complete outfit and weather-/ climate conditions.
    What I try to do is to encourage more men to follow up with skirted garments because the history tells us that men were wearing skirted garments all the time until Victorian era….. well actually French Revolution.
    I think it is time to re-think and give men the possibilities to wear what they want and it should not be restricted to a un-bifurcated suit with a tie. Dunja already wrote about this.
    As Roger Moore already wrote, it is a jump, yes it is but not such a big I first thought it would be. Men help to help each other, then it will work out for all.

    • There are skirts that are designed for men availabled. Just google for dress2kilt, skirtcafe.org, Midas Clothing, hiatus etc. Mountain Hardwear offers the Elkommando hiking kilt.

      Female skirts are cheaper and can be altered but if you looking for a particular male design, you have the choice.

  8. I agree with the comment about how it is bias to claim that women should have complete fashion freedom but not men, although I would use the word “misandry,” because there is no logic in limiting what men wear. Also, whatever happened to the patriotic belief in equal opportunity? Or is it “equal opportunity” as long as a right winger is OK with it?

  9. Thank you, Dunja for this article and your insight.

    Personally, I simply cannot understand how so many people, in many cultures, can be so blind to the hipocrasy surrounding this fashion choice, i.e. men wearing skirts in public. Men and women share many, many things in terms of occupation, domesticity and sporting/recreational life. Bring up the topic of the social acceptability of a guy wearing a skirts and every activity surrounding them suddenly comes to a screeching halt. Those who espouse “equality” and “fairness” should really stop and think through their own thoughts on the matter. There is truly only ONE answer that is logical and intellectually honest: Men can and should wear skirts with the same societal freedom that is granted to women and all of their sartorial choices. The question is: How can this be accomplished? Quite simply by more men developing the cajones to wear skirts in public with unsolicited (negative) comments be damned! TKH

  10. The above comment makes me realize that the belief that civilization evolves to adapt to new environments is NOT always true. Men could have worn skirts as early as the 1960s when, for the first time in history, we had a service – sector economy, and most men no longer worked in construction or in factories. True, many millions of them WERE employed in those industries, so although skirts could have been mainstream for men, they would not have been as ubiquitous as womens’ pants are today – although the man skirt market would have increased as the decades went by. But most people simply refuse to use logic and reasoning, thinking that it’s still the 1950s.

    Also, I have read comments by people who called skirted men and their supporters “communists.” What liars they are! The designers of men’s skirts and kilts are ENTREPRENEURS, and is America not based on freedom of starting your own business? In a TRULY capitalist society, companies such as Utilikilts and Midas Clothing would always receive respect. It is those who seek to undermine personal liberty who are the communists.

  11. A Skirt was a man garment. Women wore long dresses, not skirts in the past. It seems like women have taken every single piece of clothing from men even pants! It is time for men to reclaim what belongs to them and most of all their freedom!

  12. I just wanted to say I agree with every word that The Kilted Hoosier said in his comments . I have being wearing skirts for 7 or 8 years and its great It has to be promoted in the right way to start with. But I will keep wearing them and enjoying them for now.

  13. I started wearing skirts because of a skin irritation between my legs. But, as a farmer, I find skirts most comfortable for hot outdoor work.

  14. An entire occupation stands ready to aggressively obstruct men’s rights—psychiatrists and psychologists—with their prattle about “cross-dressing.” A search of the public record confirms they obstructed women wearing pants, until so many women wore pants that the “clinically normative mental health professionals” could no longer call women in pants “ill” or “disordered.” A judge in Chicago ordered Evelyn Bross, arrested for wearing “men’s clothes” (pants) in public, to see a PSYCHIATRIST for 6 months! 15 years later, psychologist Horace English was still calling women in pants “transvestites.” Anything the majority expresses disapproval of, according to these little Stalins, is a “disorder.” Yes, they WILL call men in skirts, even presenting as men, crossdressers, because they are in the business of poisoning the wells of public thought. They get off on validating majority intolerance as a “there’s something wrong with you,” rather than an “intolerance is wrong” situation. I certainly do wish all of them high speed, head on collisions with others of their kind.

    • Hmmm. Charles your comments re psychologist and psychiatrists contains so much venom and you express you thoughts with such gusto that one can only be drawn to the conclusion that you have had exposure to the mental health system. As you mention Chicago I presume you are in the US. Now things may be different on your side of the pond but from my personal experience, what you state has no bearing to reality.

      I’m posting again re the rights or wrongs of skirted men so I wont repeat that here.

      • “I have had exposure to the mental health system” you are a CRASS BOOR to make such a comment. Answer this you reeking imbecile—by what legerdemain does possession of a degree in a mental “health” discipline, confer on its holder immunity from this interminable and immeasurable plethora of “illnesses” which they go about inventing? Do you think any dentists ever needed a root canal? How about a dermatologist? Does his/her degree immunize them from sunburn, abrasion, blisters, insect stings? How does having a psych degree insure that mental “illness” can never “strike” them? You must be descended from the British who got canned at New Orleans in January 1815.

  15. After reading the above comment, I have come to realize that America does NOT have the best system of government in the world. WESTERN EUROPE does, because its government is not based on majority opinion, but rather doing what is right (an example is their complete elimination of capital punishment). Although the United States USED TO be a Constitutional Republic, the Founders’ fears of mob rule have come true. This is very serious, because mob rule can (and has) created “reverse discrimination” due to “justice being delayed, and therefore denied.” Incremental progress in terms of civil/human rights (such as men wearing skirts) is unacceptable, because progress that takes many decades means that countless numbers of the “oppressed” will not live to see the freedom that they would have seen if justice had been achieved much, much sooner.

    The whole point of what I’m trying to say is that mob mentality should be done away with if we are TRULY going to go about creating a decent, civilized 21st Century American society. People who are part of the “groupthink”/fascist/totalitarian ideology only serve to alienate the rest of society, thereby dividing America into the intolerant vs. those who truly support equal opportunity for all. As Abe Lincoln famously put it, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

    One more thing: I once saw a movie with Ann Margaret which nearly made me sick to my stomach. In one scene, she sings “I’m proud to be a woman…” as if only WOMEN are allowed to be beautiful, and men have to hide their bodies in a “male burka of the West”. Yes, the suit for men is no different from the Middle Eastern burka – that is, except for the lack of head covering for Western men.

    • I doubt that the US culture should give way to the western european way of doing. Where in the past Western Europe was maybe a trendsetter, at present most tv programs are forthcoming from the USA, so Europeans are continously confronted with the USA bravado.
      indeed de suit for men, more apropriate for many is the jeans, the voluntatry Mao costume as most jeans are made in….
      I wouldn’t be surprised if we could trace back our norms and values to pre Ceasar and Cleopatra Egypt.

      • Interesting comment JohnN though perhaps a little of topic. My thought on your comments is that you may well be right but for one minor flaw in your argument i.e. we don’t actually watch much of the crap that your production companies sell to our broadcasters. C’est la vie.

  16. At the end we have to say that cultures are melting together. We in the U.S. still looking what comes from London, Paris or Milano, Europeans like to watch some kind of soap operas from U.S. Going around Europe recently i could see shops in Prague which are common in USA, Starbucks in almost every city in Germany, and fast-food in Austria.

    Regarding fashion Europe is still an unwritten leader followed by Japan. Yes, we can proudly present our own fashion but it is always a step behind.
    Men in skirts are more common in western Europe, but we all know that many men around the world using skirted garments as their every day wardrobe because they learned that nothing is more comfortable and healthier.

  17. Me too: I wear skirts and dresses for a year now, and most people appear to silently accept it. Some like it, some consider it weird. It would be great if enough will follow to get the public used to the looks.

    • I also wear skirts, high heels, pantyhose/stockings. My usual outfit consists of: 6″ black patent high heels, tan pantyhose, gold anklet, short tight spandex skirt, white transparent long sleeve blouse with open vest. Sometimes I will wear gartered stockings over my pantyhose to give an alluring look. I get nothing less than positive comments and smiles of acceptance. It really feels great. I enjoy it. Those men who have not tried dressing up in skirts etc. should try it and see what they are missing. A powerful and exciting feeling.

      • OK MRBO, this is the third time I have read your postings which all say roughly the same thing. I think we have the message ;)

  18. I wear skirts occasionally, shorts a lot, depending on the weather. I wear support pantyhose under both. Women don’t seem to have a problem with it, but there is the occasional scowling man. They sure are comfortable.

  19. i am wearing a skirts for 3 years now in doors some times to the shops now when are they going to make it the fashion for men to where it in public as a every day wear because it is getting boring to wear pants and shorts everyday come on guys make a plan speak to the fashion designers on the moment i wear denim skirts and is straight cuts and it is so comfortble I wait for the first men skirts in the stores on the shelf tha day i will shop till i drop it is money for fashion clothing indusry and they can make a kill alot of men around the world will go for it.

    • I too wear skirts, I am 28 years old I have shaved legs, Apparently very girly legs.
      What gives women the Right to wear Jeans, Shorts, Trousers, Skirts etc and we cant?
      Wear what ever we want.. I wear very short skirts with boots, trainers etc.
      I have never been attacked, I sometimes get the odd comment but 99 % of people just aint bothered any more..
      Go for it..

  20. We need to be asking the men’s wear corporations to market skirts for men more so that more men will purchase and wear skirts “for men” from a men’s wear retailer. This will bring back the trend as it will not be purchasing and wearing a woman’s skirt made for a woman from a woman’s wear store.

    Then and only then will men wearing skirts become acceptable again. You guys with the stockings, high heels and feminine jewelry and all, well, you’re just not men so you can’t be included in the “Men in Skirts” movement.

    • “you’re just not men so you can’t be included in the “Men in Skirts” movement. You’re an imbecile, James. King Louis XIV of France invented high heels for himself. Jewelry? Since when is jewelry only for women? When have you seen any man wearing “feminine” jewelry? Did you know Super Bowl rings have been made with marquise shape diamonds, which are usually thought of a “women’s diamonds?” Stockings? NFL players like Joe Namath used to wear them on cold days. What’s unmanly about being warm? You are truly an ignorant boor and I wish I could make you verbally read out loud my entire 332,482 word documentary on the history of sex typing apparel and why this is wrong. Greek Evzone soldiers wear “stockings,” you’re so uneducated, they also wear fancy embroidery, does that constipate you? It’s presumptuous to a bizarre degree of you to dictate to others they’re “just not men” when you have no historical background, no awareness of contemporary realities, and are not tolerant of nonconformity except in a very limited degree. Retailers aren’t going to change the scene, that’s been tried, they won’t invest money to attempt change. Any skirt a man buys which was marketed to women, if he has it altered to fit—it is now his own male garment, because he has legal title to it. The only irrationality, past your inhibitions and uninformed mentality, are intolerance and men wearing bras and padding their hips. If men were raised with human choices the incidence of female impersonators would fall by 90%. Get this straight—high heels (I personally disfavor as unhealthy) are for people with feet—not just for women; stockings are for people with legs—the body parts they interface with—not just for women—and jewelry is also for people, and it’s for each person to define what their taste is—not for you to come in like an obnoxious, overbearing, uninformed boor and dictate your very dim picture of reality to others. How about fancy shoes, James? British Beefeater guards at the Tower of London, a tradition for over 450 years, wear shoes frillier than just about any you can find on women. They also wear pleated neck ruffs. Don’t be telling us these guys are “just not men” because puritanically, you think men should be plain and drab like grave diggers, while women are free to loo0k like tropical fish. James, when I was up in high altitudes climbing, I wore tights under pants. A pox on you if you say I was wearing something female because layering is standard practice in mountaineering. Women wear all styles of skirts. That’s how many skirts men should have the choice of wearing, because men wore innumerable skirt designs for thousands of years. Why are you acting like a mouse born in a grain bin who can’t get the big picture? I hope pride will fade so someday you can see things as they are. Style restrictions aren’t right for either sex. Choice is a wide spectrum and is “human individuality”—not “femininity.”

    • “This will bring back the trend as it will not be purchasing and wearing a woman’s skirt made for a woman from a woman’s wear store.”

      There is not much difference in sizing with a “women’s” skirt. It is all about the style. Don’t fool yourself with labels. The folks on the street doesn’t even know the difference.

      Manliness is biological factor, nothing else. The people make the clothing.

  21. I wear pleated skirts and kilts all the time now. I go to Church in skirts with no issue. I do get a lot of compliments. I basically go everywhere with no issue. My wife and kids got used to it and they were able to see that it was not the end of the world. In fact when I wear a nice wool sweater with a skirt I look way more dressed up than anybody else and I am comfortable. But some days I prefer to wear pants or shorts. For me wearing a skirt is another option that I have. If I wear pants, they must be loose and comfortable as well. We men are the problem… I have already seen a difference since I started a few years back. A man in a skirt is no longer a big deal!

  22. Variety is the spice of life. Clothing for me is how I express who I am and how I feel that day or moment. I should not be confined to society’s limited box of choices, colors, fabrics and styles when it comes to clothing. After all, they are only clothes. They serve to keep me warm and protect my modesty. I am a human first and a gender second. Also what is between my legs should not define my gender or who I am as a person.

    So wearing a skirt or dress should never be seen as weakness but as a strength. My sisters are not weak for showing their femininity or masculinity. So why should I be seen as weak when I show my femininity?

    I look the other way when some sneer. That’s their problem and not mine. Life is too short to be concerned about such things. So I wear my skirt with a smile and go about my business. Most everyone loves a happy face and people who are true to themselves.

  23. From conversations with female friends over the years, I reckon most women have no issue with men wearing feminine clothing as long as its done tastefully and respectfully. Sadly, round here it’s other men that are the problem, and I’m still fearful of the abuse to which I’d be subjected if I went out wearing my skirt and tights.

    • Skirts aren’t feminine clothing but clothing. Femininity is a subjective and cultural matter. It is not your or some womans business what other people wear.

      “I reckon most women have no issue with men wearing feminine clothing as long as its done tastefully and respectfully. ”

      Interesting, you know most women and use empty vessels to describe your disdain for some fashion choices.

  24. If we could wear them year ago it should be alright to wear them now. In some cases I think men look good int them and feel more comfortable wearing one. Why should the ladies have all of the good stuff and we have to use the same old thing day after day. Their is nothing wrong with them, you might have to do a little more personal care to wear one, but it would be worth it to be comfortable.

  25. I wonder why it’s ok for females to show a lot of bare skin but not males. Surely the male shoulder is often as good-looking as the female. Why are there no cool one-shoulder free T-shirts? And men’s legs are often good-looking, my families’ are, sometimes I get compliments from women. So show them. Perhaps knickerbockers or lederhosen. Business shorts are normal year in Australia, with long socks. Why can women’s swimsuits me almost negligible but mens trunks enormous. Women can show off their sexual characteristics, but in the US at least, men should not. A pair of speedos or a bikini brief is much more comfortable.

  26. In the US, society and in particular women have denied man beauty. It is not the case in Europe. Women have also a double standard. They want fashion freedom and have attained it but do not want their men to have that same freedom. Men need to have the courage to change fashion by wearing what they like. Unfortunately, I read that many men are for a change but I do not see many men wearing skirted garment when I go out. If you wear a skirt or a kilted skirt or a kilt in your home, get out and wear your skirt! Don’t be afraid. If your girl friend or your spouse is giving you problems with it, don’t try to avoid a conflict. Trust me, if your wife or girl friend is happy in your relationship it won’t be a problem, if she is not happy, there is something else going on.

    • I have encountered many women who HATE a man in a skirt, because such a man is “tresspassing into their monopoly.” Women raved for generations that skirts were/are a “badge of servitude,” many of these same women, seeing a man in a skirt, now they act like sow bears with cubs. UNITY CHURCH—are you LISTENING? Dallas Folk Dance Co-Op—are you LISTENING?

  27. I go out in skirts and tights never had any problems! Once had a shop girl say I had great legs and asked what tights I was wearing.

  28. I bought what I thought was a bath or after swimming wrap. It is labeled sleepwear. I started to wear it around the house. Very comfortable. Now I have 4 kilts. When I wear one out women seem to accept them more than men. The are the best thing for a man to wear if driving on a long trip. I have also seen comments about the benefits of wearing one on an a plane. The key is not to be self conscious about it. When doing work in the yard I have energy longer.Very comfortable and cool.

  29. That’s a nicely written and well balanced article, Dunja, and thanks for writing it.

    First and foremost, it’s worth noting that “skirted garments” are actually fairly common around the globe, especially in the South Pacific. It’s the types in what we term “Western Civilisation” that tend to cause the ruckus.

    Skirts make a lot of sense for guys, and not just on the grounds of anatomy alone. As a long-time skirt-wearer, I can categorically state that skirts are one heck of a lot more comfortable than trousers. Depending on length, they can even be practical everyday garments. Whilst I would avoid going up ladders in one, it’s not so much the thought of “exposure” but rather that of stepping on the hem — pure practicality. Depending on the construction of the skirt in question, they can be very cool in summer and surprisingly warm in winter — I routinely shovel snow from my driveway wearing a skirt and actually find that to be warmer than the trouser option.

    Skirts also offer something else that trousers do not — a large surface area that allows one more freedom of expression than would otherwise be available. Contemplate, for a moment, the notion of the bohemian tiered skirt — they’re very attractive and practical garments, but try translating that into trousers and one is going to have a joke in poor taste on one’s hands (or, more to the point, legs). Prints on skirts work very well whereas prints on trousers don’t.

    The other thing is that, as the saw goes, as a guy “it takes balls to wear a skirt”. If a bloke can carry it off with panache and confidence it sets him apart from the crowd around him. Confidence in this is key — if one skulks about like he’s doing something wrong, folks will pick up on that in a heartbeat; however, if he holds his head high and walks that stage with grace and force, then the world is his oyster.

  30. We are looking for support for designers and fashion houses to promote and draw market skirts and dresses with skirts designed for men , for the discomfort of pants has always been unbearable , just that most of them fellow was afraid to talk their discomfort and NEEDS. Some thought they would laugh or ridicule if the expressed its dissatisfaction and discomfort , and preferred to live with the greatest discomfort.

    The coverall or trousers was proclaimed for specific tasks , but now we have imposed this torture to the point that unequivocally is affecting the health and quality of life of men and their families.

    The pants are the least suitable garment for a man underpants boxer , acts as a splint on the genitals ( propitiating dysfunction and disabilities) , the center seam of abusive pants, bruised and uncomfortable the whole time the genitals; belt or belt acts as a tourniquet , and forces the heart to pump blood more effort ( to overcome the contraction makes the tourniquet ) , and poor blood irrigation affects : the digestive system, the urinary system, the reproductive system. In addition to the use of pants man has finished urinating standing which is totally unnatural. Skirts and dresses with skirts for men are supreme mind – HEALTHY , FRIENDLY AND COMFORTABLE . The pants , underpants set, the center seam of the pants, and belt or belt , are promoting modern diseases of men : impotence, infertility , PROSTATE PROBLEMS AND POSSIBLE CANCER TESTIS .

    No part of the male body are abused more than the genitals.

    For better health and comfort wear SKIRTS OR DRESSES WITH SKIRT

  31. Men can wear skirt if they wish. I do not get a hard on when i see a man in skirt. I do not wear skirt in public because i do not wish to be injure by men who may realise they get a hard on when they see men in skirt.

  32. I don’t need to see anymore nasty man legs than the short-shorts fad has already exposed me to. There is a much larger percentage of women with nice legs than men, and too many women wear skirts already… legs lookin’ like cased cottage cheese.

    Skirts show off legs, and flirt with the peek-a-boo and upskirt fetish, so if a man isn’t gay, he is sending the wrong signals wearing a skirt. Then again- excessive sagging also sends the wrong signals for straight men, but mostly straight men sag, go figure…

  33. I wear a skirt on hot days and enjoy the freedom ove movement and ventilation I think more men should were theme as long as it fits right and doesn’t let anything hang out. Every man should wear a skirt at the same time it may get the trend back then there won’t be as much Sarkazem. My skirt is above the ankles and looks good with a tee shirt.

  34. It’s all a matter of degree really. I wear a skirt as often as I can but otherwise wear normal male clothing – to wear too many other female garments at the same time strays into the realm of being accused of cross-dressing. I DO NOT cross-dress, ever. I wear skirts because they are comfortable, look good on me and because I can. My wife is not thrilled about it, is not pleased that I wear them out of the house and at the moment wouldn’t be seen with me wearing one. But I think that she is realising how much it means to me and is becoming more tolerant.

    To pull off the skirt wearing successfully you need to exhibit confidence for to feel anything else people will pick up on that. I feel no shame in wearing a skirt but I would wearing other traditionally female items such as a dress or high heels so I don’t wear them. If I’m not comfortable wearing them then I will exhibit that discomfort. The weather is so warm at the moment and a skirt is soooo cooooool! I wonder why it has taken me so long to find the brilliance of the skirt and why women wear them less now. Men, let’s embrace a garment that was made for us.

  35. I am a male who wears females panties and skirts. I am not gay. I find that female panties are a better cut and fit better. They are comfortable to wear and skirts give more freedom of movement. Females I have taken out or who know me have no problem with me wearing these items. A little lace feels good too. After all, a lot of females wear mens underpants too.

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