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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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47 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”

    • 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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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

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