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Monday, July 28, 2008

Since We Were Talking About Men in Skirts...



seems the idea of men in skirts is now acceptable but questions remain.
-cultural appropriation
-how the gentleman's legs look in the skirt
-what shoes to wear?
-(I can't believe I'm asking this but) above or below the knee?

Comments on "Since We Were Talking About Men in Skirts..."

 

Anonymous Designgod said ... (8:52 AM) : 

I think these guys look amazing. Especially the guy in the top photo. Very masculine. Definitely a look I couldn't EVER pull off, but these guys do. They must have testosterone for days.

 

Anonymous Amy G said ... (8:57 AM) : 

--Must have great, toned legs
--At or below knee, please....the world is not ready for men in minis.
--Except for kilts. That's a classic and ethnic look all at once, and the right guy can rock it.

 

Anonymous Mych said ... (9:14 AM) : 

It's really more of a flag, isn't it? I don't mind. I saw a man in a kilt-ish frock in Asheville, it looked all right. I'd do it myself (in ten years maybe)

 

Blogger simplyolive said ... (9:18 AM) : 

i'm not really for men in skirts!

it's just not right...unless, of course, it's a kilt.....

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:20 AM) : 

Is the man on the top picture wearing a flag? It looks like...

 

Blogger Bess said ... (9:28 AM) : 

no matter what your gender it is a real feat to make a skirt (or pants) made from yardage work at all, i.e. not bunch up or fall down. I applaud these guys for that! There was a great Met Costume Institute show of men in skirts a few years ago-- it took about 5 seconds inside to realize that the West has missed an opportunity for beautiful tailoring and sexy knees.


the top photo is great too because in the whole image you have four possible approaches to summer menswear-- making it clear that the conventional suit is so terribly impractical for hot weather.

 

Blogger The Domina said ... (9:33 AM) : 

I think the top photo works much, much better than the bottom photo. The bottom one is wearing more of a sarong, which is difficult for even women to pull off and look put together in. I also like the more structured shirt and shoes in the top photo. Oh, and definitely at or below the knee!

 

Anonymous CarolinaDivina said ... (9:35 AM) : 

i love both looks - i was struck by the usage of the belt on the guy with the tie - these looks are hot

 

Blogger feed the girl said ... (9:47 AM) : 

I absolutely love men in skirts, but I agree with an above comment... below the knee. Kilts are fine if you're in a Scottish wedding, or trying to rock a goth/punk look but I just can't go past a guy in a Samurai inspired skirt and a plain t-shirt.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:55 AM) : 

I'm a Scottish girl and love seeing men in kilts. They have to be worn properly of course. I see too many men wearing their kilts and socks too short. Not good. Good to have flashes (like garters in the US I think) in the socks as well as a Skean Dhu (the small dagger tucked into the sock). Oh, and as for what's underneath... it's what makes a man a true Scotsman!

 

Blogger Wes said ... (9:58 AM) : 

Call me a traditionalist, but I believe the skirts belong on the ladies. The only time I'd say it flies is if you're Samoan, Scottish, or in drag.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:10 AM) : 

The bottom photo looks like a Burmese longyi, still worn everywhere there by men. Looks great on Burmese, maybe not so great on big pale Westerners. With the sandals and bag, seems like he's going for the hip-tourist-in-Rangoon look.

 

Anonymous kagitsune said ... (10:14 AM) : 

Hehe, it's about time! Skirts make so much more sense in summer than shorts ever will. x3

But please, *always* at or below the knee. O_o

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:16 AM) : 

There are some great south-pacific styles in this vein that might be worth checking out--especially in the Tongan and Samoan communities. These are usually all below the knee though. The closest I get to anything like this is by wearing Thai fisherman pants....

 

Blogger Amanda Conley said ... (10:22 AM) : 

I love the top photo. The bottom guy reminds me of the rebellious grungers in highschool during the early nineties...just making a statement, and not a really attractive one.

 

Anonymous RedShoes said ... (10:22 AM) : 

Skirts??? Is this an actual discussion?

One word for men in skirts or skirts on men; unnecessary!

 

Blogger Elisa M said ... (10:50 AM) : 

At or below the knee,but not too far below the knee. I just can't see Tea Length working for a man. The legs must be toned. NO tennis shoes or Birkenstocks. Or crocs. I love both of these shots, but the one on top is just wonderful. Very interesting and well put together.

 

Anonymous concupiscence said ... (10:55 AM) : 

i'm in complete agreement with redshoes - for men, skirts are absolutely unnecessary, and trousers and pants as well, thank you very much.

joking aside, love the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the first one. to me too, the second one looks like a transplanted tradition, but not in a bad way. and, yes, men in kilts will have my eternal love i'm afraid.

 

Blogger Dan said ... (10:58 AM) : 

The man in the top photo looks great. The "skirt" is flattering to his hips and legs. I'm not ready to wear it on the street (although it wouldn't look bad on me, I think). The success of looks like this owe 90-plus per cent to the condfidence and attitude of the wearer. Sadly I don't have this much confidence.
I like the blue-green capris on the man in the background,too. That would be easy to wear.

 

Blogger Smalls said ... (10:59 AM) : 

no, no, no

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:59 AM) : 

first guy is dripping style. the skirt looks perfect on him and in no way out of place. adding the shoes without socks and the shirt and tie plays up the dichotomy of the conservative against the cutting edge. but one would have to be thin and have lots of self confidence to pull this look off. i know one man who could do that...

HOT, HOT and HOT!

 

Anonymous paisley said ... (11:02 AM) : 

I like men in sarongs and kilts. The whole issue is proportion and weight of the top versus the bottom.

The man in the bottom picture would look better if he had on a closer fitting tee and less accessories. The earrings and bag make him look like he's trying drag on for size.

The man in the top picture looks like he spilled coffee on his pants and all he can find to cover himself is a flag. His top half and shoes are much too serious for the light and ethnic sarong. I don't really understand why he dressed this way.

 

Anonymous Wilfried said ... (11:10 AM) : 

skirts for men are fashionable...
an article about thaht on the Who's Next Blog:
http://www.whosnextblog.com/welove/news-10.html

 

Blogger Observer said ... (11:12 AM) : 

When the guy is astonishingly beautiful and sexy, a skirt can look fabulous; when the guy looks like most of us, better think of something else...

 

Anonymous ronchamp said ... (11:17 AM) : 

Hmmm, skirts for men... why not?! There was a time when pants and suits on women was regarded as a ridiculous idea, but look at where we are now! Of course the cut and fit of a garment is different on men and women, so it's not as if men would be wearing women's clothes, but something designed for their anatomy and aesthetic. I wouldn't expect a man to walk around in a floral high-waisted full skirt, haha!

These two men pull off the look amazingly! I didn't even noticed the skirts at first!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:27 AM) : 

The only way that men in skirts is "not right" or "unnecessary", is through taught culture. There is nothing inherently strange or wrong about men in skirts.

As with any style, on the right person skirts on men are very sexy! They show strength and confidence and I want to see more of it!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:37 AM) : 

It's a novelty. I'm not into men in skirts; I might appreciate the aesthetic, but I wouldn't date a guy in skirt.

 

Blogger Sunshine said ... (11:44 AM) : 

Definitely below the knee, else even well intended it would look like you wanted to flash someone.

I love both pictures, they work so damned well.. I prefer the bottom one, the simple dark blue shirt with the sculpted skirt underneath works great.

The only thing is that the knot isn't all that flattering on location, it should be more to the side.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:05 PM) : 

As comfortable as it looks, I will guess a man in a skirt will not be taken seriously in society.

 

Blogger Isabelle said ... (12:14 PM) : 

WHY NOT? girls haven't had pants in all times, why should there be any rules at all? skirts (and dresses too!) are simple and elegant. and by the way, in many cases i'd say that mens legs are more like the woman ideal then the women's own legs! GO FOR IT, MEN WITH GUTS OUT THERE!

 

Anonymous lintmag said ... (12:19 PM) : 

Kilts, definitely. I agree with the at or below the knee length. I love the colors the guy in the top photo is wearing, but it is too small for such a tall fellow. The guy in the lower photo needs to get a tan and some other shoes besides those Birks if he wants to pull this off...

 

Anonymous lord sessa said ... (12:20 PM) : 

".above or below the knee?...‟ LOL... Well,I think below,don't you think? Men's knees are much more problematic than women's. Oh,but you forgot to ask : ‟With or without boxers‽ " You already know the Scottish answer to this,I presume?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:20 PM) : 

The blue baby diaper ensemble, I can do without, however, the man who looks as if he's wearing a traditional mens skirt from his homeland looks very good. Perhaps the tie makes the seriousss and elegance of the outfit stand out.

Next

 

Blogger jamesy said ... (12:20 PM) : 

Having worn sarongs, kilts, and skirts over the last 18 years, I find them a joy and comfort to wear.....when the right occasion or moment arrives. I do not kind them to be a day to day item. I have a woven metal Martin Margiela that is amazing for special occasions and a Yohji Yamamoto for going to the open market, and then there is my peice of pure fetish joy....a Jean Paul Gaultier F%&Ked-up Punk Hard rocker kilt that I wear over my leather jeans....always a head turner and a lucky outfit. GRIN.
My feeling about all this nonsense.....wear it if it makes you happy and it feels right for you.
Cheers and a stiff wind between the knees, lads!!!
Jamesy

 

Anonymous John said ... (12:22 PM) : 

Nope, never. Not a kilt, not a utility kilt, not with sandals, not with a tie, not wrapped, never a man and a skirt shall meet. No no no no no no a million nos.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:35 PM) : 

Wonderful, both of them! I especially like the way they've both paired them with something rather conservative: shirt-and-tie, navy polo.

 

Anonymous Jessica said ... (12:43 PM) : 

Have to say, when I saw the second picture posted a couple of days ago, my first reaction was, "Ick!"

On the other hand, I often like genderbending looks, especially on women. And I enjoy ethnic elements in certain looks. Why not here? Hmmm.

I found the first look here more palatable, maybe because of the unexpected yet put-together contrast between the skirt/flag and the dress shirt and tie?

I'm not really sure what to think ... but thanks for the challenge!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:46 PM) : 

never laughed when reading one of your posts. did now.
but you have a point!

 

Blogger orphan said ... (12:53 PM) : 

The man in the flag looks amazing. The look is so singular and character-driven that it puts the man in the blue wrap to shame.

 

Anonymous rednexmama said ... (12:54 PM) : 

I'm totally not opposed to men in skirts, per se. But then these men should be taking into consideration the same ideas of proportion, style, and appropriateness that any woman would when choosing a skirt. I'm sorry, but the man on top simply looks like he lost his pants and had to improvise. Too tight, too short, and NONE of the other details make the skirt make sense. And the guy on the bottom? Again, too tight through the hips, and the bit hanging down is SO distracting.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:01 PM) : 

When I lived in England and travelled often to Scotland I often went to black tie events where men, usually Scottish descent, wore Kilts. Nobody thought twice about it and I wanted to try it but as the sart pointed out, you gotta have the legs and mine are bony as can be. The same rules that women would use apply for men, it's that simple but if the look fits the body, a man can look tough and good in a "skirt" in the right culture or fashion setting of course.

 

Blogger K.B. said ... (1:20 PM) : 

And more importantly, does the guy know how to move in a skirt-like garment? For example, if he has to pick something up off of the floor, does he know to bend his knees to go down instead of just bending at the waist and revealing a lot more of the backs of his thighs (or more) than he intended?

I think it's important to consider the whole package, including the context. An ethnic skirt of some sort, meant to be loose and casual, worn beneath something straight-laced and western like, oh, say a dinner jacket and appearing at a fancy restaurant, looks absurd, but would look fine with a loose, casual shirt or a t-shirt if the person were strolling the beach. A kilt, on the other hand, with its stiff and regular pleats, looks dignified with a suit jacket and can turn up at formal affairs without raising too many eyebrows. Helps if the wearer looks like a brawny Scotsman, too.

 

Anonymous lis said ... (1:32 PM) : 

Personally, I prefer guys in pants. However, once upon a time, I dated a musician who peformed in dresses. He looked so cute stomping around on stage in his frocks and Docs. They usually hit him around the knees...which, for his legs, was the perfect length. I had to draw the line, though, when he started eyeing my closet.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:37 PM) : 

Finally, men in skirts. Love it.
On a related note, NPR had a story the other day about a postal worker trying to get the kilt added to the official postal service uniform choices. (In USPS blue, of course.) Why has it taken so much longer for men to wear skirts than for women to wear pants? What's the big deal? Both these men look great. Hooray for sexy knees!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:39 PM) : 

The guy in the blue skirt looks like he's wearing a saggy diaper. And the other guy looks like someone stole his pants while he was at the UN thus forcing him to abscond with a flag so as not to be walking around in oxfords and undies. The fact that the flag man is, in your photograph of him, being photographed by a tourist in the background speaks volumes about where our culture is vis-a-vis men in skirts: i.e. a man is a skirt is a NY freakshow to be documented for the folks back home on mainstreet--I'm guessing to laugh at, but what do I know...

 

Blogger yibram palacios said ... (1:46 PM) : 

mens starting wearing skirts...(!) fabulous actually i'm going to do my version of men skirt...kiss

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:48 PM) : 

Man in the top photo is princely. The man in the bottom photo is a bit grotesque, although the photograph itself is quite beautiful.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:54 PM) : 

I agree with what others have said; that the bottom photo has more of an American-who-just-got-back-from-vacation feel, but the top photo is pure taste. The dress shoes and the plain shirt/tie are perfect with the pop you get from the skirt. Very well put together.

 

Blogger How! said ... (1:56 PM) : 

I suspect there is a deeper wish among men for societal permission (in the west) to wear skirts than we realize. That's just a guess.

What I learned about sarongs in Thailand (since both guys are basically tying together ends to make a "skirt") is this: unless you're at the beach, sew the ends together. Understand? No flap. No risk.

As for mens legs, a little self tanning lotion goes a long way (man in lower photo.)

 

OpenID kezumi said ... (1:56 PM) : 

Heehee, I like that in the top picture someone had the same idea as you Sartorialist and is taking a picture of this man!- though no doubt he finds the cultural appropriation still as confused as I do... I don't think the western world is really ready for men in skirts yet?!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:02 PM) : 

As a scotsman I have to say there ain't nothing wrong with a dude it a skirt. As for length the highest you'd want to go is sitting on the knee cap.

I've seen some awesome full length skirt suits for guys. Absolutely stunning.

 

Blogger bDub512 said ... (2:03 PM) : 

I'm totally bored of this conversation. Not that it's not relevant. It is...academic, even. Maybe that's what is such a bore.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:12 PM) : 

i am enjoying these skirt-clad men!

the man who seems to be wrapped in a flag looks AMAZING. whew! the length of the "skirt" is perfect as well.

i am also enjoying the fact that i suspect these men don't care if narrow-minded fashionistas are judging them.

 

Blogger Jen said ... (2:15 PM) : 

Ok so men in skirts are hot in the sense that I wonder what's up there! Kinda like a kilt! But it has to be done differently obviously.
I think below the knee is best, or just showing the knee bone which on some guys look great when they're all tanned and curly haired. And nothing tight -- eew.

Ok I am starting to sound like a female chauvinist now!

 

Blogger von Frost said ... (2:17 PM) : 

first picture... not with those shoes! maybe under ankle loafers are better.

under the knee definetely, never over.
i like the surfer thai look ... that s ok

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:23 PM) : 

i would love it if people would stop worrying about gender and skirts. although traditionally feminine, can we look past tradition and embrace these men expressing themselves as they see fit? they extend beautiful silhouettes that challenge our existing conceptions of fashion and gender in a way that seems completely natural to them in these beautiful photos. that is the secret to fashion, in my eyes; owning what you wear and making other people see your point of view.

 

Blogger thevegasstyleguy said ... (2:28 PM) : 

I had an unfortunate early 90's fashion victim moment when I decided to follow The Faces' advise and wear a black floor length velvet skirt, green satin nehru jacket and a brooch to Power Tools in L.A..

We'll just say it didn't work. It didn't help that none of my friends wore skirts like we had decided! LOL!

These guys look great but not for me!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:02 PM) : 

I love the first guy's look.

That IS a flag, isn't it?

You'd see a variation of this on many white-collar professionals . Dress shirt (usually minus the tie), wrapped pant/skirt, dress shoes,

It's so handsome. Mid-knee or just below.

The guy in second picture has his lunghi knot in an unfortunate location, doesn't he? It just looks too much like a package!

-- desertwind

 

Anonymous suzanne nelson said ... (3:09 PM) : 

Interesting questions!
Cultural appropriation needs to be enacted with respect and awareness, then it can look ok on 'pale westerners'. how the gentleman's legs look is much the same as for shorts and also for women. if your legs are bare a little bit of tan can definitely improve the look. Shoes, tricky yet crucial. I guess similar to shorts unless you're wearing a skirt like a kilt that requires big thick handknitted socks. Length - at or below the knee - PLEASE. I think any man can look wonderful in a kilt. A few years ago the english chain Jigsaw produced kilts for men in plain navy or grey and i think black wool. They looked really cool. There's a man on my street in nyc who in the summer wears a kilt made out of khaki fabric. It's fabulous he wears no socks and brown sandals or sometimes short socks with high top brown leather boots.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:56 PM) : 

Men have been wearing skirts for ages until just a few centuries ago. If you look at paintings from xv century and older all you'd see are men's legs. I think we have to take back our skirts and some other clothing elements that now women wear but were meant for men centuries ago (like drapes).

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:00 PM) : 

puple skirt, maybe, just maybe
not likely but maybe after a year at the beach, sunning and swimming, this could be an option.Bold men to wear skirts yes, little guys wanting to be bold, no.

 

Anonymous jon said ... (4:03 PM) : 

can you pull this off with medium-length hair...or does it have to be short...(i'm thinking you might be mistaken for a woman if you have long hair..?)

 

Anonymous ame said ... (4:04 PM) : 

redshoes:
so, i'm curious what makes skirts "necessary" on women then?

My feelings are if you've got the required attitude to make any look your own (especially one that has such thick socialize gendered stereotypes attributed towards it) than you should rock what ever look you want... my preference knee length, with highly tailored shoes and top... sleek lines are key to this look!

 

Anonymous hm said ... (4:05 PM) : 

This kind of short skirt like thing is a common sight in southern part of india and I guess in south-east asia as well. Millions of men sport this look.

I have seen a lot of guys wearing "Lungi" (which is usually colored - printed or checks) and a plain white "Veshti" (which is considered a formal clothing). It can be worn to cover the legs or folded until knee length. You can even see guys wearing it shorter...almost like a mini-skirt :-)


Some guys just gross out with hairy legs, big paunch and tying it above the knee.

a couple of images :
colorful lungis tied at knee length:
http://flickr.com/photos/anirvan/4920969/

worn at mini skirt level :
http://flickr.com/photos/wildpixie/122505526/

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:11 PM) : 

I have to support the awesome gentleman in the longyi: His look comes across as so pure and genuine. He's stylish but his look transcends fashion that he would look fitting at Dries Van Noten, Gaultier, Margiela, Damir Doma, etc. showing or on the streets of Napyidaw or New Delhi.

The gentleman on the top pic, on the other hand, looks too gimmicky: That is a flag he's got wrapped around him, isn't it? It definitely takes loads of confidence to wrap wear a flag around your lower-half as a "skirt", but I don't think confidence equals style. And can't help but notice the cheap shoes-- that'll ruin any look every time.

--PLO

 

Blogger Alexandra said ... (4:16 PM) : 

Love it. I think the blue skirt needs to be putlled up though, it looks slouchy. And it is just a tad too long for him in the middle. Skirts, on ladies too, are all about proportion. I think these guys look hot. And skirts are VERY comfy, I wouldn't begrudge a guy a skirt any day! Lol:)

 

Blogger (0v0) said ... (4:22 PM) : 

Second guy: feels like he is faking it. Makes him look juvenile in quite a few ways. He's just not ready to take it there.

First guy: god help me. It's in the stance. And the calves. Man, you are wonderful. I would love a world with more of this. Don't stop!

 

Anonymous greendressinDUBLIN said ... (4:23 PM) : 

"I wouldn't date a guy in skirt."

well, if he could push the confidence level and wear nothing underneath, i would

 

Blogger Gabriela said ... (4:33 PM) : 

I like thinking of myself as an open minded girl, but men in skirts... in the city... Honestly! To me, unless you're in Scotland or in (or from) some Oriental country or unless you are some sort Lawrence of Arabia, it doesn't really make much sense. However, notice that those aren't literaly skirts: this sort of sarong or, as I call it, pareo, is defenetly more suitable fot men than a real skirt.

PS. The man on the first picture did nomething really interesting and that 'above knee' works well for him. LOL. He would look good with any exctavagance he wished to wear.

 

Anonymous POST-IT UP said ... (4:49 PM) : 

Great look. More of weekend thing though. Can't see myself in the office wearing a oversized hanky and a flag.

 

Blogger Heather said ... (4:58 PM) : 

Isn't that a flag skirt on the first man?

Wow.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:17 PM) : 

I really like the first skirt, but with the second skirt I believe there are cultural appropriation issues, in addition to leg and shoe issues. It certainly does have to be the right guy at the right time...my feeling is that If I passed just any guy in a skirt I'd just think that he's pretentious. But then again, I'm from the South (usa)!

 

Blogger gabardine said ... (5:21 PM) : 

Number one picked up the right shoes.
Très virile cette tenue ! J'adore.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:22 PM) : 

Hey Sart, I think there is another aspect to the whole discussion of men wearing skirts. I grew up in a culture where sarungs and lungis are the norm. These are, unfortunately, slowly being phased out with every new generation. I would not even blink seeing a South/South East Asian man wear these types of 'skirts', but it's due to cultural acceptance, geographical location and lifestyle. It is so ingrained in the culture that the men who wear them 'own' the look - there is not even the need for confidence to wear the 'skirts'; for the rest, you either need real genuine confidence with not an ounce of self-consciousness, or you end up looking like a fashion victim.

The man in the second picture looks a little uncomfortable.

 

Blogger Rob Gould said ... (5:53 PM) : 

this idea has been out there for years but how long until we see it really trickle down? men in skirts in iowa, maine, mississippi?

 

Anonymous Vikram said ... (5:57 PM) : 

I can only assume that most of the comments are from folks that have never been or lived in South East Asia, India or the any Pacfic Island.

Considering that for 1000's of years men have been wearing longhi and other wrapped clothes as bottoms there is nothing wrong with it. I do think it works best on men who have tone muscular legs so the skinny legs or the bloated legs of many westerns would not work.

It is important that it is knee length or long or then there are issues with sitting in it and most gentlemen have unsightly knees. It can't be too long as most wrapped bottoms are slim fitting and should hugs the hips and leg line and would cause restriction of movement. They do look rather bad on westerns who have more generous hips or who gather too much material at the waist.

About the cultural appropriation, I think this one case were the way it is worn is so different that it becomes a new style not mention even for Europeans one of the earliest forms of clothing was the toga and loga of the Romans.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:25 PM) : 

I think there is a time and place for men to wear skirt/ sarong... like on a beach, in Bali at a scottish wedding..
I have the same sarong as the man on the top; it is by Dries Van Noten. I wear it on beach. I don't think the the whole combo works. It is just too affected and crying for wrong kind of attention.
The bottom one works but it looks rather zen/monk/ shoe string like.

 

Blogger B. FLY AND THE CITY said ... (7:32 PM) : 

I CAN'T GET WITH IT. IT'S NOT EVEN ANDROGYNOUS, IT'S JUST BAD. WHAT'S NEXT, MEN IN FULL LENGTH EVENING GOWNS? THE LINE MUST BE DRAWN SOMEWHERE.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:05 PM) : 

I'm disappointed at how closed minded so many people are. They'd probably love seeing a woman in a skirt... in front of the stove making their dinner.

I love the first picture, but feel that the second guy's calves and feet have come disconnected from the rest of him.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:42 PM) : 

what makes it work on the man on the top is that his top-half and bottom-half are two different extremes that it works.

and yes, the great calves (and above the knee for me) helps.

I wonder, does looking ethnic help (see men accessories pt. 1—and pt.2)?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:55 PM) : 

in the early 90 me and a friend started taking to the night in plain house dresses a'la kurt cobain. all you nay sayers - let me tell you something. you have never been so comfortable in the summer time. male anatomy being what is, i would argue skirts for guys are every bit, if not more practical for guys. gaultier has done more than a few masculine ones in his day.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:44 PM) : 

To b.fly and the city:

It's fashion-- there needn't be any lines drawn. And as some other posters have mentioned, men in skirts-- not full-length evening gowns (because that is drag) are nothing new from many other cultures: it's only in North America that it's some big deal.

--PLO

 

Blogger Paris said ... (10:49 PM) : 

I think shoes are key and neither guy has managed to pull off a good solution there.

I don't work in the sort of place where I could pull off the first guy's look, but I've certainly worn variations on both pictures around the house in the summer (shoe solution: barefoot!). It's very comfortable and I could see myself doing either in a casual setting.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:50 PM) : 

I think it depends entirely on the knees and calves of the gentleman in question, the overall proportions of his body. I'm trying to dissect what makes the first one work to me and the second one not. I think it's what another said about the matching of extremes. I also like the bold colours of the skirt - looks like a flag, really. That guy is a head turner. He looks like someone who would serve up a few surprises.

 

Blogger Anthony said ... (11:27 PM) : 

skirts on men. been done. doesn't work. it's good for shockvalue but that's about it. Only time I saw a man look good in a skirt was in the eighties, this guy Vince wore a mexican blanket with a big kilt pin holding it together, black boots, black sprotcoat, white oxford and a black hat. he looked very masculine and Puruvian.

 

Blogger amy e. said ... (11:32 PM) : 

I would say men are fine in skirts only if there is a cultural connotation but the man in the first picture looks great and still very masculine.

I would note that right at the knee or below is best - not above though. And the skirt needs to have some structure to it. I'm not a huge fan of the bunched up towel look on men or women.

 

Anonymous Yoko said ... (12:35 AM) : 

The top photo doesn't really work for me; I find it unsettling to see the casual skirt amidst what would otherwise be normal business/work attire, and the gaunt/muscular leg also looks a little bit too harsh with the fitted skirt. In addition, I'm not sure what is going on with the suspenders/backpack straps (?), but it isn't right.

The 2nd man's skirt I really like, and although the look isn't perfect, the amount of soft yet not out of shape leg that is showing looks better.

I vote below the knee, and not tight fitting.

 

Blogger ginjin3 said ... (1:11 AM) : 

haha, funny question. hard to say, but from what I've seen I say below the knees. Unless you have muscular legs.

gotta have the right top too. not that i would ever sport this type of fashion but, if somebody had to i think it'll be easier to look at if they had good silhouette.

interesting how the barriers between women fashion and men fashion are slowly breaking down.

 

Blogger RichRichRich said ... (1:31 AM) : 

it's not even about being close minded...just cuz i have an opinion on it, its close minded? please...IMO they both look absolutely ridiculous...deal with it

 

Blogger Pola said ... (2:02 AM) : 

The one int he top foto looks very good, except that I don't like the matching with the shirt&tie.

The bottom one looks like a weirdo....hairy legs and Dr. Scholl' sandals?! Are we crazy? Worse dressed than an a German tourist!

 

Blogger Diana said ... (2:45 AM) : 

When I think of men in skirt, i think of Aerosmith´s Steven Tyler in the Aerosmth video:"Pink".
I remember, when I first saw that longs skirt on him, I just thought:"wow, great". But this is only entertainment.
In general I think that a skirt for men is really a cultural habit.
Kilt should stay at the scotts and lungis at indian men. Even in the city. But it would be not right, if european males suddenly started wear lungis.

 

Anonymous MissJennyJones said ... (4:02 AM) : 

When we lived in Fiji, my husband wore a lei (men's skirt) to work every day. Totally utterly masculine - I didn't like him in pants for some months after we left. Seek out pictures of the Fijian or Samoan government to see how it can look

I think below the knee (except for the kilt)

 

Anonymous ariba said ... (4:08 AM) : 

The purple skirt doesn't bother me so much as I've been used to seeing my dad in similar South Asian lungis from a young age! He lounges in them around the house, so to me both these men seem to give off a relaxed, easy-going vibe. Kudos to them for bringing in some eastern flair!

 

Anonymous VonSontag said ... (4:15 AM) : 

Nowadays, Chet Baker should be singing : "the skirt looks right, but not for me...".

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:43 AM) : 

This woman is still hoping men emancipate themselves enough that I get to see more of them in skirts, please. Sure some of them won't have nice calves. But I am happy to put up with this to see men in skirts. Stop envying girls for being able to wear something that moves when its hot in the city. Take courage and try it. And no there are no lines to be drawn. I can be feminine in trousers, no make-up and short hair. I am a woman, this isn't changed by my job or my clothes, it is what I am. I am for equality I wear what I want, the guys get to wear what they want. A man is a man no matter what he wears. If its full evening dress, so be it. Freedom of choice for everyone.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:13 AM) : 

both are worn well:

the geometry and clean-ish lines of the first are matched by his choice of crisp shirt and tie (though i'm not keen on the tie, to be honest). great legs, too, so he can carry off the shorter length.

the second is clearly a less-structured look, mirrored by his choice of sandals and cloth shoulder bag. i find the shirt colour a little mismatched, unfortunately.

both of them, however, look beautiful.

nix

 

Blogger Mark Dorison said ... (9:20 AM) : 

So for those that think this is a look that could or should be pulled off, does anyone have any link suggestions of skirts that might work for men?

 

Anonymous elizabeth kathleen said ... (9:55 AM) : 

i don't know why some of you guys dislike the second gentleman's look - i think he pulls it off flawlessly and effortlessly and the skirt does not look out of place.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:10 AM) : 

I think the first guy looks great. Nice legs, great proportion, I like the shoes.

Second guy...not so much. Too much material for a small framed guy, the knot is in the wrong place, and the pale hairy untoned legs could use a little self tanner.

A good friend's step-dad wears lungis around the house all the time; it's part of his culture and he looks comfortable and yet retains his masculinity.

I don't see any problem with men wearing "skirts". Any women knows skirts are so much cooler than shorts in summer. And there's something incredibly sexy about a guy in a kilt. Why not?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:24 AM) : 

Men in skirts ok. Shorts preferred. The gentleman in the top photo pulls it off well, since he has great legs and the rest of his outtfit is not confused. I like the formal mens shoes here. I donn't like the lower outfit which is not properly speaking a skirt at all, but an indian garment with closed but baggy legs. He looks knockkneed, undermuscled and pale. Furthermore, hair on pale skin is less attractive than hair on dark skin. So skirts, maybe, but only if they are hiking or have the figure for it. As with women, at the knee looks best.

 

OpenID cassette45 said ... (11:37 AM) : 

Without these picture for reference, I would have immediately said No. However, I think it really could work. Why not? Besides, that bottom pic has me wanting to go home and try to tie one of my sarongs up like that.

 

Blogger Rich said ... (1:27 PM) : 

It is so unfair and unliberated to say men can't wear pants! Can you imagine (or remember) the outcry if one said women can't wear pants?

So many men look good in skirts. Below the knee.

The guy in the top photo just doesn't look good. Yes, it does look like a flag.

And if you're a man and haven't tried a skirt, just remember the sensation of a towel wrapped around you after a show. It's very comfortable!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:39 PM) : 

i finally figured out why the bottom guy looked a bit off. his proportions aren't right. his shirt is too long - making him look squat (the oversize purse doesn't help). i think the guy on the top gets it right! ...at or below the knee definitely!

 

Blogger Michelle said ... (3:01 PM) : 

I don't get it.

 

Anonymous Sarah said ... (3:03 PM) : 

Full length skirt to cover the hairy legs, or get them waxed ; ) Wear a skirt, wear it properly.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:34 PM) : 

Especially with good fabric, skirts have a completely different movement at the hem on men and women--it just adds to the enjoyment of seeing people in skirts if men join in the fun!

Men who want to wear skirts, please do not worry about your legs too much. All shapes and sizes have their admirers--even skinny chicken legs are cute if you walk with confidence and joy!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:06 PM) : 

Answer:
below the knee for sure.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:38 PM) : 

thanks to paisley, who helped me understand why i don't like these looks, despite really wanting the idea of manskirts to ... be awesome

 

Blogger marie said ... (5:41 PM) : 

You can't generalize and say women are better in skirts than men, because in both instances the right answer is: it depends. The black guy looks awesome, hot and oh so manly. He just looks right, strong and great. As for the bottom guy, I think his sandals ruin the look. Even if a woman was wearing this she'd look all wrong because of those sandals. As far as men in kilts go, they are very manly.

But in any case, I think it is a cultural thing. Be true to your culture, honor your history and you'll look great no matter what! But try to fake it and be something you're not, and it won't pass. It just won't.

 

Blogger Carolyna de Araujo said ... (5:50 PM) : 

are those shoes melissa?
in a man?
wow! and he is wearing skirts?indian skirts????

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:31 PM) : 

androdgeny has been around for ages in womenswear. makes sense for this to cross over really, especially since men's fashion is becoming a lot more mainstream and accepted.

 

Blogger yibram palacios said ... (10:23 PM) : 

those guys have a super visionaire eye of fashion;i bet in a couple of years it won't look that impresive and we'll see that more often...i love it so so much

 

Blogger B. FLY AND THE CITY said ... (11:41 PM) : 

RESPONSE TO PLO

YES, FASHION IS LIMITLESS, AND YES MEN WEARING SKIRTS IN SOME COUNTRIES IS ACCEPTABLE, BUT SO IS EATING SPIDERS AND COCK ROACHES, BUT WOULD YOU DO IT, PROBABLY NOT. AND JUST BECOME FASHION AND STYLE (MORE IMPORTANTLY) IS LIMITLESS, AND FREEDOM IS EXPRESSION DOES EVERYTHING IN FASHION IS NOT OKAY. IT'S NOT THE FACT THAT A MAN IS IN A SKIRT, IT JUST ISN'T VISUALLY APPEALING WHERE AS A WOMAN IN A KARL LAGERFELD OR YVES SAINT LAURENT ANDROGYNOUA CREATION IS.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:39 AM) : 

I love the skirt in the top photo. I think the cut of the skirt in the bottom photo makes the model look knock-kneed.

 

Blogger chuly-chulay said ... (3:14 AM) : 

The first time i saw men with skirt like these was in my first travel to Bangladesh.I felt really amazed about the idea of wear that kind of skirt in summer in Málaga.So I put on one with a really nice fresh frabic on my last day in Daka.
The time of leave away the idea became when I had to go to the bathroom. You have to sit on your knees if you don´t want to put it off!.

So think about it guys ;).

 

Blogger OndrejS said ... (4:15 AM) : 

It is just my interpretation, but skirts were never ment to be worn by man in the same way they are by women. Its not a clear cut of course. A kilt is ucceptable, but honestly I think I would also supplement it with a sword... just to be sure. I think skirt can actually work very well for men as a beachwear.
From historical perspective I would focus more on a tunic. It is very elegant, practical and comfortable and it is still worn today in some places.

 

Blogger dan said ... (7:34 AM) : 

below the knee! you have to consider when sitting down. my bud was raised in Kenya as an american missionary kid and then after college while teaching elementary would wear the african type man skirt with a collared shirt or sometimes tie on Fridays instead of jeans. With his rough bearded looks and rugby player frame, sort of british accent, it all seemed nothing more than appropriate

 

Blogger Edith said ... (7:48 AM) : 

I think if the skirt is masculine enough it works. The man in the top photo--that works, but the fellow below as much as I like the fabric for its own merit, on him it looks like he bunched a table cloth and knotted it in front of his groin.

I hesitate to say ethnic types only, although I cannot really picture a pin-stripe suit skirt, I think of it comes across manly enough it can be a successful man-skirt that doesn't come across as drag.

The highest the skirt should cut is the top of the knee, any thigh that shows is all right if he is a Legionnaire, or a hooch. I would prefere hairy man legs, unless he is an olympic swimmer.

 

Blogger DC Celine said ... (8:56 AM) : 

absolutely works - as if the 100s of other commenters haven't already said that - top photo, especially. if i were still single (ok, even married), i'd fawn all over this guy for his style alone. takes guts, confidence, and all other things that make a guy a guy.

 

Anonymous Ben said ... (12:24 PM) : 

The men's skirt is, to my mind, one of the few men's garments that younger men just shouldn't attempt. With the exception of a kilt, I don't think men under 40 ever really look right in them. Also, one should always go below the knee, because the statement a man makes with a skirt is one of grounded, tactile connection to the earth, and so it is important to create a line that points into the ground. The bottom photo does this better, but I think neither men have really got the look. One should appear equally able to attend a board meeting and rock some tai chi.

 

Blogger Designs Good said ... (1:34 PM) : 

can't say i'm a fan. though the man in the 1st pick rocks it a bit better than the purple pant-eater.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:12 PM) : 

Let's start with sarongs. No leaps and bounds just yet.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:07 PM) : 

The best footwear for men in skirts. Sandals work, any type of work boot/hiking boot, but not cowboy boots, sorry W. Moccasins and many loafers.

Footwear that doesn't, any type of lace up dress shoe and the dress socks look silly. In fact nix socks entirely.

A biz trip to Portland ME recently and a fellow at the next table wearing a wrap skirt, calf length, with a linen shirt and sandals. He looked very comfortable.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:33 PM) : 

I (personally) think the bottom photo works a bit better than the top photo. I think the top looks a little strange with a tie, the straight "hem" and the nicer shoes, while the bottom to me looks more relaxed with the sandals and a polo and a nice lazily drooping wrapped man-skirt.

 

Blogger Dlayiga said ... (9:49 PM) : 

okay. i hate to be "that guy," but the man in the bottom picture isn't really wearing a skirt. a skirt has an open bottom hem, and what he is wearing is clearly closed on the bottom. it may be one long piece of fabric, but it's not a skirt. his look annoys me, in that with the earrings and all, you can tell he's just trying to be different.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:23 AM) : 

yes BUT the bottom guy needs a bronzer for them legs! Casper!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:41 AM) : 

Why has it taken so much longer for men to wear skirts than for women to wear pants? What's the big deal?

Okay, putting on my Dour Feminist Hat:

The big deal is that since men are posited at the center of the universe (not in fashion in quite the same way, but in general culture), men are never required to identify as women, but women are frequently required to identify as men--protagonists in books and movies, role models, etc. are usually male. Thus women bending gender (in predeterminedly acceptable ways) is totally normal and fine--why WOULDN'T she want to be more like a man? Whereas a man crossing over into women's territory is threatening and abhorrent--why would he do that? Doesn't he know he's weakening/demeaning/feminizing/delegitimizing himself?!

Hat off now.

I think the man in the top photograph looks fabulous, the bottom not so much. I think the "tourist just come home" look is particularly to be avoided in a case like this where cultural appropriation is always a worry--the best escape from that is to look natural, not like you're playing dress-up.

 

OpenID mDesiree13 said ... (12:45 AM) : 

I can't believe how reactionary some of the posts are!

"A MAN IS IN A SKIRT, IT JUST ISN'T VISUALLY APPEALING"

"skirts were never ment [sic] to be worn by man in the same way they are by women."

I actually think the guy in the top is HAWT -- and I think my boyfriend looks amazing when he walks around with just a towel around his waist... I am encouraging hi to invest in a sarong, I think it would look so good on him.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:33 AM) : 

I have a male friend who wears sarongs as skirts all the time- even when hiking. Acceptability comes with the character, though, and with his personality, it's not at all surprising that he chooses to wear sarongs.

 

Blogger Érica said ... (9:39 AM) : 

BELOW!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:00 AM) : 

Thank you, Dour Feminist. Even so many of the posters here who say men in skirts are ok qualify their statements with "if it's manly."

What's with the obsession over looking manly? If I'm a man, you'll generally be able to tell no matter what I'm wearing.

I happen to be a svelte man. Many items built for women, such as business skirts with clean lines, look as great on my frame as they do on professional woman models. And I don't mind that the clothes are feminine - because I'm still a man.

And skirts are tres comfy.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:41 PM) : 

Hey there b. fly and the city,

You're most definitely entitled to your preference of style, and most importantly, your opinion.

But when you start assuming that men wearing skirts would lead to mean wearing "full-length evening gowns", that's absurd. Because as you're aware yourself, sarongs, kilts and longyis and the like, have been a traditional mode of dressing for men in other parts of the world for centuries-- and I don't think it's led to wearing "full-length evening gowns ;-) So to assume if a fashion-forward man here in the western hemisphere were to appropriate "skirts" into their wardrobe, than his next step would be to wear evening gowns?

I don't think a man is any less masculine should he wear a "skirt". Nor should we appropriate or assume any connotations of drag relating to the wearing of a skirt. Both men shown look very masculine-- not at all even remotely androgynous.

You don't like men in skirts. I'm cool with that. I don't like men wearing heaps of gold chains and oversized diamond-encrusted medallians and blinged-out to the grill. But I wouldn't assume that the next step for these guys would be to start wearing a tiara (because that would be drag).

I just hope we can enjoy fashion in it's limitless incarnations, appropriations, and interpretations even if we may not find it appealing to our personal taste.

BTW, yes-- I have eaten tarantulas when I was in South America (and scorpions, crickets and beetle larvae in Asia). They're very good. You should try it if you ever have the chance :-)

Best,
--PLO

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:12 PM) : 

okay, at this point everybody knows that it's gender-breaking and that "no skirts on men" is a taught thing, but the world (at least the one we're all from) isn't ready for it at large. a totally bizarre look that doesn't work unless, as everybody has already said, you are samoan, scottish, or at the beach. period.

 

Blogger Lillian said ... (9:57 PM) : 

definitely at or below the knees and cultural appropriation!

 

Anonymous Dairy Therapy said ... (2:08 PM) : 

I love men in skirts. I've been saying so for years. There is something that so deeply accentuates masculinity when a man wears "feminine" clothing. It is very much like the allure of androgyny that happens when a woman wears masculine clothing. When done just right, it's just plain hot.

 

Blogger zom said ... (3:52 PM) : 

Burmese people always wear something just like from the second picture.Its called Longyi, Thai Pants, Shan Pants are always the fav' choice of Back-packer.

Here is the pic. i found on the net..

http://www.kiltmen.com/longyi.JPG

Great stuff, n thx for sharing us..

Anyway... Slipper and Loafer is the way to go with this style...

 

Blogger Lolita Loves said ... (4:45 PM) : 

as women were pants, men can wear anything - as long as it pleases them. it is not about transsexuality, but about androginity and emancipation- or just attention. Anyway, great photos, like always.

xoxo
M

 

Blogger Ethan M. said ... (5:36 PM) : 

I've worn a long flared double-breasted jacket with mid-thigh cuffed shorts.

Pulling off the full-leg look makes some men look amazing, so if I were to think about skirts on men, I would definitely think above the knee.

Below the knee would just make it look like you're wearing an apron, or way too little-house-on-the-prairie trans.

 

Blogger Stuff educated black people talk about said ... (10:30 PM) : 

Men in skirts? That dog won't hunt.

 

Blogger Whatever Is The New Black said ... (1:26 AM) : 

The second guy looks like he just got back from Southeast Asia. And there are plenty of men in sarongs.

 

Blogger Branquinho said ... (5:36 PM) : 

I'm pretty sure the guy on top wears Dries van Noten from a couple of seasons ago. Skirts on men....just skip to shorts....please

 

Anonymous a. said ... (5:03 AM) : 

I go CRAZY for men in skirts!!!

 

Blogger Jawaher said ... (5:59 AM) : 

Even Arabs from Oman and Yemen wear something similar like the south-east Asians. In Yemen they'd wear it out with a shirt and a blazer! In Oman its worn under the traditional white dress! My father and brothers walk around the house in a 'Wizaar' all the time, no problem!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:40 PM) : 

Personally, I can't wait for men's skirts to hit the streets! The man in the top picture is built similarly to me. If it takes a slender build to pull off the look, then sign me up!

 

Anonymous Gene said ... (7:41 PM) : 

Whose designs are the bottom photo? I really like that bag.

 

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:56 AM) : 

We tend to not accept what we are not used to. 50 years ago women had to push for acceptance for wearing pants. Here are a few links of interest. This is for a mens (unisex) mountain "kilt" (not pleated or plaid) with reviews. http://www.mountaingear.com/pages/product/product.asp/imanf/Mountain+Hardwear/idesc/Mountain+Kilt+%2D+Unisex/Store/MG/item/552031/N/0

This next one is a site that is devoted to the idea of men in skirts.
http://www.skirtcafe.org/forums/
Another site that makes skirts for women and men is macabi.
http://www.macabiskirt.com/

I think it is unfair for women to have almost total freedom to wear what they want, but men are restricted. Men who don't want to just don't know how comfortable they can be. I, as a man, would like to feel accepted wearing skirts. I have 2 kilts and several skirts and I would wear them if I felt I would be accepted. I have found skirts (somewhat full so as not to restrict leg movement) to be more comfortable than shorts in many cases. I'll admit that I am not attracted to the 2 pictures shown. There are more sites that discuss skirts or kilts for men. There is one more site for non-traditional kilts.
http://www.utilikilts.com/?page_id=28
I'll be glad when skirts & kilts gain wide acceptance.

 

Blogger Matt Beaty said ... (12:25 AM) : 

www.utilikilts.com

I live in them and swear by them as the most comfortable and functional clothing on the planet.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:52 AM) : 

the whole look is great but its not a skirt exactly it seems to be a variation of indian dhoti, specialy with those chappals. the guy seems to be uinspired from india. dhoti is on of the collest and elegant peice of draped lower. and the same peice of cloth can be draped in more than 100 variations, the end is just ur imagination.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:15 PM) : 

For some reason, when I see an American guy in a skirt I always assume that he is gay. Unfair, because I realized I never thought that about any of the guys wearing kilts at a friend's Scottish wedding and also I don't think that about Indian dhoti-wearer either. I guess in the US, it seems like the man is trying extra hard to be noticed, while in other countries the kilt, wizaar, dhoti, etc. are a norm so I don't assume that about the wearer.-Sidra

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:07 PM) : 

I have worn men's skirts (including sarongs) for 14 years and love the feeling of freedom! Guys, you don't know what you are missing until you try it! I have also worn from ankle length to mini, depending on my mood and the weather. As long as people wear what they truly like, this will come through in their attitude. Rules about what works and doesn't, is acceptable or unacceptable seem to show a lack of confidence on the part of the author as an inability to shift one's paradigm of the world. Change is a constant; welcome to the world! Neither of the above looks are my personal taste, but I think it's great that these guys have worn what they want; they don't worry about what others might think, which is true freedom.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:49 AM) : 

ok i'm totaly agree wearing skirt. Iin fact i do. i bega with paros and sarongs during summer and it's very confortable. The people are shocked at firts momment but you`re not stoling, the attitude wearing skirt is your best defense, nothin' is wrong.
I accepted al clothes as a possibility except a Bra(in my case).
where is the diference between a man leg or woman?
We could accept earrings on men, then a skirt a par of tghts are easier.
As a men i used tights cycling, why can´t be used dressing usually.
The skirt is the same, have you tried teh skort (half skirt, half short) where is teh line.
Don't ask permission to wear what you want?
If you don't care people, doesn't matter

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:59 PM) : 

Skirts for men? I think that's okay. I think it is comfortable for men, and the first picture shows that it is absolute great how men can look in a skirt. The second picture... well it is about the taste.

I don't want to say anything about the length, I think that should be in hand of the men, it is a personal taste and is related on the situation and climate anyway. the only thing I would recommend: Men, when waering a mini-skirt, please use underwear, and maybe a pantyhose if necessary.

If you like to look for trends, upcoming Spring/Summer-collection are filled with the men's skirt trend. And there is no limitation what kind of skirt.

My own personal point of view: I couldn't understand why men always were waiting for a public discussion what they want to wear. Men: Just do it, it is okay, you'll see.
I cant wait to see more men in skirt on the streets, by the way:
Most men looking terrific in skirts!!!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:51 PM) : 

Hum, wearing skirts for almost 20 years, even at work. No problems at all.
Skirt does not have a gender or sex, but some people can't understand.
If you can post just one little serious reason why men should not wear a skirt, just like women wearing pants, let me know that because since 20 years I was unsuccessful to find this person.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:01 PM) : 

I don't want to talk about comfort, health, lightweight clothes for men etc., no!
I want to tell all people, particulary men which don't know about a skirt and the feeling, because they never tried to wear a skirt/kilt, never wore it:
Wearing a skirt/kilt - it is like riding a Harley, the feeling of life, freedom, highest comfort for the body. A Harley is not just a motorcycle, and a skirt is not just a kilt.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:18 AM) : 

Often I wished that men should have more variety in way of dressing, and now it looks like that the skirt could be a new garment for the man. Congratulation, very well.

But same is discussed how the length should be for men. Why? I think that men should try it first, than it could be discussed. For some reason some comments are from men who never tried a skirt before or saw it in real, but have already an opinion - nothing else than prejudges. It is like seeing a picture about a new car, not knowing what is about, what motor, mpg's, what spec's but saying never I'll drive (or want to see) this car.
Very strange.
Just recently I heard in a comment about men's skirt's this: "Just true men can wear a skirt!" Think about.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:36 AM) : 

Nothing wrong with men in skirts! Equality and liberalism movin' forward. Picture 1 looks great, very comfortable pic. 2.
Don't talk about length yet, men should be free to wear what they want, first let men wear skirts in public as all day dress and we'll see.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:32 AM) : 

Can't go with this question 'are we ready...?' Men can wear what they want. Skirt? Dress? Isn't it an old idea? So what?
Did men ever ask what we are wearing? Give men the possibility to expose. I think skirts looks great on them. Have seen recently some men wearing short skirts and they looked awesome. This guys could throw away their pants.
Just let me know what men are doing in winter.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:38 PM) : 

Isn't it wonderful that men have the possibility to wear others than pants, finally?
About length? All what's appropriate, but don't set restrictions yet, because men should find their way.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:57 PM) : 

I can't see anything wrong with a men in a skirt. It just will remind me that our world is already too sexualized, but people don't see that.

Recently I noticed that more men wearing occasionally skirts, and looking great in it. Congratulation to this men!!
If I would be a man I would wear it as an everyday garment because of comfort for male body.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:36 PM) : 

i think that men shouldn't be able to wear skirts unless they shave.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:23 PM) : 

I would go for men wear skirt or even mini skirt that look very cool with sexy legs - it doesnt mattter if you wear with or without tights with skirt -- tight tight and skirt that give you extra sexy, I do wear tights, mini skirt and pump shoes or boots that normal clothes plus it really to get cool when it hot weather - it time to change for men fashion as its still 21st century.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:50 AM) : 

Hi everybody;
What we are talking about is men in skirts or even dresses. Why does men have to explain what they want to wear? I think thatis not right. To dresses propper does not mean it has to be a suit or pants, everything is okay if men coming up as manly men.
Do we ask out counterparts what we should wear, what we have to wear, what we want to wear? Yes, we did it, 40 years ago. But time is running and we have to adapt ourselves to an every day new future.
I know some are not be able to do so, but as well educated people we shouldn't stay stubborn at one pointed place in kind of a new way of dressing men.
I NEVER could hear a clear explanation why men should not wear a skirt or dress, for example, I always read/could hear the same old, really boring words like 'men should not...., a men has.....'. What is about men's creativity, innovation, flexibility?
ana

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:06 AM) : 

I love the idea of men in skirts. With cross-gender dressing and all I can't understand why it isn't more prevalent. Rox.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:27 PM) : 

Finally, lately I could see few men in skirts. Pretty short, but pretty sexy too.
But with their shoes? One guy I saw wore short jeans skirt with black pantyhose and black Army-boots. I don't know. Does men have better shoes like this.
Dene

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:33 PM) : 

I want to add some to the last posted comment: The skirt and the dress was and is today still a sign of intellectual maturity, power, influence and strength, and that is the reason that today priest, lawyers and judge still use (wear)its gown[s].
Pants symbolize simple people or soldiers, and were carried by men and women. Women wore it invisible under long dresses, just men wore and wearing it without covering: A relic from the French Revolution.
Conclusion: A skirt is not just a garment of women nor does it symbolize a women, it is just worn more by women in western societies. That fact.
So what men should do is showing up with their strength, influence [if they want to] but never say anymore a skirt or dress might be a sign of weakness. Opposite is correct!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 PM) : 

There is not much to add anymore. There is also no question at all that men can wear skirts. So why men still so shy to present a little bit more of their body? Are they afraid? I can't believe it. Guys, come on and wear your skirt!

phyll.7

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:58 PM) : 

"Real men wearing skirt" - I could read that in different postings/websites. My question is now: Where are the REAL men? Diskussing yes or no, wearing a skirt.
What could be wrong? Just talk/writing about does not help to make a decision. Only courage will help, but I did not see any encouraged men -except in Washington State, there are some thousands around.
Okay, I want to seethis men!! Now!!
moHow

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:37 PM) : 

I'm in Fl and I just went skirt shopping. I was wearing a white shirt, tie, black blazer, black knee length skirt, off black stockings and loafers. Quite well dressed because I wanted the store clerks to see exactly what kind of skirt I wanted and how I would be wearing it. I hardly got a second glance from anyone.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:57 PM) : 

I am going with the new fashion trend for men, finally something different to wear.
It is sad that we have to discuss if it is appropriate for men to wear skirts and dresses. Did we discuss was is appropriate to wear for women? It's a pitiful sign of in-equality of sexes. And some men and women do not see the reality what is really going on with that.

Of course, men can wear skirts and dresses, and I am not looking in the past when they did it, just use a little bit common sense and everybody knows that there is no better wardrobe available which fits best for males body shape. So, why the questions? What is more important, health and comfort in contrast to old fashion imagination? Can't wait to see some answers to my question.
Martin

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:56 AM) : 

I'm a man, and I'm ready for it. I think it makes a lot of sense, and much cooler than shorts in hot weather (I've tried wearing one already and loved it).

I hope this catches on big time. Tear down those walls!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:14 PM) : 

I was force fed feminism at university, and kind of as a reactionary thing, I started wearing skirts occasionally then. Found out that I actually like it quite a bit. I haven't it done it much since, as my wife and kids don't jive well with it, but I think about it still, and would do it again if I wasn't worried about how my employers/neighbors/etc would react. I really hope this becomes a new social norm,and we can all just start wearing what we want. It is an irritating double standard. I mean, ladies wear ties to my office sometimes, but if I were to come in with a skirt on, I'd be shown the door.

 

Anonymous Nigel said ... (8:53 AM) : 

I wear skirts and have done for some time. I find blokes gear to be unimaginative and tedious. I'm sure the fashion retailers just roll out last summers/winters clothes again for new new season. Designersn (like Marc Jacobs) seem to be trying hard to popularise the idea - but the high street just ignores it all and puts out the same drab nonsense yet again.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:36 PM) : 

FREEDOM! COMFORT! MEN WEAR KILTS!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:35 PM) : 

I am a daily skirt wearer. In public, at church, at work - no problems at all.

If a guy is worried that someone might see him in a skirt he lacks the individuality to be a real man anyhow.
People like men in skirts, and if you feel confident with it, just wear YOUR skirt. Just encurge yourself, be creative and innovative and go with that you like - there are no barriers.

It’s all inside your head. Do your own mental surgery. Assist your spouse with the same. Then, get out there with your newly found freedom to think & choose for yourself.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:14 PM) : 

MEN DON'T BE AFRAID.
Show up with your courage, your strengths and go with skirts - or kilts, which are skirts, too.
We are waiting for this guy's.
Tam

 

Anonymous val said ... (10:54 AM) : 

I don't belive men should wear skirts at the moment...since I think that people aren't really ready to understand the fact that they can do that...moreover, if they start wearing skirts, they should shave, because otherwise it looks disgracious...anyhow, I respect those men's courange...

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:05 PM) : 

I believe in that a moment when men should wear skirts never will come..... or this moment is around the corner in this moment when men just doing it. That is the secret of any success.

Waiting for a "right" moment is waiting forever - just the courage to do something special will count.
martinus

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:40 PM) : 

You might be right with your beliefs. The main problem is still that men do not recognized that they have more options to wear something different. It is the easiest way to wear pants everyday.
WHAT EVER WILL BE THEIR CHOICE - IT IS IN EVERBODY'S 'HAND' TO WEAR WHAT THEY WANT.
When starting to listen what other people will think about they never will maqke an own decision.
Don't complain, do what you want to wear, and you'll be fine with that ..... i\f you are confident with it.
There is no reason why men should not wear what they want, they have the same rights like we do have - men are the same wonderful creatures like women!
mara

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:25 PM) : 

Ok guys, I'm male, slim build, & I wear skirts if & when I feel like it. I have mini's, midi's & floor length skirts. there may be some who think I am gay, but I can assure you that I am not. There are women I know who think I look good in skirts. I wear them to work, and for casual occasions. Some occasions I will wear jeans not to offend people. I am 60 years of age and find skirts cumfortable.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:06 PM) : 

Guys looking amazing in skirts - unfortunately most men don't know this fact.
Running in a herd and be a stereotyped part of the mass is easier, indeed, but for sure not that what people expecting from men.
So, nothing can be wrong, we also talking about equality, so what? Solution: Men step out of the mass, go individually, show up and express yourself - as man, and if you are feel for freedom - skirted.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:04 PM) : 

There i nothing more comfortable for a man than skirts. I waer skirts for all occasions, even for formal (floor length with jacket or blazer). Never a bad comment at all, just very positive talks, and my wife supports me fully. Our kids actually don't care what I am wearing.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:43 AM) : 

I time I thought the idea men wearing skirts and dresses are absurd. After I saw some men in skits and one in a dress I changed my mind. Skirts and dresses are really looking good on some men (maybe it isn't for all men), they really very handsome in a long skirt or a skirted suit - fantastic!
Tracy

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:42 PM) : 

The skirts on men thing involves an immeasurable amount of twisted thinking on the part of those opposed to it. For example, read Susan B. Kaiser on the subject!! There is a female faction that will stop at nothing to arrogate skirts to themselves; whereas, when skirts were compulsory for women, they raved about skirts being a "badge of inferiority." Trousers for men are a badge of inferiority when viewed from the standpoint of we HAVE to wear them. My experiences with DFW area churches claiming they are open to all is they are NOT! They accept gay men, but bar straight men in skirts. As a Canadian fellow said back in the 80's in Macleans Magazine---"I am definitely a man in a skirt, AND THAT IS A VERY THREATENING THING." Who is most at fault for prejudice against men having choices? It's a no brainer! P-S-Y-C-H-I-A-T-R-Y and the mental "health" (social conformity) movement with their slander terms "transvestism" and "cross dressing."

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:25 PM) : 

All you guys - loving skirt? Great, go with it. Lve to see it, makes the world more colorful. Nothing wrong with it.
Dama

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:46 AM) : 

Yeah b fly the line must be drawn somewhere.

should have been drawn with women wearing mens pants.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:16 PM) : 

I think the men’s-skirt wave is rolling and becoming bigger. Watch the new men’s collection for Fall/Winter 2010 and you’ll be surprised. http://www.givenchy.com/
Go to men’s fashion, fall/winter 2010, ready to wear. You’ll see more than the half of presentation are skirts for men. Men will wear tights with the skirts, skorts are also offered. That’s great….. but so far I could see, all in black.
martinus

 

Blogger Terry Skirt said ... (7:36 PM) : 

I've been wearing skirts and kilts for years and think they are so comfortable and stylish. I prefer long skirts like a broomstick (crinkle) skirt for relaxing around the house. I also wear long, black skirts to concerts and festivals and have received many positive comments. The best is wearing a three-tiered skirt to a Contra Dance - so much spinning and twirling! I have a blog at http://skirtingintothefuture.blogspot.com/ to offer support and share fashion tips for guys in skirts.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:56 PM) : 

Men in skirts!!!! As much abomination as women in trousers. Just a moment, when did anybody object to women wearing trousers or call them 'transvestite' and 'queer' or otherwise put them down?

But that's women copying their male superiors under feminist encouragement, so confirming masculine superiority.

Men wearing skirts, that's equality with their female 'inferiors', so to be laughed at, and 'feminists' the first to do so condemning anything thought traditionally 'feminine' so inferior for men as inferior for women too.

We will only get absolute equality between the sexes when women stand up against 'male chauvinism' and 'feminism' ordering to believe all things traditionally 'masculine' superior and stop despising men who do not despise women.

Individuals had that equality 40 years ago between each other, but 'feminists' came on the scene with their belief in 'traditional' 'patriarchy' and rejection of the equal responsibility that "Women's Liberation" faced them with depriving them of the benefits of playing traditional feminist 'feeble female'.

There is no way that 'feminist' indoctrination of most women will allow them to accept men as 'equal' enjoying the same clothes as them for the same reasons, in preference to the rapists hostile to all things 'feminine' that feminists envy and despise men if they do not despise women as much as feminist do and respect women as equal human beings, even to behave and dress like them.

No way can the feminist reaction against equality tolerate men not despising all things they think of as 'feminine' as much as they do!

Why don't we otherwise see far more women running to respect the man in a skirt and to tell 'macho man' to sod off to the men he obviously prefers, instead of 'feminists' ordering women to feel inferior unless they take 'macho man' as their example and follow his misogynist uncaring self-obsessed primitive animal instinctive sub-humanity?

 

Blogger Jean said ... (9:19 PM) : 

I prefer men wearing a kilt like skirt. As far as length it all depends on how tall the guy is. I do not see any problem for men with skirts 2 to 3 inches above the knee if the wear a A type skirt like a kilt like skirt. In that case the guy should wear some nice manly boots with nice socks. A tall guy should not go above the knee. I think pleated skirts are better for men. I think keeping a classic look helps

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:37 PM) : 

Always the fashion designer have proposed in the runways around the world the skirt for man and also tights. Many online store offer this clothes for us . I dont knows whats is the problems with that. We live in the democratic cultures , most dictatorship rules like fashion is democratic . We have rights to choose to wear.

 

Blogger BlueSky said ... (12:34 AM) : 

yoga anyone?

 

Anonymous Trung said ... (3:40 PM) : 

I saw this photo in your book, and was extremely curious: Is that a photo of Kobe Bryant? There are no implications in the comments, which is surprising given the similarities! (Pg 32 - Milan, July 2008)

 

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