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How about a skirt? Could I as a man wear a skirt?


The existence of utility kilts with their non-defined designs is already part of the answer, so YES, under circumstances you can. And why should a kilt or kind of kilt be the only possibility?

In fact, the first Utilikilt, the Original Standard, was technically a skirt, even if called a kilt. It didn't have a front apron, but was closed by means of a zipper on the front, like jeans, and was pleated all way round. A hybrid, if you like, of a kilt and a pleated skirt. Soon after they launched the Utilikilt New Original, but for some years you had a choice between the “skirt” and the “kilt”.


The Utilikilt Standard was pleated all way round, and was closed by a zipper on the front


The reason I address skirts on a kilt site is, that we kilt wearers might benefit, if just (more) men would wear skirted garments whatsoever - provided they would wear them as MEN and in a MASCULINE way - thereby contributing to break down the conception that a man cannot wear anything but trousers.

Some men do wear skirts already. And even more should do, no doubt, and more often, were they just men enough. You can tell from men-in-skirts forums in English, German, French, and other languages. And I’m not talking cross dressing, transgenderism and the like, but men you might otherwise characterize as just as normal as are women, who, today as a natural thing, are wearing trousers, not possible less than 70 years ago.

Even some kilt wearers will wear skirts. On otherwise strict kilt forums members are revealing that sometimes, for example on a hot day or when walking in the hills or woods, they prefer wearing a skirt rather than a kilt, or they could imagine wearing one. Or just for variety they will and, I presume, with the intention of still appearing manly.

After all, men in skirts are per se not contrary to nature. Men have earlier been wearing skirted garments, without being accused of being or appearing femme. In some parts of the world they still do. Jesus never wore trousers, Socrates didn’t. When Emperor Augustus declared that the “World” should be counted, Roman men and boys were wearing mini-skirt looking tunics or long dress-like togas. The Roman Empire was built by men in skirts. Trousers were not invented with the purpose of having men look more masculine but because trousers were more practical for a lot of tasks, those being fewer in today’s world.


Men in 'skirts' built The Roman Empire

Fashion designers are positive: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Yamamato, Dries van Noten, Kenzo and you name it. Every season men in skirts and dresses are presented on the catwalk. So far, however, without the fashion industry being convinced to give skirts a try, exceptions being H&M and Zara, having between 2000 and 2016 a couple of times been selling skirts for men, even if rather half-heartedly and with designs hardly persuading men into them.

But imagine how the fashion and clothing industry should be booming, could an entirely new product market suddenly come into existence, comprising half the population.  
To make it happen, a critical mass of men demanding manly skirts and them brave enough to wear them is needed.

The really big obstacle is that men are feeling they might sacrifice their manliness, should they wear a skirt. Well, women did not lose their feminism by wearing trousers. Why should it be different if a man was wearing a skirt? It all depends on the men wearing it and how he is doing it. 

And it must be said that by far not all skirt wearing men are making it easier to make men in skirts big scale a reality. Around twenty years ago we witnessed something that could have been the start of a movement, David Beckham was seen wearing a sarong, on stage many musicians were performing in skirts and kilts, some men’s stores were selling man skirts and rapidly growing forums or message boards, as they were called, emerged on the internet.

But the movement lost momentum as it soon got split up into three segments, each fighting each other: kilts only, skirts only - but a strict manly way; and the third, problematic one, everything female allowed, this of course being contra-productive regarding making “ordinary” men accept skirts.  
As a consequence, a Californian lawyer, known as WDP, introduced the definitions MUG, Bravehearts and Freestylers.

MUG means Manly Unbifurcated Garments, being they “kilts, kilt variations, men’s skirts (later just manly skirts), sarongs, and other male unbifurcated garments”.
Men, wearing such garments, were Bravehearts, in opposition to Freestylers who had no longer an interest in appearing manly and would wear and prefer every female garment over men’s clothes and shoes. Some of these did it due to “necessity” of course, but others by “choice”.

We should all respect, whatever the reason and whatever they are called, that some men must – by necessity - wear female attire and appear female to feel right. They have their own agenda which, however, should not keep other men from wearing skirted garments – a manly way.   


To me nothing compares to a kilt. But I do believe in the Braveheart concept, that appearing manly in all kinds of appropriate skirted garments is not even possible but also is the way ahead.

Therefore, please consider the following to be “skirts the Braveheart way”.

Man or male skirts

Male skirts are to buy

Small enterprises are already making and marketing them. However, they generally have never obtained much success in the market place. For that more factors may be responsible:

1. Man skirts tend by design to be more feminine than are kilts, including utility kilts (or are just perceived that way, because called skirts). But of course they must resemble many skirts for women, how else could it be? Due to the limited demand they are also more expensive than are ordinary skirts. Accordingly they may get stuck in the middle between utility kilts and just skirts from the women's departments.
2. Enterprises making and marketing male skirts are often not innovative enough. The skirts being not optimal in the first place, thereafter we see no product development and home pages which are in no way kept updated.

3. The knowledge of the availability of man skirts is insufficient. 

But there are positive exceptions: 


Hiatus, a French company is making some nice skirts for men. The Hiatus Company does a lot of promotion, has many models of skirts, and judged from the photos; they have put emphasis on comfort, design, and sewing quality. Their prices seem fair and at any time you can explain to people asking, that you are wearing a male skirt or kind of skirt made for men. 

Hiatus Cow-Boy

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Compared to most utility kilts they have just taken it a step further. The design is much cleaner and without all the - to me annoying - metal buttons seen on most utility kilts. And the pockets are less dominant. In that respect the Hiatus skirt is, in fact, closer to the traditional kilt than are utility kilts. Due to the few pleats it may also be easier to maintain.

To men, wanting a skirted garment to wear out of a Scottish heritage context, the Hiatus Skirts might might be worth considering.


In 2015 American SkirtCraft launched a skirt. It started out to be a man skirt, but eventually the company decided to position it as a unisex thing. By looking at the pictures it seem rather obvious, however, that men are the primary target group. But of course women can wear this skirt, too. The boyfriend look has been part of women's fashion for years.
To me the design looks excellent, being clean, nevertheless distinct, and in no way femme.


The Skirtcraft skirt

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Manly skirts - designed for women

A traditional kilt can at all times be explained and understood. And so can a utility kilt, even if not always to the same degree. With a man skirt you at least can claim it to have been made for men, but if you take the step to a skirt from a women's store your reasons might be less comprehensible.  


If you decide upon a skirt, the fabric should probably be rather coarse, like denim or cotton. Light weight fabrics tend to look femme. A "manly" colour (blue, black, grey, olive, khaki etc.) should be preferable. Also the skirt should not have too many details, meant only for decoration. 
Pockets are really fine, and so are belt loops. If the skirt is closed a fly should be on the front, like on jeans, rather than on the back or to the side. Also wrap skirts may be usable, but they seem to be seldom these days, except as mini-kilts. 

The length of a skirt can always be discussed. Probably a good length is just above the knee (like a kilt) or a bit shorter. If too short you'll have problems when sitting and with decency. Due to anatomy a man's skirt cannot possible be as short as that of a woman. If long, the comfort argument cannot be used. 

A wide skirt (A-line, wrap and/or pleated) is much more comfortable than is a pencil or otherwise narrow closed skirt.

Men might without major problems - at least when among strangers - wear for example denim skirts made for women, provided anything else looks definitely manly, including the aura of the wearer himself.


Such skirts are to find; but perhaps not in your size.  Be aware that clothes meant for big size women seldom look smart and often are extra feminine to compensate for the size.

A skirt specifically made for men might thus be the better choice, even if more expensive.  

To consider

When shopping for a skirt in a women's store, should you, if asked, dare tell that you are looking for a skirt for yourself?
If not, forget about skirt wearing.

Should you dare trying on a skirt before buying it? Supposing the store is selling women's garb only, should you dare, ask permission to use the fitting rooms?
If not, how likely is it that you should ever wear that skirt outside?

Having bought the skirt, what about wearing it in public?
No doubt, a wide and short skirt is extremely comfortable. Now, comfort is not just a psychical thing. It is also about how you should be feeling walking around in a skirt. Unsecure?
A kilt might be the better choice. 

After all, wearing a skirt where no one knows you shouldn't cause you much trouble, if any. People might look at you; some shall give you a second glance, but one minute after they'll have forgotten it. The world has become extremely tolerant – or just couldn’t care less. That is what skirt wearing men will claim. But that does not mean that it has been accepted!

Now, should you, wearing a skirt, meet your boss or a colleague or friends of yours, what then?
Being seen by people knowing you is quite another thing than walking among strangers. Those knowing you may have difficulties in understanding you, even if you are doing your utmost to explain it to them. It is much easier with a kilt. What should your wife say? Or your children?

When in a skirt, stand up to it, however. It has been your decision, your choice.

Never try to excuse that you are wearing it.
Never look guilty or like had you a bad conscience. It is not a crime.
Show to the world that you are man enough to pull that skirt.

If you feel you have to keep it a secret, just don't wear one!
How wonderful should it be, should you have to sneak in and out of your own home in order that your neighbours should not see you in a skirt? Or worse, that you must change clothes after you have left home, and again before arriving home?
It is much easier with a kilt.

But if you really want that skirt, whatever your reasons, buy it and go wear it. 

Do I need to say, forget about high heels, shaved legs, thin transparent tights, and other items connected with women’s wardrobe?
It takes more than a proper skirt to appear femme, but not that much more!

If and when wearing a regular skirt, make yourself a good ambassador for men wanting variety to their wardrobe; not for those – the freestylers by choice – just thinking a female appearance is making no difference and are dressing accordingly. It does make a difference. And it is contra productive regarding bringing “normal” men into a skirted garment, whether a kilt, a kilt variation, a man skirt or just a manly one.
I think that most men, putting emphasis on a manly appearance should not go any further than to the man skirt or be really selective when looking for a regular skirt. In most cases, however, better leave women's skirts to the ones they were intended for - and to men having no other choice. And if or when wearing a regular skirt, make sure your appearance is otherwise strictly manly. But again, that's my opinion.   


When in a regular skirt, stand up to it. It has been your choice...wear it with confidence

... even if it cannot beat the classic kilt.




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