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Can a man, without violating his manly appearance, wear a skirted garment, other than a kilt? The existence of utility kilts with their non-defined designs already is part of the answer, so YES, under circumstances he can. Also it should make no sense, should the traditional kilt or a kilt at all be the only possibility.

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

MEN and skirts

Contrary to the kilt a skirt is almost per definition connected with women; is the symbol of women. And despite women's liberation and gender equal rights it is in general still considered humiliating for a man to wear female garments.

Accordingly men seem to prefer wearing a kilt rather than a skirt; even if you might hardly be able to tell the difference.

Another major reason may be that men are afraid of being considered something they are not, like being transsexual, transvestites or cross dressers because of wearing a skirt.

A demand for kind of skirts does exist, however - from what you would call "normal" men. You can tell from kilt and skirt forums in English, German, French, Spanish and other languages. Some of these men are also kilt wearers; they just want more options.

A man in a skirt is per se not contrary to nature. Men have earlier been wearing skirted garments - without being accused of appearing femme. 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. Trousers were not invented with the purpose of making men more masculine, but because they in connection with tasks to do, were more practical.


Men in 'skirts' created The Roman Empire

 

A skirt for men does make sense. Just have a look at this simple matrix:

What would your logical answer in the cell with the question mark be other than A man?

A skirt - like the kilt - is in far better accordance with the manly anatomy than is any kind of trousers. Further explanation should be unnecessary. And the tasks or working situations where trousers are the obvious choice have become a lot fewer than when trousers replaced men's "skirts".

Women can wear whatever they want without harming their gender identity. Why should it be different with men?
Only about 60 years ago we men lost our monopoly on trousers. Not until then they became an addition to the normal female wardrobe; today they make the base. Not until then women had ever in history been wearing trousers!

We men never got back the right to wear “skirts” again.

Fashion designers are positiveJean-Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Yamamato, Dries van Noten, Kenzo and you name it. So far, however, without the fashion industry being convinced to give skirts a try.

An exception is a big chain like H&M which a few times has launched skirts for men, even if rather half-heartedly. The chain Zara launched a "skirt" for men in 1915 and 2016. With a few exceptions only available online, however.

Someday a break through might come, but obstacles exist:

Not all men are taking skirt wearing the right direction
Some 15 years ago a Californian lawyer and kilt wearer, known as WDP, defined two segments of men in skirted garments: Bravehearts and Freestylers:

Bravehearts

Freestylers

Men wearing kilts, kilt variations, men's skirts, sarongs, and other male unbifurcated garments.

In 2010 WDP included manly skirts (even if not specifically designed for men) in his MUG-definition.

No boundaries.

In the meantime they have moved towards what most people should call transvestism and transgenderism.


 

Statement

We all know that there are men out there and have always been who do feel a need to looking like women and/or are finding pleasure in buying and wearing women's garb - clothes, hosiery, shoes etc. - or they want living out a feminine part of them, appearing female or even disguising themselves as women.
   It is all totally harmless and even if these men disturb our cause we should accept and respect their way of living.
   As they have no wish to appear manly, neither would they want manly skirted garments, this page and site is NOT intended for them, however. Nevertheless they are most welcome to read on, should so they wish.
 


This could lead us to elaborate a little bit on the WDP model:

Bravehearts

Freestylers

Men wearing kilts, kilt variations, men's skirts, sarongs, manly skirts, and other manly unbifurcated garments.

By Necessity
Transsexuals
Transvestites
Crossdressers
Etc. 

By Choice
Men going too far without having a need to and perhaps by mistake.

I'm a kilt wearer, and to me nothing compares to a kilt. But I do believe in the Braveheart concept, appearing manly in appropriate skirted garments.

Shall men ever become accepted to the full in other garments than trousers,
the condition is mass produced skirted garments, available in every men's department - exactly like trousers are to find in all women's stores. And to get to this point, men must show an interest in such products, helping the fashion industry bringing them from the catwalk into the men's stores and from there into the streets. And not only an interest; they must also wear them as men - the Braveheart way, and not as crossdressers and men disguised as women. To achieve the critical mass more freestylers-by-choice appearing manlier might be helpful.  

No doubt freestylers-by-choice will often make the mistake of overrating their own personality or charisma; making them believe, they are able to wear not only a skirt but also several more items normally connected with the female wardrobe. But this is for the very, very few. Most men should rather accept that with the skirt itself they have used up their quota. To most it might even be a good idea to combine the skirt with items more masculine than they will normally wear, like heavy shoes; with the purpose of obtaining a better balance.  

Some years ago you could see pictures of David Beckham wearing a skirt, but probably no one started to take him for a transvestite or questioned his sexual preference etc. He had it.

We can learn a lot from the women. When they started wearing trousers they never tried looking like men. It was never their objective, neither short nor long term. They wanted trousers as an option, but their own ones, designed for them. For decades after they would also keep their own shoe style and hosiery. And they never tried to get men's hairy legs. Why then do obviously so many men believe that with a skirt they must wear heels, nylons and shave their legs? Honestly, are men's hairy legs that ugly? Could you imagine a 007 with shaved legs? 


1. Man or male skirts

Male skirts are to buy

Small enterprises make and market them. However, they generally never have 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 the utility kilts; and no wonder. They must resemblance many skirts for women, how else could it be? Due to the limited demand they are also more expensive than ordinary skirts. Accordingly they may get stuck in the middle between modern 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 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

One of them being Hiatus, a French company making 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 Kilt

Kilt purists shall without doubt claim that a kilt must have a lot of pleats on the rear and no ones on the front. But this one is marketed as a skirt. The name kilt probably is due to the fact that it is a wrap skirt.
  
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.


 

Hiatus Cow-Boy

All photos on this page showing Hiatus Skirts are property of Hiatus.com and published with perrmission of the company. Copyright © Hiatus.com.


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



SkirtCraft.com


American SkirtCraft has in summer 2015 launched their first skirt. Prior to that a lot of testing has gone on regarding design, fabric and color, in order that the skirt should be in accordance with men's idea of a skirt they might wear. Even if SkirtCraft decided to position it as a unisex skirt, it is by looking at the pictures rather obvious 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.

The Skirtcraft skirt

All photos on this page of the SkirtCraft skirt are property of SkirtCraft.com and shown with perrmission of the company. Copyright © SkirtCraft.com.

To me the design - being clean, nevertheless distinct looks excellent, and in no way femme. And so does the craftmansship.

 

Hiatus (F); SkirtCraft (USA);  AndersLandinger (D); Amok (CH)


2. 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" color (blue, black, grey, olive, khaki etc.) should be preferable. Also the skirt should not have too many details meant only for decoration.
Pockets are 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.
  

Buying a manly skirt
Go to a women's store and look for one. If you are asked, tell what you are up to. If you don't dare, forget about skirt wearing.
Having found a suitable skirt, try it on before buying. You may have to ask permission if the store is selling women's garb only. If you don't dare, how likely is it that you should ever wear that skirt outside?

Be aware: It might be difficult to find appropriate skirts. Big sizes seldom look smart.

 

How should it be to wear a manly skirt in public?

That is for you to find out. Compared to wearing jeans and shorts it shall be different, much different. No doubt, a wide and short skirt is much more comfortable. Now, comfort is not just a psychical thing. It is also about how you should be feeling going around in a skirt. Unsure? A kilt might be the better choice.

Wearing a skirt where no one knows you shouldn't cause you much trouble, however, if at all. 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. That is what skirt wearing men will claim. But that does not mean that it has been accepted.

Should you meet your boss or a colleague or one of your or your wife's friends, what then? To be seen by people knowing you is quite another thing than being among strangers. To them you are an interesting person and someone your family and friends care about. They 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.

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 is it if you have to sneak in and out of your own home in order that your neighbours shall not recognize 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.

I do believe that most men, putting emphasis on a manly appearance might better not go no further than to the man skirt and better leave women's skirts to the ones they were intended for - and to the freestylers-by-necessity. But that's my opinion.    

If and when wearing a regular skirt, make yourself a good ambassador for men wanting variety to their wardrobe; not for those wanting to be looking like women. Never forget: Less is more! Just the skirt.

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


...Even if it cannot beat the traditional kilt.

 


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