Could you 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, you might call it, of a kilt and a pleated skirt. A little later 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 it was a closed skirt with a zipper on the front.
You can find numerous pictures on Pinterest, showing men wearing skirts in an absolutely manly way. 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. Kilts are not to everybody’s taste. Instead they will wear a skirt, but for the same reasons. There are also kilt wearers who on otherwise strict kilt forums have revealed that they will sometimes wear a skirt, either for variety, or because of it being is better for certain tasks or in certain situations, like on a very hot day.
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 have for years been positive regarding skirts for men. Jean-Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Yamamato, Dries van Noten, Kenzo
and you name it. Every season men in skirts and sometimes dresses are presented on the catwalk.
So far, however, without the fashion industry being convinced to give skirts a try. Exceptions are H&M
. Both of them have between 2000 and 2018 a few times and for a short period of time been selling man skirts. Rather half-heartedly it was and with designs hardly able to persuading men into them. With one exception; the ZARA 2018 skirt was very nice and appropriate for a man to wear, but it was only available in two (small) sizes, in very few outlets. and in no time it was sold out, which is promising.
Zara Man skirt 2018. Good design, fine quality, but only available in too sizes and i no time it was sold out.
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, like 60 years ago when women were offered trousers - and embraced them.
To make it happen, a critical mass of men demanding manly skirts and them brave enough to buy and wear them is needed.
The really big obstacle is that men might be afraid of sacrificing their manliness, should they wear a skirt. Well, women did not lose their attractiveness by wearing trousers. Why should it be different if a man was wearing a skirt? It all depends on the man and the skirt.
I think that we that we kilt wearers should benefit, if just (more) men would wear skirted garments whatsoever - provided they would wear them as MEN and in a strictly MASCULINE way - thereby contributing to break down the conception that a man cannot wear anything but trousers.
Man skirts are to buy
Man skirts, sometimes called male skirts, are to buy.
A few enterprises are making and marketing them.
One is already mentioned
An example is their model Cowboy which is still to find in their back catalogue and to me a very good take on a skirt for men.
Hiatus Cowboy pleated maleskirt kaki.
By comparison it is very close to their French neo kilt, but the fact that it is closed on the front (like jeans) makes it a skirt and is positioned as a skirt.
Hiatus French pleated Neo Kilt kaki
The design of the Cowboy skirt, as well as that of the Neo Kilt, is much cleaner than Utility kilts with all their - to me annoying - metal buttons. And the pockets are less dominant. Men, wanting a skirted garment to wear out of a Scottish heritage context, might find some of the Hiatus skirts worth considering.
Le Jupes des Hommes
The company is situated in Nantes. And many skirt styles are available.
In 2015 American SkirtCeaft launched a skirt. It started out to be a man skirt, but eventually the company decided to position it as a unisex thing.
Man skirts can be tailored to your wishes
If you have an idea about how you should like a kilt or a man’s skirt - your skirt - to look like, you could also go to a tailor and have one made.
Actually I have three such skirts which are basically kilt designs, but with pleats only at the sides, none at the rear, they are probably skirts rather than kilts.
On a forum it several years ago was debated, how a kilt, should it be redesigned or product developed should look like. Up came the idea of, for convenience, having no pleats at the rear. Following that track one member actually had three “neo-classic” kilts made for him, one being in tartan, made by a German kilt maker, the two others solid black, but in different fabrics and sewn by a dressmaker in Berlin. As he a couple of years ago would no longer wear them, he offered me them for free. I immediately accepted, of course.
They all are 4 yard, 24” long and the aprons are going from hip to hip like on a traditional kilt. The tartan version is closed by means of straps and buckles, the black ones by Velcro and further they are having a deep inside pocket with a vertical zipper.
In today’s world they make sense, I think. But until it has been accepted that a kilt can be without pleats on the rear, I agree that they are skirts. Male skirts.
A kilt? No, even if at a first glance it is looking like a traditional kilt, it is not.
Having pleats only at the sides, it is a skirt, a tailor-made man skirt.
4 yards approx. 10 oz. wool, Elliott tartan.
Black, tailored skirts. Identical design but one made of a heavy weight, the other of a light weight fabric.
Design and make your own skirts?
It is not for every man to make his own skirts. He must have skills in designing and sewing techniques. But I have an example and a very good one. It's Dirk, a German, living in Rheinland-Westfalen. Looking at his often colourful skirts you feel that discussing whether they are masculine or feminine or for men or women makes no sense. They are not just unique, they are right.
Above two of Dirk's skirts. Also accessories should always, in form, structure and colours, be coordinated. And that is what many men, not just those wearing skirts, forget about, or they have no understanding for it. Dirk has.
On the left picture everything is in blue colours combined with white and a touch of red. On the right one you might notice how wind-breaker and shoes, knee socks and T-shirt, and skirt and smartphone cover perfectly interconnect.
The pictures are published here with Dirk's consent.
Outside the western world we find the sarong which has its origin in Sri Lanka and is being worn by many men. It is also known under names like kikoy
(South Africa), lamba
(Maldives), and pah kao mah
(Thailand, the version for men).
Basically the sarong is a big piece of cloth, worn around the waist as a wrap skirt. And often it is a very cheap garment to be primarily worn on the beach. However, Sri Lanka based Lovi Ceylon
offers a wide range of more sophisticated sarongs which looks like being more universally wearable and therefore might better appeal to men in our part of the world.