Man skirts

Man skirts, designed and made by Dirk H..  

Man skirts

Could you as a man wear a skirt?

1. 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”.

Utilikilt Standard

The Utilikilt Standard was pleated all way round, and it was a closed skirt with a zipper on the front.

2. 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.

3. 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.


Roman Empire

Men in 'skirts' built The Roman Empire.

4. 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 and Zara. 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

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.

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.

SkirtCraft unisex skirt

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.


Tailored skirt, Elliott tartan

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 skirt

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.

Dirk-s Designs

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 first picture you might notice how wind-breaker and shoes, knee socks and T-shirt, and skirt and smartphone cover perfectly interconnect. On the next, everything is in black and white.

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 (Madagascar), longyi (India), malong (Philippines), mundo (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. LOVI CEYLON.


Adidas gender neutral skirt

In October 2022 Adidas has internationally launched a gender neutral skirt, called ADICOLOR CONTEMPO TAILORED SKIRT (GENDER NEUTRAL). The link is to the British Adidas website where you see it being worn by a woman AND a man.

Adidas Gender neutral skirt
The Adidas skirt is a pleated wrap skirt like a kilt, but where the aprons on a kilt will reach from hip to hip (9 to 15on your watch) the overlapping on this skirt is rather 10.30 to 13.30. Length in size L is 49 cm/19". At the hemline it measures no less than 235 cm or 2½ yards. The waist is by means of clamps adjustable by 5 cm/2 inches. Further an elastic waistband provides for additional flexibility. Size L fits waists between approx. 97 and 105 cm/37-41", meaning Adidas has definitely been thinking in men's sizes when designing this skirt.

Adidas Gender neutral skirt
Half of the skirt is pleated; from the inner apron...
Adidas Gender neutral skirt the right half of the back.

Adidas Gender neutral skirt
A most comfortable garment, this Adidas gender neutral skirt.

Adidas Gender neutral skirt
Short but not too short.

Adidas Gender neutral skirt
Pleats at the right side

Adidas Gender neutral skirt
No pleats at the left side.

Hosiery for this skirt? Knee high socks, short socks, invisible socks, no socks or even tights, like men might wear them under shorts. Let it depend on weather and mood.

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Woman's skirt worn by a man

Simply skirts

Is it possible, emphasizing a manly appearance, to wear a skirt intended for women? It very much depends on you and the circumstances. Add to that the difficulty in finding a skirt which by size, design and fabric could look manly enough. Nowadays' skirts tend to be very feminine. Another important thing, of course, would you?

What to find on the Dress2Kilt site?

Every man can wear a kilt

Kilt, Gunn Ancient tartan, Gilleleje, Denmark, with a view to Sweden.

How about a kilt?

Have you ever been thinking of wearing a kilt, but have given up, because you were not Scottish? But you must not be Scottish. You can be of any nationality, any colour, and any belief. Only you must be man enough. The objective of the Dress2Kilt site is making you wear a kilt whenever YOU feel like it and appropriate. Without needing a special event. It is about causal-first kilt wearing.


Men and kilts

Who will wear a kilt? Why wearing a kilt? Where and when to wear it? What’s the difference between being Scottish and not, related to kilt wearing? What about surroundings? Is it true? These and many more questions are answered here.


Webmaster's kilt story

How come that the webmaster started wearing kilts? When was it? How was it, wearing a kilt for the first time? How were reactions from his wife, his family, neighbours, and other people?


You in a kilt?

When seeing you in a kilt, what should people say? And especially your significant other? And the ‘Kilt Police’? Shall people think you are Scottish? How about prejudices? Should you tell people you know that you have started wearing kilts or are about to do it? How do you tell them? What should your reasons be? See answers to these and many other questions here?


What makes a kilt?

Are 8 yards of fabric a must? Or will less do? How is a kilt constructed? Learn about straps and buckles, fell, rise, pleats, length, drop.


Is the kilt a skirt?

Scotsmen will say NO. To them and very many kilt wearers the kilt is a kilt, not a skirt. It is a garment of its very own, they say, and exclusively for men.
Calling the kilt a skirt is accordingly considered an almost unforgivable insult. But is it nevertheless a skirt?

Buy a kilt and accessorize it


Must a kilt be expensive?

Yes, purists will say, because no less than a 16 oz. 8-yard wool kilt, sewn by hand by a skilled kilt maker in Scotland or equivalent place will do. But are they right? Read why they are probably not.


Get the measures right

Buying your first kilt is something quite unusual. Most likely you shall buy it online, and often it shall be made to your measures. Buying a kilt is not difficult, however, and with a kilt there is some give and take. Read on, and you'll know how to make it right.


Something to pay on top?

Details might only be of interest to EU-citizens.
What you have to pay for your kilt might not be, what you saw on the price label. And it is not only a question of shipping cost. Read about customs, VAT, and customs clearance fees when ordering your kilt in a 3rd country.

Pakistani kilt

A cheap kilt

Probably most kilts today are not sewn in Scotland, but in Pakistan. In common these "imported" kilts have that they are affordable. Some shall give you real value for your money, others little - or worse - no value. Read about where to find good, nevertheless cheap kilts.

USA Lilts Casual

A moderate priced kilt

Some established Scottish and American kiltmakers know that affordable kilts are the condition for having men start wearing kilts, especially those having no Scottish roots. They therefore offer some very good kilts which they will position as casual kilts, probably for not hurting the rest of their business. For casual wear they might be all you need. Pay under £300 and get a fine 5-yard kilt in pure new wool, which you can also wear in La Scala or the Met.


A premium priced kilt

You'll hardly get an 8-yard kilt in pure new wool for under £300 or the equivalent. It shall be much easier to find one costing twice or three times as much. Not all premium priced kilts are sewn in Scotland. Examples are USA, Canada, England, France, and Austria.

Kilt accessories

Kilt accessories

Don't get ripped off on things you don't need. Find out, which accessories are must-haves, which are nice to have, and which you shouldn't consider at all for casual and smart casual wear, and some not even for dress-up events.

Utility kilt

A utility kilt

Utilty kilts have existed since 2000. Judged from the number of vendors who are offering them, the market for these kilts must be big. They come in very many different designs, some better than others.

Non-tartan kilt

Other kilt variants

Kilts can also be solid coloured, or come in a camouflage pattern. They can be made of tweed, denim, or leather. They can be traditional in style, or their design can deviate to the extent where they become utility kilts - or skirts.

Wear a kilt


Kilt on!

Let’s assume you have just received and unpacked your first kilt, and the accessories you ordered. How to handle and wear all the unfamiliar things, the sporran, the belt, the socks, the flashes etc.?
What else to wear with your kilt?


To mind when in a kilt

Now being ready for taking your kilt out into public for the first time, is there anything you should mind? Something to worry about or calling for your attention? After all a kilt is something very different, just the way it looks and especially, how it feels, wearing it.


24/7/365 in a kilt

Now being ready for taking your kilt out into public for the first time, is there anything you should mind? Something to worry about or calling for your attention? After all a kilt is something very different, just the way it looks and especially, how it feels, wearing it.

Skirts and closing remarks

Man skirts

Man skirts

Could you as a man wear a skirt? Well, the existence of utility kilts with their non-defined designs is part of the answer. You can. Skirts on men make sense and dedicated man skirts are on the market, even if very rare. Another possibility is having a skirt designed and made for you, making it a man skirt.

Woman's skirt worn by a man

Simply skirts

Is it possible, emphasizing a manly appearance, to wear a skirt intended for women? It very much depends on the avalability of appropriate skirts. Looking at women's fashion these years, skirts tend to be increasingly feminine, too feminine for a man to wear, or they are simply replaced by dresses. Another important thing, of course, would you?


Closing remarks

Thank you for having visited this site. Hopefully it has contributed to bring you an important step further. Now show to the world that you are man enough to pull that 'skirt', whether a traditional tartan kilt, a solid-coloured kilt, a utility kilt or some other kilt variant, a sarong, a skirt designed for men, a unisex skirt or one simply looking manly enough to also be worn by you.



Galleries Main Page

Links to gallery pages showing traditional kilts, solid-coloured kilts, utility kilts, man skirts, simply skirts, and pages with a mix of kilts and different skirts - 'the Braveheart way'.

Tartan kilts

Tartan kilts

Choosing a tartan can be difficult with, in principle, more than 4,000 available. In praxis they are much fewer, however, but still, it shall take you. Hundreds of kilt pictures on 32 pages, listed alphabetically and one page per tartan, might give you some indication of where to go.

Non-tartan kilts

Traditional non-tartan kilts

A traditonal kilt must not have tartans. Solid coloured kilts are becoming more and more popular. Most often they are black, but also other colours are a possibility. Three gallery pages.


Utility kilts

If you have no Scottish roots or just want a kilt less connected with tradition and rules you might prefer a utility kilt over a traditional kilt. Or you might consider a utility kilt just an addition to your other kilts.
On seven pages you'll find slide shows featuring different utility kilts. One page for each kilt.



If not too keen on a kilt, or for just more variety, a skirt might be a possibility. On for example a hot summer day an appropriate skirt, to be worn instead of shorts, could even make more sense than a heavy kilt.
On five gallery pages you’ll find examples of custom-made skirts, man skirts, and simply skirts, being maybe manly enough.

The Braveheart way

The Braveheart Way

The Braveheart Way is about MEN being brave enough to include skirted garments in their wardrobe, and who dare wear them out in public, On two gallery pages kilts and skirts are mixed together with the purpose of helping you find YOUR Braveheart way, with or without a mix.



Links #1

Vendors of traditional kilts, from cheap, typically imported Pakistani kilts, whether off-the-peg or custom-made, to more expensive kilts, sewn to-your-measures in Europe or in America.
Vendors of accessories.
Tartan-mills and tartan-finders.


Links #2

Vendors of utility kilts, sarongs, man skirts, unisex skirts, "manly" skirts, and some shorts.


Links #3

Kilt and skirt forums, non-commercial home pages, blogs, picture galleries, videos, articles in print media and on the internet, men in kilts and skirts on stage and on the catwalk.

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