The Spring and Fall Fashion Shows of this year have displayed many unique trends, one of them being men wearing skirts. Is this just going to be another FAD or will it actually become a TREND for men? The controversy behind it I’m sure will help determine that!
In 1966 Yves Saint Laurent put France into shock when he sent his models down the runway in ‘Le Smoking’ Suit. This pant suit eventually allowed it to be acceptable for women to step out of their skirts and dresses and dress with more of a masculine flare. So if women can dress with some masculinity, why can’t men dress with some femininity?
It’s slowly becoming more acceptable for men to dress with some femininity, (more so in European countries). Today men are wearing cardigans, low v-neck t-shirts, pink and other light and bright colors and it’s becoming the norm. Not to mention men who wear make-up or get their hair colored, these things were once looked at as typically only things that girls wear and do but now-a-days its all looked at as unisex.
Men wearing skirts or dresses has previously been seen in different cultures, for example in the Scottish and Indian cultures. This brings up a good a point when we think about, if ‘man skirts’ will become a successful trend. Worldwide cultures influence the fashion industry constantly, so could this be the same for skirts?
One man who shows no shame when wearing his ‘man skirts’ is Marc Jacobs, and who can blame him, he has some great legs! But he is not the only man showing a bit of leg this season, designers including Rick Owens, Givenchy and Dominique Masullo had their male models sporting the ‘man skirts’ at their Spring and Fall Fashion Shows this year. So as more and more designers are creating this look, it leaves me wondering if we are going to see more men on the street wearing them too.
My observations of men’s fashion lead me to think that this look is more likely to be popular in European countries before it becomes a trend here in the U.S.
You can currently look for these man skirts on such worldwide shopping sites:
I want to know what you think! Share with me your opinions on the ‘man skirt’!