Men wearing skirts. That’s something we still consider foreign today. Many see it as an article of clothing only worn by the opposite gender, and have never thought about how they could possibly incorporate it into their own wardrobe.
Last week, I had the opportunity to try several skirts from various brands. They came in a variety of cuts and shapes; some had bolder prints and colours, while others were subtler. Brands included Issey Miyake, Comme Des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, and others.
The whole experience was eye-opening, and I felt confident and – don’t laugh – different wearing them. It felt adventurous, yet safe, because let’s be honest here: we’re not exactly pushing boundaries. A quick google will reveal that men have been in skirts for millennia, albeit in different settings from this one.
There is a common misconception that skirts, especially on men, would make for a really loud and outrageous outfit. If you are not one who loves to draw attention with what you wear, this might be the reason skirts on men scare you. However, skirts are actually very easy to dress down on men. By simply pairing a plain t-shirt with your skirt, you create a casual, effortless look that still has enough of a talking point: the skirt itself. Use the skirt as the centre of your outfit and build around it, and you can mix up the other components of your outfit depending on the fabrics, colours, prints and patterns on your skirt.
I liked how the skirts looked and fitted on me, as they provided a silhouette that no pair of trousers or shorts (no matter how baggy) can match, one that is loose and casual yet put together. Designers also realise this too, as we see more brands incorporating skirts in menswear collections.
Skirts on men are definitely a statement; whether you would wear a skirt on a daily basis, or keep it to special occasions where you want to turn heads, a skirt is a really versatile piece of clothing. It can be dressed down as easily as up, and there is just something unique about men wearing skirts.
It is also more comfortable than it looks.