We live in exciting times. When you have a look at New York Fashion Week, concerts of Harry Styles or at the Venice Int. Film Festival – you see eye catching celebrity outfits. During the last decades outfits on the red carpet always has been – let’s call them “special”… But this years especially men wearing those special outfits. What I talk about is skirts, dresses and heels.
Modern fashion is defined and what stood out is how many very masculine men have been stepping out in rather feminine dresses and skirts.
Luxury brands cover the topic. Influencers raise their hand – it seems to be a real break-out trend: Men wearing skirts (and dresses or heels).
To be fair enough right now “only” haute couture brands like Gucci, Chanel etc. are dressing up men in more or less feminin outfits. But the interesting fact is: How many men are doing it in their daily life?
But scottish are doing it for a long time…
Suits for men. Dresses for women. And no mixing interchangeably. That has been the standard for dress in modern, western fashion as long as we’ve known it, or at least, how many people have been raised to believe it.
But that’s not what I mean exactly by writing this article. Let’s head over to the north of europe. The scottish skirts are mid – long skirts who have a long tradition. What you see looking at modern skirt wearing men are short or mid skirts with spectacular designs.
But in deed there’s a history of men in skirts.
Wearing them wasn’t popular at all until pop culture figures from Bowie to Harry Styles began sporting women’s dresses without threat to their masculinity. Perhaps to the subvert modern gender roles or surprise of modern upholders of certain gender-specific constructs. However it isn’t just a trend anymore and it wasn’t, because men have been wearing dresses for centuries. The romans called them togas. The European royalty wear heavy makeup.
Nowadays, men wearing skirts and heels doesn’t have anything to do with royalty at all. It is about to become normal – for many people out there. Gender borders are about to become indistinct. Though it still may be controversial for some, the late 2010s and early 2020s have shown that clothing is genderless.
Will you join the revolution?