Are You Ready for Men in Skirts?
Living 2011/02/18 20:10:50
In recent years, from Paris to London to New York, no men's runway show has been complete without a few skirted looks for men.
The cuts are often decidedly masculine, evoking traditional Scottish kilts, but the materials aren't always what you'd expect for a guy -- take the clear purple vinyl skirt Jeremy Scott presented this week in New York.
Designers from Givenchy to Balenciaga have all sent man skirts -- or their close cousin the skort (a skirt-shorts hybrid) -- down the runway. Marc Jacobs has even made it a staple of his personal style. And then there's the American company Utilikilts, which sells utility kilts for manly men.
Not quite sold? You're probably not alone -- while skirt-like garments for men aren't uncommon in other cultures (kilts, caftans), it's still considered taboo for a man to wear a skirt here in the states.
Does the man skirt have a future, or is it just wishful thinking on the part of designers?
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