How Wearing Skirts Actually Affects Modern Men

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9 months ago

In 2010, Jared Leto posted, “Real men wear skirts,” a statement that has since inspired his own appearances in dresses and skirts at events like red carpets. This trend has caught on among various celebrities, and more recently, it’s gained popularity among the general male population.

Skirts have been a part of men’s fashion across different historical periods.

Men have frequently opted for skirt-style clothing across various historical eras. These garments were often matched with stockings. For instance, Roman soldiers’ armor resembled a short skirt, aiding their mobility during marches. In the Middle Ages, tunics were popular, while the Renaissance saw men adopting various skirt-like attire.

In the subsequent centuries, men’s enthusiasm for skirts and dresses dwindled, leading to a preference for trousers. Nevertheless, specific skirt-like garments like the kilt and the fustanella persisted as integral elements of traditional attire in certain regions.

In 1985, Jean Paul Gaultier introduced his initial skirt design for men, and this fashion statement gained popularity among male celebrities, including David Beckham and Axl Rose. Notably, in 1999, Brad Pitt made waves when he was photographed by Mark Seliger for Rolling Stone magazine, showcasing various dresses, necklaces, and hoop earrings in the images.

Nowadays, more and more people believe that clothing is not confined to specific genders.

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Numerous fashion designers now include skirts and dresses in their men’s clothing lines, often featuring neutral colors such as black, brown, gray, or white and adopting simpler designs. In 2022, there is a growing consensus that clothing is not restricted by gender and can be worn by individuals of any gender. This cultural shift is also making it increasingly socially acceptable for men to explore and embrace their feminine attributes, including the use of makeup, high heels, or dresses.

The trend of men donning dresses is not limited to celebrities and fashion industry insiders; it has also gained popularity among everyday individuals. This shift towards greater inclusivity and diversity in fashion has increased representation and boosted sales. Items like Thom Browne’s men’s skirts saw a surge in online searches in 2021. A few years back, a German engineer and father named Mark Bryan went viral for his daily outfits, which included skirts and heels, challenging traditional gender norms and garnering significant attention.

Male celebrities are confidently embracing dresses and skirts.

1. Jonathan Van Ness

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2. Damiano David

3. Jared Leto

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4. Oscar Isaac

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5. Redfoo

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6. Lil Nas X

7. Gerard Butler

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8. Russell Westbrook

9. Bad Bunny

10. Billy Porter

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11. Vin Diesel

12. Kid Cudi

13. Travis Barker

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In various regions worldwide, you can find cultures and societies where men commonly incorporate skirts into their everyday and traditional attire.

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