H&M Skirts for Men Hit The Mainstream

Men's Skirt from H&M
Men's Skirt from H&M

For decades, men who like skirts and suchlike have been complaining that there are no fetching skirts on the market for men. H&M have changed all that with their Spring 2010 collection that includes skirts and hosiery for men. That's right, skirts and hosiery for men. The fashion revolution continues to roll along, how many of you will take up the gauntlet thrown down by H&M and their ilk and vote with your dollars, purchasing these skirts for men and showing manufacturers and the world that yes, men do want skirts.

In the past, (the past being early 2009,) edgy fashion designers brought out skirt for men, I've covered them here, but the long story short is that Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gautier and Alexander McQueen all brought out skirts for men in their collections and now mainstream fashion house H&M has followed suit. From Spring 2010, men will be able to walk into an H&M and buy a skirt designed just for them. That's pretty major, but how successful this move will be, and whether men's skirts turn out to be a fad or something more long lived will largely depend on how much men embrace this additional freedom that they have been given.

It's heartening to see that the fashion industry is welcoming and incorporating the trend towards skirts and unbifurcated pants for men, though its nothing particularly new. Men have been wearing skirts as long as men have had legs, pants are a relatively recent invention, and not one that should be seen as being definitively masculine anymore than skirts should be seen as being definitively feminine.

Historical precedent has not stopped the little minds of modern fashion bloggers being blown by this move. Yahoo's Shine blogger whined “Not only has H&M decided men would look good in pleated skirts come spring, they think they’re best paired with tights and a shirt with a dream catcher on it. Are there any words? Because we can’t find them.”

It's sad that women who think they are into fashion are unable to comprehend when fashion moves outside the narrow boundaries they've set for themselves inside their pretty little heads. No offense ladies, but if you want to consider yourselves fashion gurus, then you need to take a broader view of fashion, not just the last two decades in which you could legally be considered to have been sentient. Fashion isn't just your little screamy idea of what's in and what isn't in, its an expression of style and comfort that transcends trends.

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Chris_S 6 years ago from Texas

That skirt is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing, Hope!


Nanciboy 6 years ago

Hmmm. . . That's a nice looking skirt. The informal dress code at my office is shirt and tie. Nothing hinted about below the waist. I wonder if they have a nice jacket to go with the skirt? It would make a nice set that fits the women's definition of a suit. :)


Nanciboy 6 years ago

Hope,

Thought you might like to know - this Hub comes up second or 2+ million when you Google H&M skirts.

BTW, the thread on this development at Skirtcafe suggests that the skirt may have an attached pair of shorts. That's no skirt, that's a skort. :)


GoneNylon 6 years ago

That skirt is just plain tasteful. Masculine, even. I don't think one could even call it a "kilt," since the model isn't wearing some sort of bagged dead animal at the center of his waistline.

What's next? I'm guessing a business skirt suit. Jacket and skirt instead of jacket and trousers. No more cuffs falling out, no more hems walked over. Oh, the suit trousers I've ruined that way!

Here's hoping the brave among us will give this trend a little life!


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Hope Alexander 6 years ago Author

Oh dear, they made this a skort? Well, I suppose it might ease non traditional skirt wearers into the trend.


Cocacolafan 6 years ago

My wife said that if "mainstream"guys actually try on this thing it will not be reversed as a fasion trend because a skit Is so darn comfortable. I'm just not sure how the skort thing will play out. Sometimes going safe is a bad biz move


martinus 6 years ago

Hope, ten 'G's to you.

How to make your article more public? I have no idea, but I think everybody should read it. I try to make it common wearing a skirt since years, I always got very nice comments, congratulation(s) -I'm a daily skirt wearer-, but no male followers. Even some wifes tried to help their husbands to go skirted, they came back to me and were sad telling that their husbands so cowardly.


maninfl 6 years ago

Its about time! I love skirts! Knee length and ankle length. They are much more comfortable than pants and look great too.


Madgamer 6 years ago

I hope they're not expensive, I'd love to wear a skirt made for men. Women shouldn't get all the fun just because they're women.


Madgamer 6 years ago

To martinus, I've worn a kilt out in public, so don't think there aren't any men out there who wouldn't wear this, I would in a minute!


sayyestoskirts 6 years ago

I hope this takes off would love to see men in skirts mainstream about time men get something fresh. Mens clothes has not changed in 50+ years same old boring suits.


martinus 6 years ago

Madgamer, that's great. I know that I'm not alone out there, but I never saw other men in skirts/kilts.

I got so many very positive comments, mostly from women when I wear skirts. And one female designer brought it to the point: "Through away your pants, you're looking much better in skirts". That was clear!


nick 6 years ago

great cant wait to cast off my boring old trousers an jeans and wear a man skirt instead


Dave 6 years ago

Well I've been wearing women's skirts for years but rarely not in public and I have to admit I don't think I'd be brave enough to wear even a man's skirt down my local high Street!


martinus 6 years ago

Dave, I can promise that most people do not know the difference between a "Man-skirt" and women's skirts. Even it is a pencil skirt people called it "kilt" when I wore it.

I don't know if I would walk down a high street, but I am wearing it everywear, also for shopping, museum, concert, job (school), and all is fine. A secret: When you go out in public don't think about what you are wearing, look to the other people what they wearing, and you'll forget your own problems right away.


strikemaster 6 years ago

There is a new idea - men's skirts day on May the 15th. However it could be funny or crazy day it may become a good opportunity for men to try the comfort of a skirt. What do You think?


martinus 6 years ago

Hi strikemaster;

I am not sure about a men's skirt day because I think a lot of men will use it just for fun - remember the pants off days?

By the way, I read somewhere the men's skirt day should be the May 1st. Which is the right date?

I am still wearing my skirts every day and I make no restriction on what kind of skirt-type it is. The garment must fit, that's all.


avi 6 years ago

thanks h $ m and most of the boys would prefer it would be a completely new experience for the boys. its really a good idea. lets try something new and by the way why should ladies hava all the fun..


Zeus 6 years ago

Finally some people start to open the eyes, I wear skirt very often specially in summer time for weather reason, my skirts is not intended for men mostly are for women ( denim & A-line style), I got several good complements, also I got bad looking, too or are just jealous looking??

Who knows??

I feel comfortable to wear any skirt, about hosiery for man, I never tried but I will.

We have to break that narrow mentality, I always ask why woman use pants or suits or men’s shoes? No body says anything just is accepted. How this fellow said “sayyestoskirts” :

Men’s clothes has not changed in 50+ years same old boring suits. It’s thru!!

Just look the magazines or fliers 90% are woman clothes and 10% for mans!!

Is time to change.

Zeus.


Tokyopuffer 6 years ago

H&M has made a bold move. For years there have been small companies like Utilikilts and 21st Century Kilts making modern 'man skirts.' (21st Century Kilts even has pin striped suits!)

It is good to see that a big company has made the plunge.

I currently have 2 utilikits. I get great comments when I wore them in the states and still get nice comments here in Tokyo!

Here are the websites for Utilikilts and 21st Century Kilts:

http://www.utilikilts.com/

http://www.21stcenturykilts.com/index.html

Enjoy your freedom, men!


Roger Wright 6 years ago

Hi,

Did these make it into the shops? I can't see them in H&M's online catalogue.

Has anyone actually seen/bought one?

Cheers


Thomas 6 years ago

I love it that we as men can wear skirt, if it is manly and stylish. I have been looking at our H&M stores in Alberta but so far I am out of luck, maybe in a year or two or longer we might find dress skirts for men in our H & M stores.

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