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Formal Skirts For Men

Updated on October 18, 2009

When it comes to formal attire, men get the short fashion stick in abundance. The only truly acceptable formal attire for men is a penguin style tuxedo. The most we trust men with fashion choices in the formal world is allowing them to occasionally don a coat with a Chinese collar, or picking between a blue or red cummerbund.

Women, on the other hand, are allowed to dress in an array of finery so diverse that we devote actual reporters and entire publications to the subject. When celebrities step onto the red carpet for any big occasion, women are photographed mercilessly and categorized into 'worst' and 'best dressed', whilst men are allowed to stroll by with a smile, nobody even thinking to ask them who they are wearing. They're wearing the appropriate male uniform, and that should be enough.

If you spend five minutes thinking about, it, it's actually not far off madness. We've become so used to it that we barely give it a second thought, but imagine for a moment if every woman was expected to turn up in a little black dress. That's it. If every woman simply wore a little black dress to every formal occasion, people would wonder what had gone wrong. There would be an outcry. Entire industries could collapse overnight.

I believe that men deserve the same access to finery as women. They are no less beautiful creatures and they are no less deserving of a wide range of clothing in which to express their style. We've come to accept that men's sense of style comes down to their shirt, cuff links and tie, and it is an utterly ridiculous concept at the best of times. 

Fortunately, skirts can look just as good on men as they do on women, especially long, flowing formal style skirts. I would only advise that perhaps men wishing to exude a masculine air about themselves stay away from the hip-hugging designs which will create a feminine look of curves. On the other hand, if a feminine look is what the man desires, then choose hip hugging designs which then flare out at the knees. There are skirts capable of making the emaciated frames of Hollywood's finest women look curvaceous, and they will work just as well on men as they do women. The skirt pictured at the top of this article would be perfect in this regard and is available from Fairy Goth Mother.

Other skirts pictured in this article are a vintage taffatea skirt, which would create lovely dramatic lines when worn by a man, and Tadashi skirt, which comes with the matching top, which guys, you'll be pleased to know that you can actually buy separately, thus getting the perfect fit.


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      Chris 8 years ago

      With that said - perhaps we need a way to rally manufacturers and get them to do simple skirts like denim or kaki type skirts at the same cost as the women (all they realy need to do is change the label and sizing) and get the big chain stores to put them in and advertise them as "mens" skirts.

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      Mikk 8 years ago

      That's why I will continue to shop in the women's section until the "novelty" label is removed from women's clothing for men

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      SkirtedMan 8 years ago from

      Chris said: I think that if clothing suppliers started putting skirts for men in stores like Wal-Mart and Kmart it would make them more accessable to men to buy and therfore wear.

      I say: Good idea, one thing tho, they'd have to be the same price as fine trousers or suits. Not $80.00 Pants and $800.00 skirts. This seems to be the way "Men's skirts" are going. If we buy a skirt that was made for a woman, it costs $19.95. If we buy a skirt that was made for a man, it costs at least $395.95. NOT FAIR!!!

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      Chris 8 years ago

      I think that if clothing suppliers started putting skirts for men in stores like Wal-Mart and Kmart it would make them more accessable to men to buy and therfore wear.

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      Mikk 8 years ago

      I love that pink dress in the picture, especially the colors and corset-style top portion. I think my wife might get jealous if i wore it though. Hmm, where to buy one?

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      Jess Killmenow 8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Those are the most attractive men I've seen in a while. Wait a minute, did I just say that?

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      How delightfully inspirational...

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      Kill Me Now 8 years ago

      I hate being a man...

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      rd 8 years ago

      Although most men on the red carpet still adorn the traditional Penguin Suit, there are a few exceptions that lean toward a more alternative look. This is a start but the male wardrobe there still needs a major overhaul. I would love to see several fine actors and other male personalities roll out of limos in a long skirt or gown as you have pictured above...without being ridiculed for it. Anything more than a lone appearance could easily be the first step to an acceptance of men in unbifurcated garments within the western world. I know change like this takes time but I would love to be able to safely and comfortably put on an evening gown and take my wife out to dinner for an anniversary or go dancing into the late hours of the night. Oh, what a dream.