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Power Skirts For Men

Updated on October 6, 2009
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Remember the power suit of the 80's? Worn by women it involved shoulder pads big enough to take down a line backer and was often accompanied by high heels so pointy one could finish him off with them. Men haven't been able to enjoy such a power suit for some time, being stuck with the same old suit variations that can be picked up in every men's store from Algeria to Zimbabwe.

But what if men tried something different? What if, instead of sticking with the tired formula of bifurcated pants, they wore skirts that emanated power?

This, gentlemen, is just one person's vision of power skirts for men. Yours may vary.

My vision of power skirts for men involves long skirts which begin at the hips and flow out to the ground, slightly above the floor. They do not puff out, they do not fall straight like a sheath, instead they flow in clean, direct lines around the man. When he moves, they sweep with him, with enough material to allow a full stride.

Colors range from traditional blacks to bold reds, and fabrics are resilient ones such as high quality heavy weave cotton. There is very little light or fluffy about the power skirt, it exudes confidence, it is as decisive as it is head turning.

Why do I say the skirt should be long? Because long A-Line skirts can be quite dramatic without being over the top. There is something solid and dependable about a long skirt, something which evokes associations of reliability and power. There is nothing wrong with a shorter skirt, however short skirts are almost always associated with a lighter, more playful vibe which may not work for the man who wishes to be taken absolutely seriously in the boardroom. It would be akin to showing up in a pair of shorts.

A long skirt also creates a long line, making the wearer look taller, slimmer and altogether more imposing. A shorter skirt makes a visual cut and can make legs appear shorter than they are.

The power skirt can boast some forms of embellishment, seams, lines, a dart or two here or there, but it should not include large slits or overly frou frou additions such as lace or lighter fabrics. This is not because such things are too feminine for the skirt, but once again, because they detract from the image of contained power which can be created when the skirt has a little more rigidity in its design.

Men do not currently often wear skirts in the workplace or on diplomatic missions of great import, but there is no reason why they should not. When teamed with a nice pair of boots, skirts are often more impressive than pants ever could be.

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      Philip 

      7 years ago

      I have worn skirts (mostly long) for nearly 35 years. Why it still can't cut through to the mainstream men is beyond me. Skirts are more comfortable and simply offer more fashion options for men. They also look much more graceful. I also fully agree with your style preferences for skirts for men. They almost always look better long (as in floor length)and need not be frilly. Simple, long, conservative styles, like flannels or pinstripes work best. That said, if a man wants to wear a floral print long skirt (for example), it too should be an option.

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      rajula 

      7 years ago

      iam wearing skirts from my childhood, they are very comfortable and makes you feel nice

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      John 

      8 years ago

      Wearing a skirt as man takes guts in first instance, also depending on your surroundings and peers. Someone who is willing to try for what ever reason is probably more open minded than those who don't try and do comment without listening to arguments.The style of skirt depends just as with women on the bodytype, material, colour and with what it is combined.

      And what women tend to forget is that part of their wardrobe is from the men's closet.

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      David 

      8 years ago

      Whoever thinks that skirtwearing for men is NOT manly is mentally insane, because clothes have nothing to do with sexual orientation. I wear kilts and skirts (and know a few other men who do the same), and we all act in a VERY masculine way. People who believe otherwise also believe that WOMEN lose their FEMININITY when they wear PANTS.

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      Man In Skirt 

      8 years ago

      I too like the longer ones and like Pauls boat am an 18-20 top and a 14 bottom. I have gotten complements and and few looks. Once a 6-7 year old pointed me out to her mother. I caught her in the corner of my eye, I smiled and waved, mom dragged her out of the store pretty fast. Last week I got a cat-call from a group of teenagers.

      I find I get more looks with a denim skirt in the woods or a sarong shopping. If the skirt is on in the store or the sarong hiking I very seldom get a double take.

      What I do find is while wearing a sarong ladies are more apt to comment and commend me on my choice.

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      Alan L. 

      8 years ago

      Where are these knee length pleated skirt and skorts for men & boys being marketed? I haven't seen them.

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      Robert 

      8 years ago

      I don't particularly like these long styled skirts I do however like the knee lenght a-line pleated skirts that are now being marketed for men and boys. I have also discovered a site that has skorts for guys. Skorts as you know have built in shorts, shorter then the hem of the skirt. The shorts are generally made of nylon or silk similar to men's swim wear. Beung MANLY, has absolutely nothing to do with what you are wearing. Nor does wearing a skirt or a skort make you GAY or will turn you into a cross dressing person. The aforemention lifestyles are either genetic or mental. In some polls, taken by men and high school boys, it was determined that 82.4% of them would wear a skirt if it were offered at the stores where they buy clothing. It was also determined that wearing skirts is not crossdressing as opposed to wearing dresses.

      I own 13 skirts and 6 skorts. I have worn them shopping, to the park and other places. On none of these excursions was I ever harassed or denigrated in any form. So I assume that this type of apparel is OKAY with most of the populace here in Northeastern Ohio. Which is surprising considering the conservative nature of this state.

      Again let me state I AM NOT GAY. I am a manly man, I will defend those who are weak, aid those that are in trouble as much as possible. I don't tolerate abuse in any form, nor do I impose my ideology upon others, but will openly give my opinion. So if you think its manly to dominate others, to force your beliefs upon others, or the commit acts that downgrade certain people of our society, I can only feel pity for you.

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      Hope Alexander 

      8 years ago

      Nice find, Manly Man, I will have to write about that...

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      Manly Man 

      8 years ago

      Can boys wear skirts to school? Yes, but not if they want to grow up to be manly men.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/fashion/08cross....

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      martinus 

      8 years ago

      Yes, if the only way is to show a power-line men should wear long skirts. There are more impressive. But if a man is impressive in his behavior and his body, he can wear sorter skirts. I made the test, and I got a clear response from all my (female) students and colleagues: Short skirts only - long skirts looking boring on you. So I do wear short skirts and kilts.

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      Mikk 

      8 years ago

      E-bay can be a savior for those sizing problems, if you don't have a problem with second-hand clothing. It was quite easy for me to find someone in the opposite situation as me in sizes and through emails we just exchanged suit pieces. Hope this helps. :)

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      SoftCornHippo 

      8 years ago

      The thing about skirts is - have you ever worn a long skirt and sat in an office chair, trying to roll around in your cubicle w/out getting your skirt all tangled up in the wheels of your chair? tears the skirt and is a big problem. They look great, but maybe just for play!

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      pauls_boat 

      8 years ago

      hi there hope i like nanciboy wear two difrent sizes in clothing i have to wear a size18 to 20 up top and a size 12 to 14 down below and most suits come in only one size i love long skirts i am now retired and wear skirts lots of the time i could never get away with wearing a skirt during work as i use to be on construction sites repairing machines and even the few women who worked ther always wore pants but i would have loved to turn up in a suit with a long skirt insted of a pair of pants i may try to find a suit where they sell the jacket seperate to the skirt then it should work out well.

      i have been tempted to buy two suits and send one back with the jacket of the smaller suit and the skirt of the larger one for a refund but i know that it is not the right thing to do.

      regards paul

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      Hope Alexander 

      8 years ago

      I think that longer skirts really are better for men. I think the silhouette they create would be considered more masculine and therefore more imposing than a short skirt which would appear more feminine and frivolous. Even though men should be able to wear whatever they want, one still needs to take into account the perceptions of those around one.

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      Nanciboy 

      8 years ago

      I think you are on to something here Hope. I wear traditional men's suits/ties four days a week for work. Recently Macy's has been e-mailing/regular mailing me promotions for skirted suits. (I mostly buy women's things from them.) I must admit even though their suits have knee length skirts, I am very tempted. One major hold back is sizing - I suspect their suits are sold as sets and I would wear a 12/Medium on top and 6 or 8/Small on the bottom. But a long skirt like you propose with a coodinating separate jacket could be just the ticket.

      I suppose just a plain shirt to start would be wise. Ruffles might be too much to start. :)

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      Chris_S 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I love the long black skirt in the bottom picture. The long A-line skirt is the way to go! I would love to see these in the boardrooms of America.

      I don't wear skirts yet but I wear the next best thing, Palazzo Pants! The long, wide full-length leg flows much like a long skirt and at the right angle it even looks like one. I wear them in a floor-grazing length with high-heeled boots. Very chic!

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