Power Skirts For Men
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.