Men's Skirts or Skorts?
Men's fashion is fast becoming a delicious minefeild these days, especially with the slow trickle of skirted fashions into the mix. As something of a comprimise for men who are used to bifurcated garments, many designers and retailers are now putting out men's skorts. What's a skort? It's a cross between shorts and a skirt. Outwardly, the man looks to be wearing a skirt, however, under the skirt, there are a pair of shorts to allow him to keep his modesty.
There's something entirely Victorian about a skort, and it is almost amusing to see the way that the fashion industry is having to tip toe into mainstream skirts for men by first introducing these skort devices. One imagines, that wearing a skort is almost something of a lose lose situation, depending on what your reason is for wanting to wear a skirt. If you wanted to wear a skirt because you wanted to feel free and loose in your garments, then a skort entirely defies the purpose, giving you all the apparent 'femininity' of a skirt, but denying you the sensation of wearing a skirt.
As a woman who wears a lot of pants, I can attest to the fact that the feeling of wearing a skirt is vastly different. There is a vulnerability that comes with wearing skirts, there's quite literally nothing between you and the world, well aside from some panties, and let's face it, panties never defended anyone for very long. It's this feeling that many men are looking for when they wear skirts, and a skort just won't cut it in that arena.
On the other hand, if you like the feeling of pants, but just want to look like you're wearing a skirt, then a skort might be right up your alley. A skort allows you to get the skirted or kilted look without worrying that everything will be exposed if you sit, legs akimbo, or happen to be doing high kicks in the high street.
Skorts would seem to be, at first glance, better suited to younger men and women, ie children, who have yet to work out the necessary co-ordination to keep their skirts in the right places when they are running about and eating mud and whatnot. (As a side note to parents, for the love of god, don't dress little kids in skirts they can't handle yet. There's nothing more grating than hearing you screech at them because they're not maintaining their modesty. Dress your kid in clothing it can handle. It's a human, not a doll.)
But assuming that we are all adults able to control our legs and unlikely to throw ourselves about on playground equipment, I think we can handle skirts, so men who wear skirts, I throw this one back to you. Skirts or skorts?