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Wrap Around Skirts For Men

Updated on November 1, 2009

The beauty of the wrap around skirt is that you don't need to worry about what size it is. Any wrap around skirt worth its salt will fit a size 8 to a size 18, (or in US sizing, where non existence is apparently a valid size for a woman, 0 to 10, or whatever they're calling XXXL these days.) You know, for an allegedly obese culture, America spends ridiculous amounts of time creating clothing that only fits the most anorexic of its citizens. But that's another article. This one is about the joys of the wrap around skirt.

Also known as a sarong, wrap around skirts are common in tropical places where they are quite often considered to be very suitable male attire. Samoan men wear a wrap around skirt called a lavalava, and interestingly enough, whilst it is also worn by children, it is not often worn by women. To think that there are still pockets of the world in which men have monopoly on the skirt!

Wrap around skirts can usually be bought fairly cheaply and typically come in bright, tropical colors or in bohemian patterns. However one is not restricted to looking as if one is perpetually on an island holiday or ran away with the gypsies as a child, the wrap around skirt has become a staple in the collections of many designers and it is possible to purchase wrap around skirts that would do quite well in a corporate setting.

A great part of the charm of the wrap around skirt is it's flowing lines and feminine feel. Well, I say feminine feel, but perhaps I am falling into the same trap as people who declare that men shouldn't wear skirts and dresses at all. The light, flowing and indeed, dramatic lines of the wrap around skirt have become associated with femininity over the years, however there is certainly no reason why a man could not claim this style as his own. A taller man with long legs would look absolutely stunning in a wrap around skirt made of heavy fabric.

If you don't like any of the wrap around skirts available locally or online, you can easily make your own. All it takes is a length of material properly trimmed, a small slit for a tie to go through in one part of the fabric, and a tie attached to the top of the dress. Wrap around skirts are among the most simple and primitive of all human attire, and male or female, we should free free to enjoy them.


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      Cantsay 8 years ago

      If the pacific islanders can pull it off I say we should all have a go at it :P Sarong, Sulu, kilt, skirt - men have been and are still wearing them now.

      I have a tiny short skirt I bought in Thailand, it's so short, shame i can't wear it out! LOL I might send you a pic Hope.

      Have a great day and thanks for another interesting hub :)

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

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      Mikk 8 years ago

      I live in the southeastern US on the coast and though extremely close to the Bible-Belt, its not unacceptable to wear a skirt as a man. The climate here is pretty warm year around so I wear wrap-around sarong/dresses and over the years have only been approached a couple of times, by women, both to inquire where i bought them from and complement me on how sexy it is to see a man unafraid to wear dress-type clothing in public. The fact that we're so close to the beach probably makes it easier for people to handle. I think anyone who thinks a man in a sarong should stay indoors should stop and think about it for a minute. You probably be fine with a man wrapping a towel around his waist after a shower or a dip in the pool, what makes a change in fabric so terrible?

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      Why not, breakfastpop? Men have been wearing skirts for centuries. Why need they stop now?

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Interesting Hub. Nice idea for a woman but not for a man, no way...

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      Tomgeekery 8 years ago

      Another person here who happened to sit down to this article in a wrap around skirt. In this case a sarong. It's been so hot here and it's not even Summer yet.

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      Micael, if you're still around, can you leave your email address here please? Those are some great pictures and I would love to know more about them...

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      micael 8 years ago

      thought you would like to see this fashion editorial from Brasil, I modelled my own clothes

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      Nanciboy 8 years ago

      Oh, what a timely posting (as I am sitting in front of my computer in my wrap around skirt from Forever21).

      Like you wrote Hope, they are perfect for solving sizing problems. I'm between two sizes from my favorite vendor and they claim a 2" difference in the waist size from a 6 to an 8 (US). But with an elastic waist or wrap skirt I'm good to go. :-)

      Now Mr. Deeds - any self respecting skirt wearning man would carry their pocket knife and chewing tobacco in their purse. It also carries your wallet and keys.

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Where would I carry my pocket knife and chewing tobacco? On the other hand it might be easier to hide my heat (handgun) in a skirt than in my jeans!