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How To Prove Your Manliness Whilst Wearing A Skirt

Updated on May 30, 2010

Many men like the idea of wearing skirts, but worry that their masculine image will be tainted if they do so. Fortunately, a skirt is just one part of an outfit, and there are a myriad of ways in which you can wear a skirt whilst also looking undeniably masculine.

Epic Facial Hair

By growing epic mountain man facial hair, you will ensure that everybody around you knows that you are not only exceptionally manly, but potentially unpredictable. There's something in the human psyche that makes us simultaneously admire and fear manly facial hair, the more prolific, the more we admire and fear it. There is after all, something inherently primal about growing the man hair on your face, it's an undeniably signaler of masculinity, even if food does occasionally get stuck in your beard and set up its own little ecosystems.

Ride A Horse

Master a powerful beast and nobody will be able to deny that you are incredibly manly. Horses are not only powerful, but also have an allure for women that will make you irresistible. Make sure that you tie your horse up securely when doing the grocery shopping, the economy is tough at the moment and there are horse rastlers everywhere.

Paint Your Face Blue

Painting your face blue and shouting 'FREEDOM' worked for Mel Gibson, and I see absolutely no reason why it shouldn't work for you in much the same way. Your place of work may have some dress codes that prohibit blue face paint, so check with HR, aka: Guardians of Protocol before you go down this electrifying dress avenue.

Non Insane / Life Altering Options

If none of these options appeal to you, you can simply try integrating skirts into common 'masculine' outfits. Wear a skirt with a shirt and a tie, you're going to look masculine because you're a male and your body is built along male lines. You don't have the curves or proportion ratios of a female. Clothing does not define gender.

Testosterone is a miraculous thing and males, no matter what they're wearing, are usually quite obviously males. Even those who transition across gender lines need extensive hormonal treatment and oftentimes plastic surgery on noses and jaw lines in order to look feminine.

Whats my point? You're going to look manly in a skirt because you're a man in a skirt. You don't need to prove your masculinity to the world in other ways. As long as you're not dressing in drag and dancing the hula, people worth associating with are going to figure out sooner or later that a skirt is just another piece of clothing that can be worn by men or women.


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      8 years ago

      But...what alot of us men are after when we wear a skirt is to prove our feminine sides! After all, despite all we try to the contrary, we are trapped in these masculine-reeking bodies. Wholeness and joy come from allowing the femme persona hidden inside all men to peek out a little. I have no interest at all in looking manly in a skirt...quite the opposite. However I don't believe for a moment I could pass for a woman, and for myself that is not the goal either. What is the goal, simply the truth: we are a mixture of genders and if your plumbing is male, then the female part is the part that needs nourishing for spiritual and emotional fullness.

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      8 years ago

      I've been wearing skirts secretly indoors for years. However, I've come to the conclusion that unless more men get out there in a skirt things are never going to change. At age 47 and living in England, I have never seen a man wearing a skirt in my life. By that I mean incorporating a skirt into everyday clothing rather than for fetish or fancy dress reasons.

      I recently wore a skirt for the first time in public on a solo 4 day hiking and camping trip. The British hills are windy and my wife assured me I'd hate wearing a skirt outdoors because of the wind. Wrong, I couldn't have been more comfortable. The skirt I wore was a tasteful A line, knee length, beige cargo skirt. I wore it with walking boots, socks, and bare unshaven legs. I wore a nylon slip under the skirt to prevent chafing.

      By day 4 I'd actually passed very few people so I forced myself to walk through a popular nature reserve. The reserve was entered down a set of stone steps by a waterfall. At this point the wind dropped suddenly and the skirt, which had moulded itself to my legs for the last 4 days, all of a sudden relaxed and became noticeably flairy and feminine. I felt like a bit of an idiot walking down the steps, they were steep and the last thing I wanted was to fall and get even more noticed at this point. By now there was no going back and I had to walk the mile and a half out of the reserve passing plenty of people. I got what I thought were a few funny looks and some people clearly did not want to say hello to me, however others did, either they simply didn't notice the skirt or weren't bothered. One thing is for certain, most people did notice and I can't be sure what emotions people felt, but I seemed to sense embarrassment and discomfort in some people. I wished I'd had a camera mounted on my pack to see people turning round to look after I'd passed. Nobody actually mentioned the skirt and I avoided the normal conversations I usually start with people when hiking.

      Will I be wearing a skirt for hillwalking again? You bet. I reckon most men would be hooked on skirts if they were brave enough to try one outdoors.

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      8 years ago

      Even the manliness has nothing to do with facial hair at all (see far East men) you are right. No two men would look like the same in the identical skirt - but they look similar (uniform) in the same pants. How come?

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      8 years ago

      A person can put together different ideas of cordinating skirts with other outer wear which dosen't take away the masculine look for a man.

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      Hope Alexander 

      8 years ago

      Great comment Lee, some truly useful tips there!

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      8 years ago

      I mix and match my skirts with male, shirts, hoodies, T-shirts, vests, tanktops and my favorite, chunky knit sweaters in the colder months. I tend to stick with, denim or similar fabric skirts, ususally knee length. Although I recently bought some shorter pleated denimskirts, that look almost gladitorial, with the right footwear. Sandals look especially good. I have short hair, but usually have facial hair. I'm also 6'1" and athletically built, so any chance of looking feminine, would be impossible. I wear skirts most of the time and look masculine. Great Hub by the way. Thanks. Keep em coming.


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