Men in Skirts… Fashionable TREND or Plain Silly?
These past few seasons, trendsetters like Marc Jacobs have been sporting skirts. Some Designers have been toying with the idea of putting men in skirts as seen in sporadic sightings here and there of bared-legged man walking the runaways and popping up at shows for a few seasons now. Never a trend, the skirt has always been associated with womenswear. However, as demonstrated throughout history, Men have always worn them. Fashion, in which ideas and designs have a cyclical movement of some sort, was never able to establish the skirt in a man’s wardrobe. Society can’t seem to accept it, and many think it feminizes the man and takes away from its primal image, a man of power and so forth. These out dated thoughts seem so passé in today’s modernized world yet; the skirt still can’t quite make it through. Money is the principal goal for fashion companies and if it’s not commercially viable, it will never see the light of day.
This being said, designers, for Spring 2012, have gone on the attack by predominantly showcasing the skirt; opening up the Givenchy show, closing the Rick Owens show, etc. Many influential brands & designers showed a least one skirt in their collection, thus forcing fashion editors and trend forecasters to call the skirt a trend in menswear these coming seasons. Will it fade or will it stick? Only time will tell.