Mens Skirts, Seattle is Fashion Forward!

Toby, I didn't know you were also a part-time skirt model....

For everyone who needs their Fashion Friday fix, I don’t know about the rest of you, but the highlight of watching Men’s fashion week for me is catching a glimpse of the occasional shirtless model glistening as he struts down the runway.

So I was greatly disappointed to not only see that all the models were with their shirts on, they also had on 3-D glasses, vampire-esque clothing, and skirts.

Continue after the jump for more on what the models were (and weren’t) wearing….

Two weeks ago, Men’s fashion week was off in Milan for the Spring-Summer 2011 line. Men’s fashion week is not as popularized as their female counterparts, but is nonetheless interesting to watch and see what trends are up and coming.

Why hello there Edward Cullen

Yohji Yamamoto’s Spring 2010 line (photo at left) decided to capitalize on the “Twilight” phenomenon. Isn’t the whole “vampire-chic” craze over yet? I thought we’d be onto werewolves by now.

Wigs were seen on the Vivienne Westwood models as well as “groovy” stripped suits and floral accents. Mr. Powers would be proud. Yeah, baby, yeah.

Comme Des Garçons did us all the favor of bringing back the man skirt. A fashion that was once only worn by the Scottish, male models are now strutting down the runway with a nice cross breeze.

Turns out, Seattle has actually been setting the pace for these so-called “tastemakers” in such Provincial places as “Milan” and “Paris” (we’re not even sure that last one exists – editor). At the West Seattle Junction Fest this past weekend, I was surprised to see how ahead of the times our own Seattle-ites are. I could count numerous men wearing skirts without any apprehension.

It accentuates his calves....

While speaking to my fellow colleague and booth companion, I found out the man skirt has long been tradition among hikers and outdoors-men. Apparently, since the skirt is open, it allows for a comfortable hiking experience on a hot day. TMI? Perhaps, but as the old adage goes – form follows function.

Even one of our own from Capitol Hill was seen sporting the mirt? The man skirt….however you want to say it, it’s a real, live thing!

Trying to avoid weird formatting by adding lines in!

Work it!

Get it!

He's rocking it


8 Responses to “Mens Skirts, Seattle is Fashion Forward!”

  1. 1 BobM
    July 17, 2010 at 3:39 am

    This is an idea whose time has finally come. I hike a lot and have not worn any kind of pant on the trail in over ten years. Kilts at first, but now mostly light denim skirts unless the weather is cold.

  2. 2 Kelly
    August 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Seeing men in skirts has made me kind of ill. I like being a female and being able to wear something that men can’t! And hairy legs? come on!

  3. August 16, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Some sexy skottish skirts! Will they come into fashion soon? Possibly…

  4. 4 al
    August 31, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Not sure what a skirt has to do with being female ? Men very much can wear a skirt type clothing and it looks good on them and in a number of cases better than women

  5. 5 jo
    September 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Kelly must not ever wear pants because men like to be able to wear something women can’t! 🙂 Not a lot of logic in her statement.

  6. 6 martinus
    September 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I am getting sick of that people saying a piece around womens waist is sexy, at the same time around men’s waist is weird. It is a kind of dressing people like to go with, and if we are really free in our opinion we just have to accept. It is common sense when men wearing skirts and dresses even it’s not a common thing in “westernized” hemisphere (I did not say culture!). What could be better for the male body-shape than skirts? Tell me!
    What designers are doing in this case is a try – instead of just critizing we should have BETTER ideas getting men out of boring stereotyped and uniformized dressing behavoir (it is not a style – it is just pants which are all the same at the end).

    • 7 Breanna
      October 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      Kelly, I’d you want to be really girlish you have to to wear long dresses only. No pants of course, no skirts or short dresses, all that stuff women took from men’s wardrobe. It’s only 200 years ago that we changed that.
      But the highest cultures in this world showed us, that men wore skirts forever and still more than 50% of all men still wearing skirts. Please let me know were your point is.
      And what’s about rethinking masculinity?

  7. 8 King Arthur
    December 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Breanna, you talking about history but almost nobody know about that facts. We have to face what’s going on streets, what people believe is what they see. The only way men can go back to their rights is just going skirted in public as often as possible.
    My experience is that people react very positive seeing a skirted man, because they face it. People who writing comments in blogs often just hiding or be anonymous. They give no reason, they can’t discuss, just writing something, even not in complete sentences.
    I think that men will do their way going back to their best for their body fitting wardrobe and that is the skirt.

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