Masculine Feminine


Clockwise from top left: Tokyo streets; Alexander McQueen F/W 09; Actor Ed Westwick at “Dressed to Kilt” celebrity fashion show, April ’09; Tokyo streets; Marc Jacobs in New York; Telfar F/W 09; Alan Cummings; New York streets. 

As evident from recent runways in Europe and Japan, a much more feminine silhouette in the form of a skirt or kilt has been creeping its way into the directional men’s market for quite some time. Stylesight correspondents from all over the world have also been capturing the daring fashionistos in growing numbers each month. Almost all who have attempted the look agree on one thing: the look MUST be balanced out with rugged and masculine styles like work boots, tailored jackets and neckties in order to avoid looking like Boy George circa 1984. Marc Jacobs has even taken to wearing a kilt every single day, no matter if he’s in New York, Brazil or Paris.

The growing acceptance of such an item really speaks to a larger trend at hand, that of innovations to the silhouettes that affect a man’s body. While it will probably be a long time before guys in Milwaukee sport a skirt, it will be interesting to see where the trend goes next.

Check out this recent Must Have list and this Key Items report from the F/W 09 runways to see more examples.

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