I really want to talk about this MEN IN SKIRTS phenomenon.
Not all trends make it from the runway to the masses, so if we were only seeing man-skirts on the runways of Comme des Garcons or Yohji Yamamoto (two Japanese designers known for pushing the boundaries of avant garde to spectacular, if sometimes unsettling, results) it might be ignored. But skirts, and culottes so huge they looked like skirts, also popped up at Rick Owens, Givenchy, and even the ever-salable Michael Kors. To quote my sister, “Whaddafuhhh?”
It might be a few seasons, or a few years, but it’s coming, guys… We’re already seeing fashionable dudes on the street wearing extra long layers that have a dress-like effect. It’s commmming.
Speaking of androgyny.. it has finally arrived in my brain. I’m glad it took its sweet time, because I needed the extra hours to figure out how the hell to pull it off. I’ve only seen two people today and already have two compliments on my new sweater, which I may or may not have picked up from the Menswear section at Urban. So I’m thinking those were extra hours well spent.
Pulling off men’s clothing is tricky tricky business… Got to be careful lest you fall into cross-dressing territory.. but with blazers, oversized blouses and dropped shoulder seams already saturating the mass-market, making the jump into actual menswear isn’t so far fetched.
This striped sweater, for example, is a men’s XL. The shoulder seams hit below my bicep giving it an exaggerated rounded shoulder, and the thin, waffle-like knit lends itself to a feminine drape. I’m obsessing over the super long sleeves. Who needs gloves?!
Here I’ve paired it with this INSANE and awesome fringe skirt I just bought.. it’s not perfect yet, I know, but I love the idea of a casual, oversized sweater with this evening, and extremely feminine flapper skirt. Maybe something cropped….