The Man’s Skirt in History


The Man’s Skirt in History:

The Beginnings

Skirts have been worn since prehistoric times.

They were the standard garment for men and women in all cultures.

Since the invention of writing, they have been registered as the main types of clothing for men in fur skirts called “Kaunakes”. 

From the findings found it emerged that even during the empire of Egypt the main garment used by men was the skirt. 

The Skirt mostly used was the model in white linenover of various lengths taking various names such as: “shendyt” and “Skentis”, the latter garment used by the noblest as scribes and pharaohs.

In ancient Greece, on the other hand, it was the “khiton”, the main garment used by men and women, a long “T” dress tied at the waist with a belt. 

The Romans, with known Greek influences in their culture, also took the way of dressing of the Greeks, using widely different types of skirts also applying them to their armies.

The Man’s Skirt in History:

Pants instead of skirts 

Things changed when tailoring techniques became more refined and evolved and the first trousers and tights were created that took the place of skirts in men’s clothing.

This coincided with the French and Industrial Revolutions and the beginning of the Victorian era.

In this period bright colors and luxurious fabrics that accompanied pompous skirts worn by French monarchs gave way to sober and simpler clothing like trousers.

This phenomenon has been defined by the English psychologist John Flügel as “The Great Male Renunciation”:

“From now on trousers will become the definitive clothing for men, while women will be forced to wear their essential frivolity because of the clothes and skirts they will have to wear”.

From the middle of the 20th century, the skirts were then placed in the male wardrobe and the trousers were replaced, leaving the Scottish kilt and the Albanian and Greek fustanella as the only traditional men’s skirts in Europe.


The Man’s Skirt in History:

The resistance

In the 1970s, David Hall, a former research engineer at the Stanford Research Institute, actively promoted the use of skirts for men.

In his essay “Skirts for Men: the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of body covering“, he opted for the fact that men had to wear skirts for both symbolic and practical reasons.

Symbolically, wearing skirts would allow men to assume the feminine desirable characteristics.

In practice, skirts, he suggested, do not rub around the groin, and are better suited to warm climates.

In 1985 the French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier created his first skirt for a man.

Transgressing social codes Gaultier frequently introduces the skirt into his men′s wear collections as a means of injecting novelty into male attire, most famously the sarong seen on David Beckham.

Other famous designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano, Kenzo, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto also created men’s skirts.

In the US Marc Jacobs became the most prominent supporter of the skirt for men.

The Milan men′s fashion shows and the New York fashion shows frequently show skirts for men.

Many show business and music personalities wore a men’s skirt such as Jonathan Davis, the solo singer of the Korn, the singer of the Guns N ‘Roses’, Axl Rose, was known to wear men’s skirts.

Robbie Williams and Martin Gore from Depeche Mode also performed on stage in skirts.

Martin Gore was often seen in public with skirts.

In an interview, he said:

“Sex barriers and gender roles are outdated. My girlfriend and I often share our clothes and makeup.”

In 2003, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited an exhibition, organized by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda of the Museum’s Institute of Costumes and sponsored by Gaultier, entitled Courageous Hearts: Men in Skirt. (Here the article

The idea of the exhibition was to explore how different groups and individuals (from hippies to pop stars to designers) have promoted the idea that men wear skirts as “the future of men’s clothing”.

The exhibition highlighted the lack of a “natural bond” between a garment and the masculinity or femininity of the wearer, citing kilt as “one of the most powerful, versatile and durable forms of skirt, often considered by designers as the symbol of natural, uninhibited masculinity”.

He pointed out that male designers and trousers use skirts for three purposes: to break conventional moral and social codes, to redefine the ideal of masculinity and to inject new ideas into men’s fashion.

In 2008, an association was created in France to help relaunch the men’s skirt, and the heat also encouraged its use.

In June 2013, Swedish drivers won the right to wear skirts in summer, when their cabins can reach 35°C (95°F), while in July 2013, parents supported the kids wearing skirts at the Gowerton Comprehensive School in Wales.

The Man’s Skirt in History:

Other cultures

In non-western cultures, men’s clothing includes skirts and skirt-like garments such as “dhoti/veshti” or “lungi” in India, and sarong in South and Southeast Asia, and Sri Lanka.

In Myanmar, both women and men wear a longyi, a tubular skirt as enveloping as a sarong that goes all the way to the ankles for women and half a calf for men.

In sub-Saharan Africa, clothing sometimes worn by men is known as kanga In Madagascar, it is known as lamba.

For the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Muslim men wear the ihram, a simple and seamless garment in white cotton sponge.

One piece is wrapped in the shape of a skirting board around the lower half of the body, the other is thrown freely on one shoulder.

Sheep farmers in Qahtani, southern Asir, wear skirt shaped kicks that are long to the ankle.

In Yemen standard dress is a calf length, wraparound skirt, the futah. Palestinians from the Eastern Mediterranean traditionally wear the qumbaz, a unisex garment at the ankle, which opens to the bottom of the front with the right side carried over the left, under the arm and then closed.

In East Asia, skirts that are called qun (裙) or chang (裳) in Chinese were also worn by men and dresses from ancient times until the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911.

The Qin warriors of the first dynasty of imperial China wore a skirt tunic and a protective armor of bronze plates

In Japan there are two types of hakama for men: The humanori type has split legs, similar to skirts- pants and the hakama andon.

Until 1940, hakama was a compulsory part of ordinary menswear.

Today Japanese men usually wear hakama only on formal occasions such as tea ceremonies, weddings and funerals.

Hakama is also worn by practitioners of a variety of martial arts, such as kendo.

Man’s Skirt in History: 


In 2018, something unexpected happens.

The Modefabriek fashion fair in Amsterdam chooses men’s skirts as the theme for the men’s area!

Under the invitation of Spike Spijker, the curator of the fair and founder of the brand Jouez Les Enfants, the main exponents of men’s skirts in Europe and their brands are invited:

Marc Point, founder of Marc Point

Gerold Brenner, the ambassador of men’s skirts in the world, and founder of Berold Brenner

Spike Spijker, founder of the brand Jouez Les Enfants

Davide Giannuzzi, founder of Mr. Kirt

During the three days of the fair, each designer’s garments are exhibited and the area attracts a lot of interest, curiosity and appreciation among the fair’s public.

Man’s Skirt in History:

The Future

The future of men’s skirts will be more and more prosperous.

The world is almost ready to accept this new trend, and men’s skirts will become the new fashion for men.

In addition, this garment will give new life to all fashion, breaking the barriers between the female and male wardrobes.

The future of men’s skirts is now, and it is of those who decide to undertake this battle of style.

By choosing to wear Mr. Kirt, you will take your first step towards victory!


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29 Responses

  1. Your article shares the same ideas and hopes with a few people.
    Seeing that some men and women around the world also point out in the article that men wear skirts, this is absolutely no way to change
    I also embrace the concept of gender equality and hope to do and use history to entrain social psychology (read Adler’s individual psychology) to “apply psychology”
    At present, I also wear skirts and dresses every day.It takes some time to adjust our view of the world to have the courage to slowly come out.The clothing itself has no gender.
    I stand with women, and I also walk for gender equality.
    Kind regards from Taiwan!

  2. Sigh, pants were caused by horseback riding—not by the French Revolution, the Parthians and Mongols wore them centuries earlier. In AD 378 at the Battle of Adrianople in the eastern Balkans, the Romans were badly beaten by trousered cavalrymen, and in AD 393 Emperor Theodosius I decreed men in pants be exiled and their property confiscated as they were viewed as political subversives. 125 years before the French Revolution, King Louis XIV sent 4,000 soldiers to defend the Austrian frontier against a Turk invasion (mutual defense pact). The French wore beards and “Rhinegraves” invented in Germany and known in England as “petticoat breeches,” the Turks were defeated. The last USA Presidential contender to wear a skirt as a boy was Mike Dukakis (Greek costume) as seen in People Magazine. The World War Two factory work is what broke the back of resistance to women wearing pants—18 million USA women wore pants, nearly all of them for the first time. Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn movies had next to nothing to do with women transitioning to pants.

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  5. In addition to men returning back to wearing “skirts” also requires the need to re-evaluate what is/ isn’t MASCULINE because along with the various changes men have made in the history of male fashion, men have disreguarded not just skirts but other garments and styles once aceptable now dismissed as “feminine”.
    Such garments and styles includes the leotard invented by a French acrobatist who’s lastname was Leotard, the one-piece swimsuit once worn during the first 30 or 40 years of the 1900’s before the adoption of going shirtless and wearing boardshorts for swimming trunks. Hosery weren’t just sock for men, much of what women wore and still wear were once either shared with men as unisex long before the term was even invented or the garment was adopted after men disreguarded it as feminine.
    Another garment/ actually a styled shirt was those ‘sailor collared’ uniform shirts. These shirts ORIGINALLY wear worn by obviously sailors but during a time when boys began to be dressed like there fathers or male adults, sailor collared shirts became a trend. Shortly after it then became a unisexed trend for the girls as well as the women before it eventually became a novelty look and was adopted in Japan in combination with a skirt to form what we became familiar with as the Japanese ‘school girl uniform’ or familiarly in media Sailor Moon.
    Knee high boots and thigh high short aka “short shorts” but more commonly plain ‘shorts’ both of which were once worn right up through the 80’s roughly by the late 80’s to the begining of the 90’s boots and short-shorts were too droped and/or dismissed as feminine as we are familiar with seeing on women today.
    So, what is the matter? The mental perception among men that picks and chooses what is masculinine & what is feminine has constantly been changing for some time while in the greater mass of society once some thing once worn by men has been dismissed as feminine usually has a hard time rebounding back into the mind as “acceptable” again in men’s wear.
    The true trouble with masculininty isn’t just the attitude and outlook of what is accepted as “manly” but it fosters to men’s evolving insecurities among the men therefore as previously mentioned guys wearing skirts, short-shorts, even sailor collared shirts if a number of guys feel embarrassed to wear those garments/styles then the perception and attitude begins to change and what was once acceptable becomes unacceptable with it what was once masculine or unisex becomes feminine and that attitude/perception grows among men till all guys perceive it and accept that belief disreguarding past proof what they perceive as wasn’t always that way.
    So by tearing down the wall of current madculinity and re-evaluting what is masculine not by evolving insecurities or changed attitudes and perceptions like what was once accepted but evaluating masculinity with educated proof. That same proof that dictates human’s abilties. If it was done before it can be done again.

  6. Hopefully this will be posted on your blog i personally have worn skirts myself and look forward to your skirts when available.

    1. Hi Tony, of course it’s going to be published! Thank you so much for your comment, give an eye that skirts are available. If you have any special requirements, please contact me in private by email 😉

  7. So Mr Kirt You’ve said You sell skirts for men. However, as I can see, Your best selling product is “skirt pants”, a trousers that look a little bit like skirt. Where’s the logic? Men, have important reasons to switch back to skirted garment, not to skirt-like things. Skirt (a kilt for example) provides outstanding level of comfort, unlike a “skirt pants”, but there’s something more else, Trousers,, including “skirt pants” increase risk of testicular cancer, CANCER!!!, infirtility. Sorry, I have my kilts, I don’t need a skirt pants. 🙂 Freedom!

    1. Dear Patryk, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

      I’m sorry that those who wear skirts (kilt) for more noble reasons such as those related to health focus on the model of skirt pants and not on all other models of our skirts.

      Having said that, I’m sorry, but the information you have is wrong, as our best seller is Almon, our unisex and onesize skirt and not the skirts pants.
      (The skirt pants is only the most reviewed.)

      I also don’t understand how you can say that our trouser skirt is not comfortable without ever wearing it.

      Finally, I’m pleased that you wear the skirt (kilt) for noble reasons related to health, but, I wanted to remind you, we here sell fashion, not hospital items.


  8. Sigh, equestrianism put men into pants literally centuries before the Industrial Revolution and the Reign of Terror which was a backlash against aristocrats, who could afford fancy clothes. The use of the horse, by itself alone, accounts for 95% of the causation of men in pants; cold climates make up the rest.

    1. Hi Charlie,

      I don’t entirely agree with you, the horses were already domesticated in ancient Egypt, and yet the skirt was still worn, so in the days of the Romans / Greeks.

  9. I for one am looking forward to the popular emergence of skirt wearing for men. I am highly considering a purchase from Mr. Kirt, the only thing holding me back is the consideration that it might be a hoax.

    1. Hi Robert, thanks for the comment! In what sense do you think it could be a hoax? Mr. Kirt is a real brand and we really do sell men’s skirts. I can understand that the thing is strange but we really believe in this article and how you hope that in the future we will see more and more men with skirts!

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