Skirts High Fashion Amongst Japanese Men

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The latest fashion amongst Japan’s notoriously effete men is none other than the skirt, with men about the fashionable districts of Shinjuku often to be seen wearing long or even short skirts.

Staff from a Tokyo fashion shop hold forth: “There are quite a few men who wear skirts you know. A while back there was the ‘Comme de Garcons’ fashion of skirts for men, but lately this has spread to the mainstream.” The shop handles a variety of brands aimed at men and women.

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Men are overwhelmingly said to be preferring long skirts, though some prefer short skirts, sometimes with trousers worn underneath. One marketer for top Gothic brand Eichi Naoto concedes that while they offer no skirts specifically for men, “The cases where men buy skirts for ladies stand out,” with long black skirts a top seller.

The crossdressing action masquerading as high fashion does not end there:

“Unisex is becoming a keyword in men’s fashion. ‘Skinny pants’ aren’t just for women, now men wear them too, and with the advance in fashion gender men increasingly don’t feel a problem with wearing a skirt.

Skirt wearing men started increasing in the fashionable areas like Shinjuku a few years ago, and there are men who wear high heel boots too.

They probably became aware of how there are so many fashion items for women which show a good sense of style.

By the way, it looks like when they wear skirts they prefer to remove the hair on their legs.”

Top Japanese fashion blog “Elastic” conducted a survey of its readers, and of some 1,300 responses, 40% thought men wearing skirts were “ari,” they have “it.”

Skirt wearers offered their opinions: “I have four Comme de Garcon skirts. I wear them to wine bars,” “I wear them. It’s fun to press back the boundaries of fashion!”

On the other hand even some fashionistas disapprove: “Men wearing skirts still feels wrong,” “You can’t wear them normally. If I wore one I couldn’t go to university.”

Via Itai News.

2ch offers its own opinions:

“No! No!”

“I thought this was Scotland for a moment…”

“Impossible. These guys are idiots.”

“Gross.”

“I saw one in town, it was sick. Honestly, I thought he was some transvestite.”

“There was one at uni, but everyone around recoiled…”

“I’m often around Shinjuku. I haven’t seen any, where are they at?”

“Shinjuku Ni-cho-me.”

“Another boom?”

“This is gross. Don’t be spreading this around please, mass media.”

“I think you may be arrested in some cases.”

“I’m a woman… Maybe with someone really stylish this could work, but I wouldn’t want to be seen with them.”

“You hikikomori had better get out and take a look at the streets. There’s a surprising number of them. I even saw some in Akihabara.”

“You sure they weren’t just ugly women?”

“Garment makers are so desperate they are trying to get men to buy skirts…”

“If you are an old guy you’ll be reported.”

“Look at that picture. It’s too disgusting.”

“The age has finally caught up with me.”

“Sure someone hasn’t been paid to write this by the skirt makers?”

“I’m sick of the mass media making this stuff up.”

“Wear a skirt and urinate sitting down. Japan’s end is nigh.”

“I won’t accept anything which isn’t a kilt.”

“There was a fashion like this ten years ago. Lasted a year.”

“This is going to be reported overseas and cause a stir again, isn’t it? Like the men’s bra…”


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    Comment by Draken
    04:04 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think I'm gonna be sick...

    Avatar of aldwin30
    Comment by Metalbunny
    Comment by Mopantsu
    03:32 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Scots and the Greeks have been doing this for years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to the start of the new millennium.
    It may already be 9 years in, but by the end, the roles of the men and women will have switched and we will start needing support to protect the innocence of the men. And terms like "otaku" will generally refer to the female side who lust after the cute male characters, dressing them up in cute skirts and pantsu, just to visually rape them, especially if they are shota. Sankakucomplex.com may or may not exist, but if it still does, it will be targeted towards mostly women with the select few men who lurk the site, surprising everyone when they reveal their gender.

    /vision

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    03:05 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *facepalm**facepalm**facepalm**facepalm**facepalm*

    Comment by goodyfun
    07:01 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Once again, the people of the Internet are pussies. Men can totally rock a skirt. I knew a guy who ran a T-shirt related shop who looked great in one. Of course, most people thought he was a girl before he talked, but he still looked great.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I used to know a guy who habitually wore androgynous skirts, he looked manly yet great in them. But then again he was the tall, lean type of guy.

    Comment by Constantine
    09:11 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ummm, those are actually just feminists...

    Comment by Jitensha
    04:47 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember seeing some men in skirts when I lived in Japan...had to do a double take XD LOL. I actually do believe I saw my first in Shibuya, so maybe they're spreading :P

    Comment by Zeonista
    05:54 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I now understand all of the posts here concerning the surveys wherein Japanese women rip Japanese men for not being manly. I suppose at a certain point both Japanese genders will stop having sex with each other and vanish, like Tolkien's Elves.

    American (and other overseas) men here, especially those not given to wearing skirts, our big chance has arrived! Time to start the website to get Japanese women to meet us! That way said Japanese women can meet, date, and marry men who will love them, cherish them, screw them silly, and let them wear all the skirts.

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    Comment by Aeromax
    17:10 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think if Japanese women saw the way people act in the rest of the world they'd be all too glad to go back to Japanese men

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 06/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe if they wore utilikilts instead.

    Ya panty-waisted goat farts!

    Comment by chindogu
    02:19 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the skirt looks fine. the white tennis shoes were a terrible choice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Nimas
    01:41 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    First the man bags, now skirts man japnese men are really trying hard to be the biggest fags on the planet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to see a fairly attractive man try to pull this off before making a judgment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. The alleged man in that photo is awful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otakus:

    CULTURAL INTOLERANCE IS COOOOOOOL.

    Let them wear what they want for fuck's sake. Half of the things I have on my computer would disgust a good portion of the population at some point.

    /e rolls eyes

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because Male Skirts are a key element in Japanese cultural dress.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Culture changes. Once upon a time tights were a manly garb, now it's seen as a female garb. Things will always change and evolve, and there's nothing you can do about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is a fad, not a cultural shift. Learn the difference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I got a boner... crap

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol i actually sometimes wear skirts. they feel very comfy when its hot, you know. nice breeze cooling down your nether regions is aaaawesome

    anyone who disagrees will automatically be a fag

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    Comment by あずにゃん大好き
    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For all that guys which don't agree with the men's skirt... It's your problem. Nobody could tell me a real reason why men should not wear a skirt, the only garment that keeps male's bodies healthy and comfortable.
    Even really humans can write what's about the sex or gender when wearing a skirt.... how about pants, then?
    Amazingly people try to have an opinion..... related on what? I never would believe people"s culture can sink down so much. How about independence, freedom of clothes, speech - without turning models, people or fashion into a invisible cage?
    Mara

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good thoughts, Mara. Indeed, never could me give an answer why men should not wear skirts and dresses. There is no answer, so men just should do it. But I know also, that most men do not have enough courage to go in skirts, even they would do it. For what they are afraid to? No idea. Invisible cage!!!

    And a lot of the comments are useless. It is an opinion without knowledge. Just NOTHING1 Usually people writing whe n they have enough background information, checked pro's and con's and have a solution.
    gogo

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    Comment by cician
    08:51 26/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    watch out for traps!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc8QVCkPrsw

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 26/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    man in short skirt

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IwD9YBiayMo/R009kMDAmkI/AAAAAAAAAJk/KQrl-QhzvY0/s320/silat%2B1.jpg [http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IwD9YBiayMo/R009kMDAmkI/AAAAAAAAAJk/KQrl-QhzvY0/s320/silat+1.jpg]

    erm ... wait .. issit? :P

    Comment by iPood
    18:06 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “I won’t accept anything which isn’t a kilt.”

    I second this, though I haven't tried any of those either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    its the crab people's doing... soon they will invade japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by MusicalNote
    15:28 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    YES I SAY! YES! There will be a massive amount of ugly men wearing skirts, true, but it's not like that stops ugly women. Think, however, of all the glorious traps that could come about if this is done right?
    I know, I live in a fantasy realm, but just imagining it gives me the urge to squeal like a fan girl.

    Obsession over traps aside, I see nothing wrong with this. I just hope it lasts. There are men who look quite keen in a skirt that isn't girly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 29/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not about Japan, it's about the freedom to wear what I want.
    Some of the comments are totally uselese, maybe they can't understand what the message want to tell.
    I am a skirt-wearer, and it is strange that nobody laughed at me, smiling, compliments every day, endless.
    Never I had this experience when wearing pants - no more comment neccessary. I was like the others, a uniformed mass particle, stereotype, boring. Now I am somebody, creative and people like it. I can talk about this kind of fashion because I wear it, I can build my opinion..... compare to those who only can talk about what they can imagine,

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 17/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Speaking as a Scot, this creeps me out a fair bit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 22/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh god, why can't they wear kilts?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 18/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Wear a skirt and urinate sitting down. Japan’s end is nigh.”

    Ha-ha.

    Oh wow.

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    Comment by icecoldgangstaa
    16:36 22/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ROFL! This is disturbing.... either these guys have a gender complex or are just plain stoopid!

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    Comment by LuckyCat
    07:58 02/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I could imagine it as a good fashion for priests with all black cloth. Long skirt of course. But not on anyone else, especially not as a street fashion....

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they look good, whatever. If they don't realise that they look horrible in it and wear it outside, then it's their embarrassment. None of our business, actually. If they want to, let them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:27 12/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I predict the shit will hit the fan when a lot of men start wearing short skirts and looking like traps

    Avatar of Vespertine Aspergerian Nincompoop
    01:50 01/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's true that women's clothing has more style to it than men's, but nobody should take it this far. Ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it is possible for women to wear trousers, why shouldn't it be possible for men to wear skirts? I'm a man, I've arrived in 2009, and I wear skirts!

    yours
    Klaus E. Mayer from Germany [http://www.paarblitz.de]

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, now the japanese are thinking themselves Scottish :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:27 14/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    not that i like this look, but didnt japanese men used to wear something like skirts in ancient japan? surprised no 2ch mentioned that.

    http://home.comcast.net/~DiazStudents/AncientJapanCostumes.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:19 28/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i find it cool to well wear a skirt. Am probably a weirdo well personaly i do BDSM so may be it make me open minded well probably cause am bi sexual too. But what i can understand is the term gross assosiate with a men in skirt i personnality find it sexy.... well it would probably be different if he weighted 300lbs but i would feel the same if it was a girl

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 19/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks very comfortable and good looking ! Nothing wrong with unisex clothing.

    Comment by Nezumi
    07:57 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Personally, I like this style. Femminine men are totally smexy. DO want. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Kyo
    10:07 07/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WAIT FOR IT.........

    WAIT FOR IT.........

    WAIT FOR IT.........








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