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SKIRTS AND THE MEN WEARING THEM

| May 16, 2020 | one comment

It will interest you to know that wearing of skirts started way back with men before women began putting them on. The skirt has been an item of clothing for men for centuries and is seen as a symbol of masculinity.

There are several countries around the world that have the skirt as a part of men’s wardrobe. Here is a list of 5 countries in this category.

Scotland

The kilt is a traditional outfit popular with Gaelic men and boys in the Scottish Highlands. It is a knee-length skirt with pleats which usually comes in tartan or plaid fabric. Men wearing skirts (kilts) in Scotland is normal and they are mostly worn during formal occasions and weddings. In recent times, Scottish men have cultivated the habit of wearing them casually or for informal occasions.

The Kilt

Burma

Burma, modern day Myanmar is located in Southern East Asia. The wrap-around cloth, called Longyi which their men tie around their hips with a knot on the belly looks like a skirt. The 2 meters long and 0.8 meters wide traditional cloth is very comfortable to walk in.

A longyi
A longyi paired with traditional Burmese top

Bhutan

Bhutan is also located in South Asia. Bhutanese men have a traditional and national wear (a skirt) known as ‘Gho’ which is usually paired with a pair of knee-length socks.
According to Telegraph, UK, in 1989 a strict dress code was enforced across Bhutan, with violators subjected to heavy fines. Men were required to wear a Gho, a knee-length robe tied at the waist, and women a Kira, an ankle-length sari-like garment accompanied by a light jacket known as a Tego.

Nowadays, the rules are more relaxed and the dress is only mandatory in government offices, schools, monasteries and during important functions.

Bhutanese men in Gho
A Bhutanese woman in Kira

Fiji

A kilt-like garment called ‘Sulu’ has been worn by men and women in Fiji since colonisation by the missionaries in the nineteenth century. It is Fiji’s national dress which they wear to church, work, school or other occasions, and are either patterned or plain.
Fijians wear Sulu to indicate their conversion to Christianity.

A Fijian military man in Sulu

Greece

The pleated, knee-length, skirt-like garment known as ‘Fustanella’ or kilt is worn by Greek men for ceremonial events and was a sign of a specific manhood back in the nineteenth century. It also became part of Greek’s military attire. The Fustanella is also worn in Balkans.

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Esther Ogundare is a graduate of Biochemistry, a certified fashion designer, instructor, writer and public speaker with over 10 years experience in the industry. She is the Creative Director of Esolto Couture, a fashion house located in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also keen on youth and women empowerment. Esther is a Contributor at Befenchy's creativity and lifestyle media, Fashion Appraisal where she writes about everything fashion, beauty, and business of fashion.

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