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Skirts Should Be a Normal Choice…for Both Women and Men in 2015
On Halloween weekend my boyfriend and I found ourselves driving down the street in Isla Vista -- the residential neighborhood near U. Santa Barbara -- stuck behind a row of five stumbling, mostly naked girls, their flesh glowing white in our headlights. Around us, the sidewalks were packed with bare thighs and midriffs, fluffy ruffled mini skirts, microscopic shorts, knee-highs, fishnets, bikini tops and bras. Girls in panties and football t-shirts ambled beside girls in panties and bunny ears. Boys, most fully dressed, wove dizzily in between them, crazy-eyed and over-stimulated. The weekend street party drew 30, people this year from all over the country, according to local news headlines.
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Not a skirt in sight unless we count Scottish kilts, which, outside of Scotland, feature only at weddings and other such formal occasions, anyway. My question is, why? Is it a question of gender normativity, lazy designers, or closed minds unwilling to accept new ideas? Inevitably, how we dress and what we wear affects how we feel — as they say, clothes make the man or the woman. But is something like a man wearing a skirt really so radical? The situation with men seems to be much more rigid.
The indisputable fact about skirts is that they are extremely comfortable to wear for both men and women. If one follows the cardinal rule of design; "form follows function", then it is obvious that the idea of restricting men from wearing skirts today is largely a fashion argument. Just as the idea of women wearing pant's can equally be argued as fashion in most casual living situations. Do clothes need to be gender-specific? Will the time ever come when fashion is simply fashion?