Monday, December 6, 2010

Skirt of the Month: Long, Leather Skirt!

With the cooler season approaching, I thought I would highlight a perfect skirt for the season. Long, leather skirts are elegant, stylish and very comfortable. I mostly wear light fabrics for contra dancing, but this long, leather skirt is wonderful for a cool, winter day.

This skirt looks great paired with a nice sweater and perhaps some boots. As a guy, it took me a little while to taking smaller steps in this, but I have gotten used to it after awhile.

I hope to get the confidence to wear it to a party or concert some day, but for now, I'll just wear it around the house.

Skirty’s Pep Talk

Guys wearing skirts is not so unusual as some may think.

I created this blog earlier this year to help build confidence and to show that more guys are wearing skirts today. Many of them are showing up at Contra Dances in skirts. There are usually a couple of guys wearing skirts and kilts these days at most Contra Dances in North America.

If you look at some of the video posts on the bog, you’ll find a large range of colors, styles and lengths of skirts that the guys are wearing. Most of the dancers are usually open-minded and sometimes even will complement guys on their skirts. I was nervous about wearing a long skirt to my first dance, but soon found the biggest barrier was in my mind.

I began wearing kilts years ago and was amazed at how comfortable they were. Later, a friend convinced me to wear a long skirt for Halloween and I’ve been wearing them ever since. I wear them for comfort and because I don’t like to feel restricted by the limited color choice and styles in pants.

It has been well documented that men have been wearing skirts/dresses/tunics for hundreds of years. In many countries around the world, skirts are still worn by men today such as sarongs, etc.

I purchased my first skirts at thrift stores and it took me a long time to wear them outside the house. A number of friends have been encouraging for me to wear my skirts more often. I built my confidence up slowly and have really enjoyed wearing them at Contra Dances, where I can spin and twirl my skirts. While I’m usually skirted at home, I’m cautious about where I wear my skirts and make sure that it is somewhere I am comfortable with.

I hope that this blog inspires many to try a skirt. I’m glad I have and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Holiday Wish List: Purple Broomstick Skirt

This skirt is at the top of my holiday wish list. I love the purple color and think this will be fabulous for contra dancing. A color so vibrant as this will definitely make a person stand out at a dance. These type of skirts are so comfortable and excellent for spinning and twirling at a contra dance. The elastic waist makes it fit most everyone. The first skirt I wore out to party was a broomstick skirt like this, but in black. I received complements all night (and a lot of questions :) )

Which skirt is on your holiday wish list?

Contra Dancing in Skirts

Long, flowing skirts are the best for Contra Dancing. They are comfortable and a lot of fun to dance in.