Feminine Trends in Men's Fashion
I've lived through enough fashion trends to be OK with men wearing makeup. It was the '80s when all major rock bands wore makeup and wore their hair long. Anything and everything was approved fashion. I loved the way thick black eyeliner highlighted the stony blue in Bret Michael's (rock band: Poison) eyes.
In the '80s, makeup, hoop earrings for guys (my husband had them), long-haired perms, and other trends were considered completely normal for men. The 21st century statement for men in fashion seems to be "androgynous". There is a fluidity between genders on the rise.
Trends have changed over the years and usually for a particular reason other than likes and dislikes—some are about freedom of expression, culture, and societal and gender exploration.
Men and women displayed similar fashion interests in the '80s, too!
Whether or not it’s attractive, for some males, clothing and styles for men feel “restrictive." They can experience "gender role conflict," a psychological state in which restrictive definitions of masculinity limit men’s well-being and potential.
Skinny Jeans (Originally "Girl Jeans")
Guys of all types are sporting girls' jeans In a “skinny jean” style for men.
This trend can be attractive on men with thin frames, but it also reminds me of an experience I had with my guy friends.
One night I was attending a Basketball game with a couple of guy friends. Afterwards we were walking to our cars when suddenly the guys stopped dead in their tracks.
Well, of course I assume they're checking out a girl so I don't pay much attention, but I slip a curious glance her way. She was bent over, reaching for something in her car, wearing I-can't-believe-she-can-still-breathe tight jeans.
The object of their extreme interest stood up and turned around to reveal a dude in girl jeans. My friends were checking out a DUDE and believed they were checking out a girl before he turned around.
As far as I'm concerned, guys should not wear any article of clothing that encourages other guys to accidentally ogle and drool over them. However, that can be chalked up to a causality of fashion.
“Footballers back in the seventies, they used to wear those little shorts, No one was questioning their manliness; other guys wanted to look like them, in fact. They had the confidence to show their bodies, and to be playful.”— Martine Rose, Mens Fashion-wear Designer
Man-skirts, not kilts, but actual skirts can be made to appear more masculine.
There are rules.
- show some leg, but not too much.
- must be thick, durable, type material. Nothing silky or too smooth.
- Dark colors are best.
- No pantyhose.
- shaving is unnecessary.
- wear underwear underneath.
My first contact with a man-skirt happened not too long ago when I was taking a nature hike with my family.
We came to a spot where the trail got steep, but luckily there were stairs and a railing. It was at this point I realized I was behind a guy who was wearing a man-skirt with hiking boots. Up and up we went and I thought if I looked directly above me I could probably see up this man's skirt. Sure enough I got a view of nature I wasn't planning on that day.
It used to be sexy for a man to paint his woman's nails or toenails, now he's asking her to paint his nails. I can't picture anything cuter than girlfriend and boyfriend painting each other's nails.
Real men wear nail polish. There's no feminine stigma attached to it anymore. In fact, men get quite creative with donning one or two nails on each hand- typically darker colors.
Male Grooming: Getting a Wax Job
I used to hang out with bodybuilders who are quite waxed out to the max so I'm not accustomed to, or fond of overly hairy, beastly guys. I am a little intimidated though by a man who is smoother than a woman or a baby. In fact, if you get near me with too smooth a butt, I will probably diaper it out of habit.
However, body waxing and shaving for men ("manscaping") can be viewed as a common courtesy to women. Women go through a lot of effort to be "manicured" and it is nice when a man is not rough and hairy to an extent that it affects attraction and intimacy.
It is not uncommon for men to also wax hairlines as well as unibrows to give them a "clean look".
- Male Grooming - Manscaping Styles and Pubic Hairstyles for Men
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Accessories have always been a fun way of playing up and outfit, and now they can be for men too!
Bracelets consisting of earthy materials, such as onyx, leather, and rope are all the rage for men. Delicate jewelry is best left for women as their features (wrists and necklines) are smaller.
Accessories for men are no longer limited to cuff links, sunglasses, and wrist watches. Other attractive accessories include scarves and suspenders, hats and bowties.
Man Purse or Satchel
This man-purse trend became popular with the onset of metrosexuals; metropolitan heterosexuals. Basically, it's men who are more high maintenance, and fashionably aware, than most men and some women.
There is a reason for women having a purse. We have to tote around female products and other things that make you guys squeamish. Men typically carry them for work, travel, and after-work functions.
Man Ponytails and Man Buns
I’m part sad and part envious to see how truly gorgeous a man’s hair is when he grows it out. Most men have done less styling and stressing on their hair compared to the average woman. This means when they grow their hair out it can be prettier than ours.
It’s sad to see what my hair could look like if I didn’t perm it in the 80’s, flatten it in the 90’s, and color it for the past few decades.
However, men can embrace both shorter and longer styled buns with just about any style they rock from business to casual. I know a few lumber-sexuals who look smoking with their buns.
- 21 Man Bun Styles
Man buns are still a go-to men's hairstyle for long hair. Check out the latest man bun styles to get in 2017, including some celebrity looks.
A variety of colors are offered in men’s departments now. Go ahead and rock the pink tee or polo. A red tie may say “power” in the boardroom, but a pink tee says “confidence” everywhere else.
Rompers have gained popularity in women’s fashion, but now they’re showing up for men as well. Instead of a romper is referred to as a “romphim."
What Do You Think of the Romphim?
Key word is "flattering". No matter what style or trend a man decides to embrace, it should be flattering.
It’s safe to say that some trends are flattering for both men and women, and there is a distinct difference between exploring gender and trends. When trends change, tolerance expands, and attraction between genders flows with the tide.