Hello from Slovakia
(I’ve been around here for some time, and finally decided I need to introduce myself here. Since I use a nickname based on my real name, I was at first a bit cautious about the idea, but since most people I’m worried about already know about me wearing skirts at times, and I don’t consider that’s a thing to be ashamed of, I’m not afraid of anyone finding this and associating with me as a person IRL.)
The first I saw a man wearing something that doesn’t resemble trousers but rather a skirt was at a conference, where a few people were wearing these custom-made Scottish-like kilts. That, however, didn’t make me go and buy a kilt, but I kept telling people about how great the Debian community, we even have an official kilt tartan.
This summer, which (as most summers) is quite hot in the capital of Slovakia (up to 34°C), I was wearing quite light shorts, and it was still very hot, and I was sweating quite a lot. That made me remember the protest boys in Exeter had, and I started thinking: that’s really unfair men don’t wear skirts, that would help a lot in such weather. I googled, and found that in fact relatively lots of people thought the same (including builders, French bus drivers, more people in Europe and even some guys in Minnesota).
Well, I thought, it’s not that unreasonable then. At first, I rejected the idea of getting a proper kilt (at least) during the summer after the friends owning kilts (traditional and utility kits) told me most of them are warm enough wearing a kilt even during the winter, so I went ahead and supported the Skirtcraft’s new project, and also ordered the original denim skirt from them. The holiday was a few days away, so I attacked a local second hand shop and found a skirt which looked almost like it were a Scottish kilt (even though it wasn’t), and it was exactly my size, so for €3 it was mine.
My girlfriend did not initially understand the idea, but when I assured her just because I wear a skirt I’m not going to turn into a girl one day she became more relaxed (and supportive) about it and said she actually likes the idea as long as the rest of the clothes matches and doesn’t make me look feminine The skirt from the second hand shop was successfully tested in Italy, where it surprisingly attracted much less attention than my (at first very prominently) blue hair. When we’ve got back from Italy, the Skirtcraft skirt arrived, and I’ve worn it for two weeks straight after that. (I had to pay customs fees for it, and I’ve got a funny look from the customs officer: So, what’s in the package? What? A manskirt? For you, I presume? Huh? Are you actually going to wear it? Well well… Okay!)