Can man look good in dress?

Discussion of fashion elements and looks that are traditionally considered somewhat "femme" but are presented in a masculine context. This is NOT about transvestism or crossdressing.
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Re: Can man look good in dress?

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What answer do you want? The "caricature " that you posted appears to be at a carnival, or similar, and is most likely about raising funds in a light hearted manner. I don't believe it to be an attempt for a man to look like a woman, be a liberated man wearing a dress, or even someone trans going about their own business.

In terms of masculinity, well, it's a social construct, so, if you are in the West, in 2020, you cannot "maintain masculinity" if you are wearing a dress. How people in the skirt cafe look at it is another matter. A lot of feminine fashion is about disempowerment. whether that be stiletto heals, bound feet, or a hobble skirt....i.e. it is accentuating fragility or vulnerability that is widely perceived to be a pre-requisite of femininity. For me that extends to a clutch bag.... ditch the bag and ask me again lol. Would a better question be "Can a man wear a dress without looking feminine?"...Hmm... here's a few ways how to not look "feminine" in a dress....


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Still not sure? Get over it, it's a social construct!

BTW, for anyone out there who doesn't know me (there must be some), yes, I wear dresses and I celebrate men who have the courage to wear one too.
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Who really cares whether they look masculine or feminine as SD said they are social constructs anyway. I was really surprised when a sales assistant commented that I must be brave to wear a pink jumper I was purchasing. It had honestly never occurred to me there was any issue. Wear what makes you feel good and you’ll look good.
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What Shilo said many times over!! :D
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You know... genderblender bears a striking resemblance to my doctor! :wink:
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Does your doctor wear dresses as well?😷
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Shilo wrote:
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Does your doctor wear dresses as well?😷
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Shilo wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:50 am
Does your doctor wear dresses as well?😷
I rather doubt it.. though it's nice to know he could pull one off of he wanted! :)
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I would say any one can look in good in dress,
The dress just needs a simple clean look to it,
No one mess's with a big guy in kilt
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rode_kater wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:46 pm
Spirou003 wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:28 pm
In a general manner, medieval dresses for men are looking masculine to me, but that's the only general example I can give you right now (there are probably some others).
To be honest, I think the masculine dresses need to be (re)invented. Most dresses are made to accentuate the female figure, which we don't have. Invariably they're too tight round the shoulders. Recently I've been looking into how fashion design works and it's fascinating. But also non-trivial. It must be possible to make a dress that looks masculine, while also being casual. What makes something look masculine anyway? Isn't that just a matter of what you're used to?
Spirou003 wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:28 pm

The fun is actually that I hardly find any guy masculine in dress, but that can happens more regurlarly with skirt :D
Skirts are much more forgiving that way. You can pair if with something else and so have many more possibilities.
I'm with Rode and Spirou on this one.


I have a few dresses that I was lucky enough to find That fit decently in the shoulders, a little baggy in the middle, men have to buy a dress that fits in the shoulders rather than by waist size.

Just like the male marketed skirt the male marketed dress is a long, long way off. Probably much further than the skirt.

I largely gave up looking at / for dresses, always finding a problem due to fitment problems. Plunging necklines, or issues with the sleeves. I get cold easy so I don't care for sleeveless dress or Large neck lines.

I just wear skirts with my men's shirts.
For best and most comfortable fits.
And easy to change entire look with different shirt and same skirt.


I did find a Hanes tee shirt dress. That I wear as a night shirt. It basically is just a very long plain t shirt.
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Not something I would wear out and about. Comes in one size, fits like a snug xl t shirt so if you're big it won't fit you. I'm 186 lbs 5 foot 6 inches. fits me now ok. When I weighed 200 it was too snug.
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People have commented on this before-that it is difficult to find a dress that will fit well on a man. Multiple measurements to take into consideration for a single garment. Its much simpler with skirts.
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I have not seriously considered wearing a dress, but if I did
it might be one of these utilitarian blue denim types.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5f-UueJmDP/
Unfortunately this nice example is from New Zealand.
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Seems like a well-crafted shirt-dress would work for men. Something with the right fit and structure. Of course, style is subjective. I have a bodycon minidress I like to wear as an under-layer. I like the way if fits and feels, but I don’t think it looks good. So, looser skirt over and maybe a light shirt too.
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I have several of those hanes tee shirt dresses. If you want one look at the jms ones they are better.
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Yes, as I have seen here a man can look good in a dress. I have tried a couple of dresses because I liked the simplicity and lack of constriction at the waist but I didn't like what I saw in the mirror, particularly side view ........... so back to mini skirts for me. I sometimes wear a dress on summer nights and also as a night shirt but have all mirrors turned towards the wall and curtains drawn (oops, I don't have curtains).
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Bertino56 wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:31 pm
I have not seriously considered wearing a dress, but if I did
it might be one of these utilitarian blue denim types.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5f-UueJmDP/
Unfortunately this nice example is from New Zealand.
I recognise this from BearBros here in New Zealand! They don't really sell clothing but they do have aprons and some hospo industry stuff in denim.
That denim pinafore would be great over a tee shirt with white sneakers - or a nude pump perhaps.
Quite a balanced look for anyone to wear.

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