Traditional Full Summer Skirts

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Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby weeladdie18 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:24 pm

I was wearing one of my traditional patterned below the Knee full and free flowing summer skirts again today.
Lovely and light weight and cool for the heatwave.
Many of these skirts came new and unworn from the local charity shops... I find there is no problem wearing this style of skirt

I would recommend this style of skirt to a newbie who is inexperienced in skirt wearing. One can suggest to an enquirer that this is the latest
fashion for men and It is considered cool and comfortable to wear
Comfortable with a pair of lightweight male leather shoes and white turned down ankle socks.

Some of these garments are skirt sized at the waist,.... some have elasticated waists , ......others are free size and have a draw string which ties at
at the waist.
Not commonly worn by the Female in my region of the U K.....Highly practical if worn with a traditional male sports jacket with
plenty of pockets and a male leather belt.....Carry on skirting ...weeladdie.....
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby Freedomforall » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:32 pm

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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby crfriend » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:16 pm

FFA -- Several exemplars may be had in my "Pics and Looks" thread. For the most part, mine have both elastics in the waist and drawstrings as well which I wear loose, but not hanging overtly from the waistline. My "Yellow" one from a little while back is such a style. I have quite a few of the type including my (in)famous "peacock skirts".

The notion of "free-sizing" is of the "One Size Fits Most" strategy in that if it's too loose on you you can pull it in with the drawstring, and the overall size with the elastic is fairly generous (at least I can get one over my 44" hips) and the elastic holds the thing up.
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby weeladdie18 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:47 pm

Thank you Carl for your comments and clarification of Traditional Full Summer Skirts ...I like to think I wear my patterns without looking
Feminine. ....Perhaps the secret is not to appear as a woman.....There is perhaps a very fine line between the pattern and style a man
and female would wear.......Perhaps I am getting very subjective....we all have our own personal choice.......

Certainly delieghtfully comfortable with summer temperatures up to 30 c weeladdie.
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby crfriend » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:45 pm

weeladdie18 wrote:[...] Perhaps the secret is not to appear as a woman.....

There's no way in creation that anybody'd confuse me with a woman, so I have that advantage in spades. But even I try to not overdo it. It's especially tough with dresses, but possible, and bearing helps combat the confusion.

The light gauzy styles are definitely my go-to styles for summer.
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby weeladdie18 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:57 pm

crfriend wrote:
weeladdie18 wrote:[...] Perhaps the secret is not to appear as a woman.....

There's no way in creation that anybody'd confuse me with a woman, so I have that advantage in spades. But even I try to not overdo it. It's especially tough with dresses, but possible, and bearing helps combat the confusion.

The light gauzy styles are definitely my go-to styles for summer.


I am surprised that only Carl and I are the only Men in Skirts who have chosen this style of skirt and consider this style as a way forward....We first spoke of this style
last July.....When the weather was above 10 C ...I succeeded in wearing two summer skirts to increase the warmth of my attire
We are now approaching Spring 2019....What are other members ideas for the Spring Season....Have we missed a popular spring fashion ?
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby Sinned » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:59 pm

I was out today window shopping and dropped in at my favourite fish restaurant for a meal. I was wearing my knee-length bias cut red/grey skirt, black tights, black button shirt and grey jumper. The sun was out and it was most pleasant. Dropped into Matalan and I didn't see one skirt ( being worn or on the racks ). No double takes and no adverse reactions. Most of my skirts are knee-length or above and I don't intend changing for spring/summer, only the heaviness/lightness of the material and shorter the higher the temperature.
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby Big and Bashful » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:26 pm

I have a few floaty gauzy type summer skirts, I love how they feel and move, but they are over my "skirt event horizon", I just can't bring myself to wear something that erm "femme". I know it is stupid, but that's me.
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby pelmut » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:10 pm

Big and Bashful wrote:I have a few floaty gauzy type summer skirts, I love how they feel and move, but they are over my "skirt event horizon", I just can't bring myself to wear something that erm "femme". I know it is stupid, but that's me.

Last Summer I had to buy a matched set of three drive belts for an industrial lathe in that bastion of masculinity, an engineering wholesalers, on an industrial estate in Bristol (UK). I was dressed in sandals without socks, a long Bohemian-style skirt in thin cotton, beige with a dark blue pattern, a matching T-shirt and a blue Alice band.

I drove into the parking area in a van and walked past a group of men repairing a bus; I expected some comments or funny looks, but there were none at all. The man who served me in the wholesalers showed no sign of surprise when I plonked down part of an ancient lathe drive clutch on the counter and discussed the technicalities of choosing modern belts to fit it. On the way out, one of the men by the bus watched to make sure I was backing the van safely - and lost interest when he found that I was.

Now it happens that I am 'trans' but none of them knew that, so they either saw me as a rather ugly old woman or a man in a Summer skirt.  No matter what they might or might not have made of me, their reaction, such as it was, was completely unremarkable - which is how it should be.
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby Big and Bashful » Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:51 pm

pelmut wrote:
Big and Bashful wrote:I have a few floaty gauzy type summer skirts, I love how they feel and move, but they are over my "skirt event horizon", I just can't bring myself to wear something that erm "femme". I know it is stupid, but that's me.

Last Summer I had to buy a matched set of three drive belts for an industrial lathe in that bastion of masculinity, an engineering wholesalers, on an industrial estate in Bristol (UK). I was dressed in sandals without socks, a long Bohemian-style skirt in thin cotton, beige with a dark blue pattern, a matching T-shirt and a blue Alice band.

I drove into the parking area in a van and walked past a group of men repairing a bus; I expected some comments or funny looks, but there were none at all. The man who served me in the wholesalers showed no sign of surprise when I plonked down part of an ancient lathe drive clutch on the counter and discussed the technicalities of choosing modern belts to fit it. On the way out, one of the men by the bus watched to make sure I was backing the van safely - and lost interest when he found that I was.

Now it happens that I am 'trans' but none of them knew that, so they either saw me as a rather ugly old woman or a man in a Summer skirt.  No matter what they might or might not have made of me, their reaction, such as it was, was completely unremarkable - which is how it should be.


I know, our biggest problem can often be our own brains! there are things which I can't bring myself to do, parachute out of a plane, bungee jump, being 6 foot 3 inches tall and 20 odd stone I think I would look ridiculous in that sort of skirt, I would be nervous, never good when you are presenting a very different look. Mentally I would be picturing myself like a hippo in a tutu! not a good look. Delicate, light fabrics on a monster like me just seem wrong. My favourite skirt for dossing around the house is a blue, slightly below the knee, soft nylonny stuff skirt, bit of a pain due to lack of pockets but lovely and swirly, I went back on EBay and bought a second one because I find it so comfortable, if I stray away from the heavier fabrics it will probably be in that one. Only downside is that being so swirly and loose the wind catches it easily and I need to be alert and ready to prevent undesirable exposures.
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby Freedomforall » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:06 pm

crfriend wrote:FFA -- Several exemplars may be had in my "Pics and Looks" thread. For the most part, mine have both elastics in the waist and drawstrings as well which I wear loose, but not hanging overtly from the waistline. My "Yellow" one from a little while back is such a style. I have quite a few of the type including my (in)famous "peacock skirts".

The notion of "free-sizing" is of the "One Size Fits Most" strategy in that if it's too loose on you you can pull it in with the drawstring, and the overall size with the elastic is fairly generous (at least I can get one over my 44" hips) and the elastic holds the thing up.

I see. Thank you Carl!
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby Big and Bashful » Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:19 am

Being of a globular disposition (a bit corpulent), the only elastic waists I can trust have good strong elastic in them, the summer skirts I have suffer from pathetic elastic, so I end up wrapping a belt around them to keep them up.
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby dillon » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:34 am

Big and Bashful wrote:Being of a globular disposition (a bit corpulent), the only elastic waists I can trust have good strong elastic in them, the summer skirts I have suffer from pathetic elastic, so I end up wrapping a belt around them to keep them up.


I enjoyed that self-description. I am fond of saying that I am not overweight, merely underheight. Gravity is a b—-h.
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby Big and Bashful » Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:18 pm

Nice one Dillon! another great self description, although at 6 foot 3 calling myself under-height wouldn't work that well!
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Re: Traditional Full Summer Skirts

Postby weeladdie18 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:22 pm

pelmut wrote:
Big and Bashful wrote:I have a few floaty gauzy type summer skirts, I love how they feel and move, but they are over my "skirt event horizon", I just can't bring myself to wear something that erm "femme". I know it is stupid, but that's me.

Last Summer I had to buy a matched set of three drive belts for an industrial lathe in that bastion of masculinity, an engineering wholesalers, on an industrial estate in Bristol (UK). I was dressed in sandals without socks, a long Bohemian-style skirt in thin cotton, beige with a dark blue pattern, a matching T-shirt and a blue Alice band.

I drove into the parking area in a van and walked past a group of men repairing a bus; I expected some comments or funny looks, but there were none at all. The man who served me in the wholesalers showed no sign of surprise when I plonked down part of an ancient lathe drive clutch on the counter and discussed the technicalities of choosing modern belts to fit it. On the way out, one of the men by the bus watched to make sure I was backing the van safely - and lost interest when he found that I was.

Now it happens that I am 'trans' but none of them knew that, so they either saw me as a rather ugly old woman or a man in a Summer skirt.  No matter what they might or might not have made of me, their reaction, such as it was, was completely unremarkable - which is how it should be.


I feel we get to a point where we just wear skirts instead of trousers...when we want some service or specialist equipment , we just forget the way we are
dressed and ask for the goods and services we require....When we have arrived at that point.. I personally no longer feel I am on a skirt wearing ego trip.
I just wish to complete my satisfactory business with the company concerned and get on with the rest of the day.

The whole psychological attitude is to develop an air of confidence with regard to your requirements as...just another customer
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