Can skirts coexist with a belly?

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Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby Brad » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:29 pm

I need assistance with a typical male dilemma. It seems that when I put on a denim skirt, the skirt gets into a conflict with my belly. The front of the skirt ends up much lower than the back which is not attractive and tends to accentuate my belly even more than it already is. Also, the skirt doesn't hang right- it seems to bow forward in the front. I tried wearing the skirt higher up more like a woman would but that does not look attractive either. We don't have narrow waists as a woman does. And usually I'm not sure where the top of a skirt is supposed to be anyway. Do we wear them like pants? I'm not sure. I've looked at women with bellies wearing skirts to see how they do it and what the result is. It seems that they have the same issues I do. I've tried wearing shirts untucked with skirts and although it hides the belly, I still get the front-bowing effect. So what to do? Any ideas? Note- please don't tell me to watch my diet or workout more. Those are not the answers I am seeking. I already do both anyway. My doctor tells me my body type is primarily due to heredity and cannot be significantly changed. So any ideas?
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby STEVIE » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:22 pm

Hi Brad,
How about trying braces or in your parlance, suspenders?
The skirt would then suspend from your shoulders like a dress. Adjust them accordingly and frony and rear will balance.
From stuff that I have seen online you will likely have access to a far wider range too.
Worth a try and less hassle than the other stuff.
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby Brad » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:35 pm

That's a great idea Stevie.
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby beachlion » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:43 pm

I have something quite similar. I make my own skirts and normally they hang from my hips like jeans. Then the front is lower than the back and it brings some strange creases in the front. I changed the way I put the waistband on. I made it wider and shorter in length. I took about an inch off and now it sits higher, like it is with kilts. The skirt is more balanced now.
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby crfriend » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:00 am

beachlion wrote:I changed the way I put the waistband on. I made it wider and shorter in length. I took about an inch off and now it sits higher, like it is with kilts. The skirt is more balanced now.

I believe this is what the Utilikilts company calls the "beer-gut cut". It's certainly one way out of the morass. I rather like the notion of braces, though.
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby skirtyscot » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:04 am

Well, Brad, we'd need to know just how much of a belly you have, and what shape it is. My wife is not as thin as she would like to be, she has a belly, but her skirts stay in the right place. Maybe the difference is due to the difference in where men and women store body fat. Maybe you just need to go up a size.

Re your body type and heredity: you got your genes from your ancestors. How many of your 24 great grandparents and great great grandparents were overweight? Probably not many. Somehow those same genes didn't make them fat. Maybe the answers which you don't want have some truth in them. :hide:
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby denimini » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:25 am

Underbelly: Just put your skirt on like you would your pants; the hem will be a bit lower at the front but that is not a bad thing for a man wearing a skirt.
Sometimes I wear the shirt out but most are too long for that with a mini skirt, so I tuck the shirt in loosely so it doesn't pull tight against my belly.
If I wear the skirt higher, it will hang off my belly like an awning or pelmut, well away from my legs: a look I don't like.
I tried braces but unlike pants there is nothing to stop a skirt riding up too high, particularly a short skirt when bending. Also you can't tuck your shirt in unless you like the exposed braces look.
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby r.m.anderson » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:07 am

Two things to note:

One - an elastic waist band while great should be snug to hang in place - too loose and the skirt and gravity will seek its own level
at least down to the hips - hopefully ones hips will control the situation before exposed any further.

Two - like the elastic waist the fitted exact waist skirt - closing with a zipper or button panel also needs to be snug.
In both of these cases a belt could make a difference in keeping the skirt in place.

Thinking along the line of braces (suspenders) a novel approach would be to adopt the top half of lederhosen - the skirt being
held in place by the over the shoulder harness (not suitable for all designs of skirts - leather denim ok - pencil skirts no).
With this application no snugness would be required at the waist and the belly bulge would be less apt to be noticed.
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby weeladdie18 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:06 am

I find that an adjustable male belt in waist belt loops is a useful safety precaution as it holds the skirt at the true height
of the male waist....the indentation is there; between the rib cage and the hip bone...........
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby Sinned » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:28 am

Well, Brad, thinking outside the box as we on this site are want to do. Have you tried a dress. No hanging the garment from the waist ( or lack of it ) but from the shoulders and the belly getting in the way. Try a shirt dress or a shift dress - something plain, at the start. Sleeveless may be a good idea and you could wear a shirt underneath the shift dress. You'd need a bigger size and to be careful about sizing as dress sizing is not just a black art, there just aren't any rules or standards. I think that bigger women get over the belly issue that way. Just sayin'.
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby lazerr » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:34 pm

I've found that the elastic belt made by "Tights Up" is perfect.

It is thin and grips without a belt loop. I use it on pretty much every skirt and it works for me at belly level. It also comes in multi colors.

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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby Caultron » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:29 pm

Brad wrote:I need assistance with a typical male dilemma. It seems that when I put on a denim skirt, the skirt gets into a conflict with my belly. The front of the skirt ends up much lower than the back which is not attractive and tends to accentuate my belly even more than it already is. Also, the skirt doesn't hang right- it seems to bow forward in the front...

First, wear a high-wasted skirt with enough lycra to keep it up and enough length to end where you want.

Then, don't tuck in your top.
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby Brad » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:24 pm

There are some good suggestions here. I will look into the elastic belt. Sinned suggested wearing a dress. I've always felt that dresses don't hang well on straight male bodies. However, it may be worth trying anyway to see if it works for me.
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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby Fred in Skirts » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:02 pm

Brad wrote:There are some good suggestions here. I will look into the elastic belt. Sinned suggested wearing a dress. I've always felt that dresses don't hang well on straight male bodies. However, it may be worth trying anyway to see if it works for me.


I find that "T" shirt dresses work great for the straight male body. Since they are designed to hang straight anyway. I also check to see if the dresses have any darts designed to accommodate the female thingies on the front that most men don't have.
I have about 12 dresses and wear them almost as much as my skirts. Right now I am wearing a "T" shirt dress that comes just below the knees and has a crew neck. I some times use a belt to add some dimension to the look.

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Re: Can skirts coexist with a belly?

Postby moonshadow » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:58 am

To echo was skirtyscot said, to determine something that might work, we need to know how big a belly we're dealing with. Just a "pouch" or a total sphere. I've seen some guys with a waist just as round as they are high.

If it's the former, then you're in my neighborhood. I wear all of my skirts above the navel and often just leave the shirt untucked. Since most if my shirts are "ladies" they stop right around my waist anyway.

If it's the latter, then jumper dresses might be your ticket.

Observe women with similar builds to your own. What kind of skirts and dresses do they wear?
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