A straight happily married dad of three breaks gender stereotypes in fashion by proving skirts and heels aren't just for women.
We've always used clothing to differentiate between genders. Men wear pants and shoes while women wear skirts and heels.
This is also similar to how people associate pink with girls and blue with boys. But are these notions really true?
Well, at least we don't think so. We also don't think clothes should be restricted to gender, except bras and some undies.
It's the 21st century!
So, if you still believe that clothes should have gender, you need a life. Clothes are just clothes, and everyone should be free to wear whatever they want.
That's why you see women rocking shirts and pants, and they look super cool.
But have you ever wondered how men would look like if they tried the same thing? Wearing skirts and heels?
Mark Bryan, an American living in Germany, proudly dons tight skirts and high heels to work, at the shops, and even at home.
And it's safe to say he looks absolutely stunning!
According to Bryan, clothes are the last thing that should have gender.
Speaking to Bored Panda, he said:
I dress like this because I can. Just to be different.
I have always admired the women that wore tight skirts and heels. Not sexually, but the power they presented.
I don't dress to be sexual, but to dress like any professional woman would. To me, clothes have no gender.
I prefer skirts to dresses.
Dresses don't allow me to mix the genders. I prefer a 'masculine' look above the waist and a non-gendered look below the waist.
It's all about clothes having no gender.
Speaking of how he started, Bryan said:
I was already wearing high heels with pants, sometimes women's pants. My wife asked why I wouldn't wear a dress or a skirt that I have nice legs to show.
So, I chose skirts…
What inspires Bryan to wear heels and skirts?
He told the outlet:
All the fashion options. With men's pants, you have just a few color options: black, gray, navy, and brown, and no pants with prints.
With skirts, you can add reds, green, brighter blues, floral prints, animal prints, etc.
Same with shoes, but then you also have many more styles and heel types. Plus, you can wear open-toed shoes when the weather is nice."
When asked how wearing heels and skirts makes him feel, Bryan said:
I feel no different as to me, it's just clothes. Naturally, on a cold or windy day, it physically feels different.
When wearing heels, I feel taller, but also empowered for some reason.
In all, maybe having the inner strength to have the confidence to wear non-conforming clothing has also given me the confidence and strength to handle my pressures at work.
Bryan has been happily married for 11 years and gets full support from his wife and family.
My wife often makes suggestions on what I should wear. My daughter wishes she could borrow my shoes at times.
Bryan also described how people react to him when they see him donning skirts and heels. He said that women, mostly around 30 to 40 years of age, give him compliments.
However, men make comments or ask questions but don't compliment his appearance.
Take a person with bright green hair.
Green hair is not normal. You look up and see this person; your mind tells you it's a person with green hair. You think to yourself, 'that's odd or interesting.' Then you go back to do what you were doing and don't give it another thought.
I believe this is the same when people see me in a skirt and heels.