Warning: Man in Skirt!

A few weeks ago my wondering mind started to consider the practicality of running skirts and how lucky women were to have so many options for running clothes. Then I turned to google and discovered I wasn’t the first man to think about this. So, what were the practical benefits of running skirts that I was considering?

Mainly it seemed like comfort was a big selling point. How many times have you been annoyed by the material of your shorts riding up your leg? So why bother with that extra fabric that goes in between your legs – just use a skirt, right?

A running friend (female) runs in skirts from runningskirts.com all the time so during a run that weekend I took the chance to talk to her about why she loves them. There are two different types – one with internal briefs and one with shorts. This list of reasons come from that conversation and from other things I picked up from my online search:

  1. The main reason appears to be comfort.
  2. The skirts have two decent sized pockets in the sides which are very practical.
  3. Freedom of movement
  4. Cooler (I assume this is referring to the “briefs” version rather than the shorts).
  5. They are a good alternative to tight shorts if you don’t feel comfortable just wearing that type of short, or if you want to add the practicality of pockets. Good quote from this blog which says it way more eloquently than me: “Hides the parts you donโ€™t want to show. Forgiving and flattering at the same time.”

I was tempted, but couldn’t justify spending the $49 (or more) + shipping just to see what it was like, but just the next day I spotted that http://gearup.active.com had one cheap… (as I was going to have to pay for shipping, I thought I might as well get some more shoes too, but that’s another story – I have a shoe-buying problem).

I would rather have had a plain black one, but at least they had one that wasn’t pink in the size I thought I would need. The ones I ordered were the ones with the briefs – I thought this would probably be the better option because of the fit – I can’t imagine that the shorts designed to fit a woman would be a particularly good fit for a man, but maybe they would have been. At least with these, I could supplement with my Under Armour Boxerjock Boxer Briefs.

They arrived this week and I tried them on that evening (but not for a run yet). The briefs seemed to fit just about right, but the waist band was a little loose. It would certainly stay up though. I probably shouldn’t have looked in the mirror because that’s when I started to feel a little self conscious about it. There was a slight psychological barrier to get over before I could go out to run in it.

That first run happened this morning. I knew I could go out early enough so not too many people would be around (not that it really mattered at this point anyway – I did mention the psychological barrier didn’t I?). The skirt was really comfortable but as I started running I got a little worried that the back of the skirt was bouncing up too much and parts of me might be more visible than they should – I don’t think that was the case (I put my hand so the bottom of the skirt was touching it to gauge how far up it really was – did I mention those psychological barriers?).

As I ran I did notice that my inner thighs were rubbing slightly and I started to worry that was going to hurt by the end of the run, but I decided to stick to my plan of 6 miles anyway. It was actually fine, but it has me worried enough that I think I will add those boxer briefs for longer runs (next question would be – over or under the internal briefs? I will have to research that for myself).

The pockets are the biggest plus for me on this skirt. When I wear shorts and want to carry Shot Bloks, if I put them in my pocket they bang against my leg constantly. The pockets sit high on the side so anything in them is tight against your leg so no more movement. Honestly this is probably the biggest reason to keep using the skirt for me.

There are a couple of things for me that make this skirt a better option than something like triathlon shorts – the triathlon shorts show a bit more of me than I’m comfortable with (yes, I could wear a longer, looser t-shirt, but I’m a big fan of compression shirts as without that the nipples are prone to suffering) – the skirt also shows a slight bulge but I think it’s less of an issue because the fabric is not so close to the skin; they lack pockets; and I still have to wear underwear underneath them (I tried without and they chafed my backside). As for regular shorts, the fact there is less material waving around, and the pockets (I think I mentioned this before – love the pockets).

There’s a good chance I’ll wear this skirt (with the boxers) for my long run with the club tomorrow – what sort of comments am I going to get?

If this morning is anything to go by, I’m not sure. Usually when you run that early most people will say good morning, or at least wave as you pass each other, but out of the 6 people I came across in the park, only one acknowledged me in any way. He was out for a walk, and I came across him twice, and both times it was a very cheery good morning (so much so I was a bit worried that this may have been because of the skirt).

I guess I should give you a picture of this; it’s not the best as it was so early that everyone in the house was still in bed, but here you go.

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(Did I mention the pockets?).

I have now had a chance to wear a running skirt designed specifically for men, read about it by clicking here.


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25 Responses to Warning: Man in Skirt!

  1. Brandy says:

    Congratulations on getting skirted! I have the same one. I have no chafing can not help you there. The waist band can be a problem after the skirt has been through a few wash and wearings. What I did was the fold over the waist band and safety pin it at the back and then used some paracord and one of those slide thumb locks, that took of the problem. If the paracord is to binding use some light weight bungee cord.

  2. turkva says:

    Has anyone actually seen you running in this skirt? And if they did, did they just give you strange looks or did they say something to you? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • runninginnj says:

      I’m going to write a follow up post – I joined our club run in it this morning (plus there was the reaction from my friends on my facebook page). Reactions at the club run varied from “did you lose a bet?” to “I think you’re totally rocking that skirt”. Judging from the reactions of strangers I just think people weren’t sure what to make of it or just thought it was weird.

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  4. I think it’s AWESOME! There is also a website that sells running kilts for men, which might at least be a little easier to explain (just lie and tell them you’re Scottish!). I love running skirts for trail running in the summer because I can wear a pair of longer spandex shorts underneath and it helps with the chafing. I can’t wear skirts on a long run or marathon unless the shorts underneath cover the inner thighs–and don’t ride up–or I get terrible chafing (and I’m pretty thin).

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  6. I am not a serious runner – but if the brief aka internal panty is a problem just make the skirt a true
    skirt by cutting out the brief at just below the waist band. Do this only if the waist band has enough
    elastic to stay in place otherwise the skirt will tend to migrate. You would of course need to check
    on the coverage from time to time – but a minimum weight thong should be adequate or a feather
    weight brief lighter than that what was cut out.

    • runnj says:

      Thanks for commenting – I have now actually done just that. One of my more recent posts talks about how I decided to cut them out. It has the added benefit of making it much more flexible in terms of what to wear under. What I wore today on my run, for example, appears to have been the wrong choice as, for the first time running in the skirt, I unexpectedly got a small amount of chafing.

  7. You may be interested to see our line of Men’s Skirts. We will soon be releasing skirts from formal wear to running wear.
    We are taking this movement quite seriously.
    http://www.apostrophe.cc
    http://www.facebook.com/ApostropheMens

    Please let us know if you would like to try one.

    • runnj says:

      Excellent. I would so love to have a running skirt specifically designed for men! I still haven’t found one I’m happy with for all conditions.

      I have been wearing a kilt out and about too – I’m a lot more comfortable with the running skirt now and getting there with a kilt but it will still take a while – it’s tough to change attitudes but perhaps it could work out. I started a separate blog specifically dedicated to running in skirts recently – I didn’t want this one to become just about that (although it will still get mentions here when relevant). I haven’t had the time to write much on it lately it does have one extra piece: http://skirtedrunningman.wordpress.com/

      Good luck with your venture.

      • Thank you so much for spending the time to write.

        We would simply love to build a custom skirt for you. How would you describe a skirt that would be ideal for all conditions? We will take your input and build something truly unique for you.

        As for changing people’s opinions:
        Some of our skirts can come with a sown in panel with our company logo: “Apostrophe”. When a nay-sayer says your attire is of ‘female’ origin, simply point at the panel and say check it out for yourself: “It’s Apostrophe”

        I look forward to your reply and building a skirt that suits your exact needs. So exciting to meet you!

        Great times ahead my friend. I look forward to changing people’s perceptions with you. There is no better apparel than a skirt! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Men's Skirts says:

    http://www.facebook.com/mensskirts
    More men are discovering the comfort of a skirt. I have been running in skirts and kilts for about 4 years now, after experiencing the freedom I will never return to shorts. People forget that the skirt is actually a mens garment throughtout history and still today in many countries. Its time we reclaim it in the west as a daily pratical garment for men.

  9. Lorraine Cleary says:

    i would love to run in a skirt, im not part of any running club, but as a keen crossdresser i would love nothing more than to get up one fine day and think of nothing more enjoyable than going outside for a run in my skirt :), i wouldnt mind the chafing, as long as i got to wear my skirt in public and wasnt to embarresed by the looks it would be sooooooooo worth any chafing which resulted if any. i do have the perfect elasticated waistband “jogging skirt” so im good to go ๐Ÿ™‚

    • runnj says:

      I came to this from a purely practical perspective so being confident in my reasons for making the choice probably gave me enough confidence to try it. I know that at least one person thought I must have lost a bet so perhaps that’s a way to address it – if you feel you need to explain to anyone just say you lost a bet but actually it’s the most comfortable thing you’ve ever run in, but honestly, on the whole, from what I can tell, women smile and men choose to ignore.

  10. fixitmanarizona says:

    When I was a runner (30 years ago) we simply had shorts.. but a lot of the guys took their t-shirt off and hung it around their waist. The girls often had a sweater or something like that they hung around their waist.. same effect, really, so don’t worry about appearances!

    • runnj says:

      That’s true. Would be nice to have a non-feminine option though; there must be a cut more suited to men. Perhaps just tying a sweater around is the way to go.

  11. n0heq says:

    I haven’t work pants for the past several years; maybe, I should say decades to be more accurate. The comfort factor alone convinced me to donate all of my pants to a local charity. Depending upon the weather & the activity it is everything from heavy wool maxiskirts to light weight cotton micro miniskirts. Some dresses such as denim jean dresses,& safari dresses also fit a male figure without problems.

    The two barriers to getting men into skirts or dresses are that some men believe that they MUST look & act like a woman to wear a skirt or a dress. The other issue is that of homosexuality since many men are sexually insecure. If it can be called a kilt that seems to appease some. I have seem skirts called kilts that were about as absurd as calling a camel a cow. It is that mental thing that men need to overcome. If women can relax & enjoy fashion freedom what is the issue with us guys?

  12. I’m a bloke and I play volleyball in a skirt. No-one at the club minds one jot, and it’s helped clear up a sweat/heat rash I get between the legs.

    Skirts….way to go, man!!

  13. Better late than never!
    We finally are getting to launch all of our lines now. I have your fabric selected and a few talented individuals that are now ready to launch the line that is now named after you Neil!
    So exciting!

    Can you please contact us? We will built to 100% customize to your personal needs ๐Ÿ™‚

    About time I know! Talk soon!

  14. runnj says:

    http://www.apostrophe.cc/ have made a men’s running skirt and I’m lucky enough to have one – I’ve written about my initial impressions here: https://skirtedrunningman.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/the-running-skirt/

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