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Fashion like any other art is always so intriguing because it is constantly evolving and breaking new boundaries. Previously during the Victorian era, women were expected to dress in a proper fashion, wearing things like corsets, girdles, and hoopskirts. This restrictive way of dressing perhaps was a way to reinforce ideas that women were expected to behave in a certain way, which might have been the reason why women were always expected to wear dresses or skirts.  As society changed and women’s role in society changed, so did their fashion sense. Gradually, women wore trousers and now, when females wear pants or jeans, nobody looks twice as this is the current norm. Perhaps another period for change is among us as the style of androgyny is growing as well. Now it’s not only the women that experiencing large leaps in fashion, but the line drawn between men’s and women’s fashion is blurred. 

Although the women’s gradual transition to wearing pants has been a long-time phenomenon, men’s fashion is taking a lesson from women. Skirts for men have never really been a trend. Before it used to be a garment reserved exclusively to the Scottish as kilts are one of the signature symbols of their culture. However, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy pushes the boundaries again with his design in his Fall/Winter 2011 and 2012 collections. He used a variety of different looks that emphasized a skirt paired with tights for men. Because it’s not the current norm for society at the moment, it sounds a bit bizarre, but when influential fashion icon and hip hop star Kanye West began wearing it in his famed Watch the Throne Tour, the public began to take notice. Although this does not signify that skirts are the new trend amongst men, the acceptance of it as a garment for males is a sign that possible changes are plausible in the future.

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