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Men’s skirts: From Brad Pitt to Lil Nas X, more men are adopting the fashion

Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN

When Brad Pitt arrived at the premiere for new movie “Bullet Train” last month, his laidback linen outfit made headlines everywhere — or part of it did, at least. The actor, who is known for hypermasculine roles in films such as “Fight Club” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” completed his blush pink-and-brown ensemble with an eye-catching twist: a skirt.
“I don’t know!” Pitt later told Variety magazine of the inspiration behind his wardrobe choice. “We’re all going to die, so let’s mess it up.”

Pitt joined a growing roster of stars recently pictured wearing gender-neutral skirts, from Oscar Isaac’s below-the-knee pleated number at the “Moon Knight” premiere to Lil Nas X’s metallic pink miniskirt. Actor Billy Porter, “Schitt’s Creek” star Dan Levy, basketball player Russell Westbrook and rapper A$AP Rocky have also embraced the trend.

Outside Hollywood, the phenomenon has been gaining traction for years, according to Carl R. Friend, the administrator (and self-described “Master Barista”) of The Skirt Café, an online forum dedicated to men’s skirts. While he believes “undue” attention is being paid to skirt-wearing celebrities, he nonetheless welcomed the increased visibility.

“It is what it is,” said Friend, whose interest in skirts dates back to the 1980s, over email. “And if it engenders an acceptance of skirts on guys, then I suppose it’s for the better.”

Fustanellas, kilts and more

Although skirts are now commonly associated with womenswear, men have worn them at various points in history. Pleated fustanellas, for example, can be seen on ancient Greek and Roman statues, while more contemporary versions have since been worn in Balkan countries like Albania, which considers them a national costume. Tartan kilts have remained a staple of national pride for Scotland since they debuted in the 16th century, though today they are often reserved for special occasions.

In many parts of the world, however, men’s skirt-like garments are part of everyday wardrobes. The sarong, a typically bright patterned wrapped skirt, is worn by men in cultures across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific islands. Variations of the sarong such as the “sulu,” a wraparound style used in both casual and as formal settings in Fiji, and the “lungi,” which is worn in south and southeast Asia, remain popular styles for men of all ages.

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Soccer star David Beckham was famously photographed wearing a patterned sarong in 1998 (he was teased in the media at the time, though later said in an interview, “That’s one thing I never regret because I thought it looked great and I would still wear it now.”) But in much of the Western world, tastes moved away from loose-fitting menswear…

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