Fashion designer Marc Jacobs broke out the skirt last fall and now other designers for men's fashion are following suit. This won't fly in my part of the country. I've been trying to figure out what this means, culturally.
The tilt-back to the Scottish kilt? A desire to find a white man's uniform, a way to find oneself when the power of the white man cultural domination has fallen? The malleability of the roles of men and women in our society when the women are wearing the pants and men are filling in the mommy-at-home role?
When the 21 Club in NYC became the last establishment there to lose the tie requirement as a dress code this month, you know that things have become relaxed. Casual church services changed the traditional dress codes about the same time that cocktail outfits and "dress up" became "snappy casual" in hot hot Houston. Heading up a cotillion class for eight schools, I had to calm down the dance instructors from Colorado Springs when Sunday School dress was given as the cotillion dress code and kids showed up in skorts without hose and guys didn't wear leather-soled shoes and some came without collared shirts. That was in the 90s. In the early 2000s Atlanta came unglued with casual codes at what they called Groovy Church (informal services) where women wore full length minks to the traditional services.
Hillary Clinton changed the dress code for women in Congress when she started wearing pantsuits. Obama was photographed on his first day in the Oval Office without his suit jacket, creating a tizzy in the capital and it is business casual on weekends.
This week I'm looking at cowboys. You wouldn't catch one of them dead in a skirt. It was the cowgirls who first started wearing pants, back in the 1800s out West.