#OOTD : MEN IN KILT

When we were young, we were taught with the perception that pants are for Boys while dresses and skirts are for girls. As we grow older, due to fashion trends, practicality and also the feminist movement, trousers become a wardrobe staple amongst women as well HOWEVER, even in today’s trends driven society with edgy fashion designers such as Rick Owens, Jean Paul Gaultier, JW Anderson, Commes Des Garcon frequently showing numerous versions of skirts and dresses in their collections; skirts and dresses is often not considered a clothing item for men.
It is ironic because looking back at fashion history, Skirts and Dresses is often worn by men in cultures all around the world. Back in Ancient Times, a Shendyt – a skirt similar to a sarong or loin cloth is a wardrobe staple for men. In Japan, the Hakama – a long trapeze skirt is traditionally designed for men to wear during formal occasions such as  tea ceremonies, weddings and funerals.  In China and Hong Kong we have the traditional Chang Shan – a floor length robe which is still popular amongst men of all age to wear during Chinese New Year and who can forget the Scottish Kilt – still a wardrobe staple for men to wear to formal occasions  in European Countries today.  It wasn’t until the 20th Century, in a male dominated society which tailored pants with suits replaced the skirts and defined power and masculine for men.  It is interesting because some how it felt like with the invention of trousers, the “gender” of skirts is passed on to women until the 80s punk culture and the kilt became a fashion item for men again. Which is why with my facination with androgyny, I’ve decided to attempt the skirt as my #ootd for a recent fashion event.
I’ve worn a lot of skirts in the past but usually they are long and also I haven’t had a edgy “punk” ish #ootd for a very long time, so as soon as I saw this red tartan kilt in the recent Versus collection, it became the starting point for this outfit. Unlike the model, I wanted to wear it the traditional way without the matching trousers so I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit relatively simple but edgy with a Black and white shirt, a pair of laced up boots and my Bambi backpack by Givenchy.  A pair of plaid socks gives a nod to the kilt and also kept it masculine.  The result felt surprisingly masculine (for me because you all know I love my prints, hotpinks and plunging V neckline) but the only downfall is I wore this on a windy day so the kept flying up- style sisters: my respect for you increased 200% after that day.
Without further Doodahs, Here are the photos.

OOTD: MEN IN KILT

SHIRT | MCQ
KILT | VERSUS
BELT | IZZUE
SOCKS | HAPPY SOCKS
BOOTS | JUNYA WATANABE X TRICKERS
BAG | GIVENCHY
SUNNIES | DIOR HOMME

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Hope you enjoy this set of photos.

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Until Next Time

xoxo

Timtim Wong

FORBIDDEN CHIC

Long time no update. Been so busy with the launch of BTW X KOITE – my debute accessories collaboration with Hong Kong accessories brand KOITE HANDMADE. stay tuned on a future blog post.

One of the greatest things about this industry is to meet fashion bloggers who share different styles and a love for fashion.  Fashionistas United is something I am very passionate about which is why I’ve personally been wanting to do a group blog post for a long time. Vforvisala is my style sister who is often helps me take some of the best photos in this blog. I’ve always loved her eclectic and fun view of Fashion.  Juuannie is a fashion blogger I met recently who loves black. I am always amazed with how she can always find different way to work with her dark slightly punk/gothic take on fashion.  Together we really want to see how we can style jam together with this photoshoot wearing pieces of my accessories collection.

FORBIDDEN CHIC is an attitude. Every fashionista go thru a time in their lives where they want to grow up and look chic but fear that they may lose their own personal style.  But as I get older I began to realize that what I love about fashion is the way we can use it to express ourselves. Black and white will always be fashionable and chic nomatter how old you are or what style you have. When we were young we fear that minimalism and simplicity will turn boring but in the past month I begin to think that minimalism is a way to appeciate detail – the cut of the shirt, feel the material of the cotton and to make the cute buttons of the shirt stand out.  It is also a blank canvas of accessories . In a way its like a confident men or women whos comfortable with their own skin, and some time its a lipstick or a good haircut is all it takes to make them look the most beautiful just like a simple black and white outfit with the perfect accessory.

Anyways enough blablablas…. Here are the photos by the amazing MART YEUNG

FORBIDDEN CHIC

SHIRT | DEMO
TROUSERS | CHEAP MONDAY
COAT | DEMO
SHOES | PRADA
NECKLACE | BTW X KOITE
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Special thanks to www.noveltylane.com for sponsoring my beautiful Shirt and Coat by Hong Kong Fashion Brand DEMO .

UNTIL NEXT TIME

XOXO TIMTIMWONG ^^