A 61-year-old American living in Germany wears skirts and heels to work in order to challenge the concept of gendered clothing.
Mark Bryan, an American living in Germany, is on a voyage to prove that clothes have no gender. He cross dresses in the public and wears skirts and heels to work. As a result, many question his sexuality. However, he has time and again explained that he is straight and has been wearing women’s clothes to challenge gender stereotypes when it comes to fashion.
The father of three is a robotics engineering manager. He started wearing heels when he was in college, when his then-girlfriend asked him to before he danced with her. However, he started publicly cross dressing 4 years ago.
When asked about his dressing and the thought that goes behind it, Mark said,
“I dress like this because I can. Just to be different. I have always admired the women that wore tight skirts and heels. Not sexually, but the power they presented. I don’t dress to be sexual, but to dress like any professional woman would. To me, clothes have no gender. I prefer skirts to dresses. Dresses don’t allow me to mix the genders. I prefer a 'masculine' look above the waist and a non-gendered look below the waist. It’s all about clothes having no gender.”
Talking about his fashion inspo, Mark detailed,
“All the fashion options. With men’s pants, you have just a few color options: black, gray, navy, and brown, and no pants with prints. With skirts, you can add reds, green, brighter blues, floral prints, animal prints, etc. Same with shoes, but then you also have many more styles and heel types. Plus, you can wear open-toed shoes when the weather is nice.”
“I feel no different as to me, it’s just clothes. Naturally, on a cold or windy day, it physically feels different. When wearing heels, I feel taller, but also empowered for some reason. In all, maybe having the inner strength to have the confidence to wear non-conforming clothing has also given me the confidence and strength to handle my pressures at work.”
He even wears heels and skirts at home.
Oooh, I am feeling these heels. They are gorgeous.
As far as his family is concerned, he has been happily married for 11 years and gets full support from his wife and family. He said,
“My wife often makes suggestions on what I should wear. My daughter wishes she could borrow my shoes at times.”
When asked about how difficult it is to find clothes. Mark said,
“I am 6’ tall and weigh around 165 lbs. I also have medium to small feet. I wear a size 8.5 US and 41 in Europe. I have a 29” waist so I wear a size 8 skirt in the US or a 38 in Europe. I also work out 2-3 times a week. So, finding clothes my size is no problem.”
Mark’s style usually consists of pencil heels and 5-inch stilettos but is not limited to it. He says that he usually receives compliments from women aged 30 to 40 but men usually ask him questions as to why he wears such stuff.
He believes pants were something women could not wear a few decades back, but now they have become a norm. Hence, skirts for men will also become a norm one day.
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