This is from a post I wrote in the topic on the Women's forum called Long Skirts
. This new topic is partly in jest, so don't take it too seriously. OTOH, I'm also partly serious. I'm starting to be of the impression that short jackets are tacky compared to long coats, and robes top them all. And most importantly, the Catholic gentleman should keep his womenfolk from the temptation caused by inseams!
Originally Posted by Ancilla_Indigna
4. If the designers begin to make skirts popular for men, they would arguably be "men's skirts". This still would not make skirts appropriate for men. Eventhough pants for women are widely accepted and skirts for men (at this point in time) are not widely accepted, what is "generally accepted" in society is not a guideline for moral standards. Morality is objective, and not lessened or increased by public opinion; it exists by the creature of Nature Law. Long, concealing skirts are most appropriate for guarding the nature of feminity, for the good of women and of men.
If skirts were popular for men, and skirts are more modest than pants, why shouldn't men wear skirts? I'm sure there are plenty of Scottish men who would be celebrating if men's skirts became popular again.
Though not skirts in the sense that they were bottom pieces, in the time of Christ, only "civilized" men wore dresses (the toga or tunic). Men who wore pants were considered barbarians. Every single depiction of Christ and the Apostles I've ever seen shows them in robes of some sort, and never in pants. Most depictions of male saints show them wearing robes or habits of some kind. If they wear pants, they have at least a cassock over them. Traditional dress for priests and religious to this day consists of either habits or cassocks.
Therefore, it seems that the ideal for Catholic men would be to wear dresses (robes), not pants. And to be honest, I could completely go for this. Flowing robes are much more elegant, and even dramatic, than pants. I own several sets of traditional ethnic Asian robes; I'd wear them if I wouldn't have to put up with stares all day. In the mean time, I've settled for trenchcoats.
No true Roman gentleman wears pants:
WWJW? What would Jesus wear? Certainly not pants:
The Holy Father and his assistants today still wear cassocks:
The traditional dress of Han Chinese men: the hanfu
I don't about you guys, but I think this get-up rocks:
*sigh* I love traditional Chinese dress:
But even for those of you who aren't Asian, the western tradition has always continued the tradition of long (and decorative) coats up until the 20th century:
And even in modern clothing, the man's dress (cassock/trenchcoat) is bringing sexy back, with a dash of modest and a spoonful of epic:
I need to take a better picture than this one, but here's yours truly in his old-fashioned, 18th-century style European frock coat.