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Can Straight Men Wear Women’s Clothing Out in Public?


Yes. The easy answer to this is yes. As long as you are not violating any laws (such as nudity laws), you can wear whatever you want in public. If you want to walk around in a clown costume every day, then that is your choice.

While it might be legal, most people are not discussing the legality of a straight man wearing women’s clothing in public. When this question is asked, they generally want to know if it is “weird” or socially acceptable. Personally, I think that you should be able to wear whatever you want without anyone thinking about you differently. I also am personally confused as to why you exchanged clothes with large pockets for the tiny, useless pockets that come with women’s clothing. If you want to exchange comfortable, functional clothes for the non-functional, fashionable women’s attire you see in magazines, have at it.

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The real problem that guys run into is how other people will react. There is a real chance that some people will not treat you the same when you wear women’s clothing. This is not necessarily a bad thing though. Back when I was more of a hippie and not aware of how cultural appropriation worked, I had dreadlocks. Immediately, I noticed that other people avoided me when I had dreadlocks. I quickly realized that this was actually a good thing. People who judge your ‘locks were not people that I wanted to be around, so my new hairstyle basically filtered out the world. If you are wearing women’s clothing, you will probably experience the same effect. Some people might stop talking to you, but those are probably not people you would really want to be friends with anyway. If donning female attire makes you happy, forget about those people.

There is another reason why this might not really be a problem. In the last few decades, men’s and women’s clothing has grown increasingly similar. Remember the emo styles that were popular a few years ago? If you missed out, one of the emo options was for guys to wear skinny jeans or women’s jeans. This was an actual, official style. If an entire style for guys could be based on women’s clothing, why not just wear ladies clothes?

In many cases, no one will even notice that you are wearing women’s clothes. If you are wearing a sultry dress, people might notice. If you are just wearing a sweatshirt and jeans, most people won’t realize that you aren’t wearing men’s clothing.

Fight Inequality

Women still have a long way to go to fight for equal rights and equal pay. As recent scandals in Hollywood and politics show, even obvious sexism like sexual harassment or assault are still extremely common. When it comes to clothing, Western nations need to give men equal clothing rights. Women can already wear traditional men’s clothing—button-up shirts, jeans, slacks—without anyone noticing. Wearing pants has become so popular that it is the default clothing option for women.

While women get to wear traditional male attire, men have not been given the same option. How many times have you thought that a skirt would feel nice on a hot day? If you are like most guys, you have probably wondered how much cooler and breezier a skirt would be. As a skirt wearer, I can tell you that it is an excellent option when it is hot out. Why can’t men access women’s fashions in the way that women can use men’s fashions?

Be a rebel and wear a skirt. Show the world that they are being hypocrites in only approving one gender to wear certain clothes. More importantly, get people to start thinking about gender roles and stereotypes. There is absolutely nothing that says that skirts and high heels are only for women. We have two legs like guys do, so why can’t both genders wear what they want? In the case of high heels, high heels were actually designed for men at the French court. It was originally a male style. Once women copied it, the men stopped being as interested.

The entire way we dress is based on how we are raised and our culture. You can easily see this by looking at different cultures. In some cultures, women and men wear long robes or different kinds of veils. In many European nations, nude beaches are a popular option in the summer. The entire way we dress is determined by our culture, but you don’t have to listen to these restrictions forever.

Ultimately, straight men can do whatever they want. If you feel more attractive with a kilt or skirt billowing around your knees, have at it. It is not your problem if other people judge or disapprove. They have issues—you’re just wearing a skirt. If it makes you happy, go for it.


  1. Thank you Courtney!
    I’m a hetero man who wears dresses more often than pants. Wherever I go. I first added skirts and dresses to my wardrobe because I wanted to. Very badly.
    As you might expect I was very concerned about how people would respond to me, especially parents of little kids. I shouldn’t have been. If anything, people treat me better when I’m in a dress or skirt than when I’m in pants.
    As for the reaction of kids and their parents, most kids are oblivious, a good number of the rest are appreciative and the ones who have laughed at me were admonished by their parents!
    If anything, my journey has brought out my prejudices more than other people’s.
    One time while wearing a skirt in a store I noticed a woman in a long, full skirt and a hijab giving me what I took to be very disapproving looks. I chalked it up to a her having a rigid notion of proper gender roles. Later, I saw she was struggling to get through the entrance door so I opened and held it for her. She immediately lit up like Times Square in appreciation of getting some help. As she passed by me she said, “Those sure are some pretty legs you have there!”
    Clearly, I was the one working off of a false stereotype and she was just having a bad day and a minor act of common courtesy was all it took to restore her outlook on life!
    So Courtney, men can wear whatever makes them feel good in public and so long as they feel good about it themselves so will nearly everyone they meet!

    • Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. It is great to hear that you have received positive reactions to your actions that are based in kindness and compassion. Feel free to continue to share your kindness and compassion with the world. Have a great day, David!

  2. I agree that the way you are dressed is based form your culture and life style. I say if you feel comfortable in you clothing, then wear your own personal styles. I also agree that if other people do not like your personal chooses then you do not need them in your life.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Please feel free to share more of your insights and experiences in the future. Have a great day, Tom!

  3. Great article. I have been wearing skirts to local dances, in the privacy of my home and in friends properties as well and only had a very few negative response. This is my life and i will do what makes me happy. I am a normal heterosexual sexual man who is not a transgender, transvestite or gay. I also wear dresses and satin nighties to bed. I have a satin fetishism and that’s it. Skirts are more comfortable than trousers. Most people don’t mind as long as it does not break the law. Skirts rock. Women can wear mens clothes so then men can wear money’s as long as it’s not bras.

    • Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. It is great that you are willing to share your thoughts and feelings. Please feel free to share more of your positive comments in the future. Have a great day, David!

    • I won’t judge you for wearing or having a satin fetish. so. don’t be so hard on men wearing bras. I have to because of my age and medications I am on I have large breast and need the support.

      • Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. We always appreciate when members of our community share their kindness and compassion. Please share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Morgan!

      • Morgan: I agree. I too have breasts that require support most if the time, but I also like to wear women’s clothing – I have since I was about 5 yo. For me a bra serves two purposes. Support for my 40C breasts caused by a late-in-life hormonal imbalance; and a bra makes me feel more complete when I am dressed in women’s clothing. I’m sure we’re mot alone for whatever the reason is for loving bras.

  4. Thank you Courtney, a great article.
    I am also a straight guy who wears dresses and skirts whenever I can – I just find them so much more comfortable than pants/trousers, and I just love all the different styles available.
    I go out as a man wearing a dress or skirt, I am not trying to impersonate a woman. My wardrobe consists of far more womens clothes than it does mens clothes, including shoes and boots, and I am proud of it. I just find mens clothes so boring.
    Whilst I do order some of my dresses, skirts and other items of clothing designed for women through the internet, I do also love to go clothes shopping in person, and one of my favourite stores is Long Tall Sally in Chiltern Street, London. Whenever I visit the shop – and I will most definitely be wearing a dress or skirt, I receive absolutely fantastic service. I am always offered the opportunity to try on any clothes I am interested in purchasing without having to ask.
    I did feel a little apprehensive at first when I went out wearing a dress or skirt, not knowing what sort of reaction I would get, but in general I receive positive comments, particularly from women. I was travelling on the tube in London on one occasion wearing a pretty summer maxi dress when a woman came and sat next to me, immediately saying ‘you look fabulous and I love your dress’ – how good that made me feel! We then went on to have quite a long conversation about why men should be able to wear dresses, without being ridiculed.
    Yes, there will be occasions when you get strange looks or you can sense that people are talking about you, but my reaction to that is to display an air of confidence – after all, I am not doing anyone any harm by wearing a dress, skirt, high heels or any other items of clothing or footwear traditionally regarded as ‘feminine’

    • Thank you for your response–it is always great getting feedback from readers. It sounds like you are also quite an advocate for any other guys out there who would like to have more clothing choices, but are afraid of what people might think. Thanks for commenting, Tony!

  5. I agree!! I love wearing bras/panties/slips/dresses/leggings/
    blouses/lipsticks/perfumes/lotions/makeup/wigs. It feels and fits so much better on me then my boy clothes. I’m not gay/transsexual or into guys. If people think otherwise or scrutinize then you need to forget about them and do your own thing.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. It is important to feel comfortable and secure. Please feel free to share with our community in the future. Have a great day, Petey!

  6. I am A straight guy not gay but since I was little I loved womens clothing I am now 55 Married
    I said to My Wife two days ago I have better clothes than you see looked at me what do you mean I have my womens clothes your not turning gay are you I said No .way I love dressing in my time which is very little I have never gone out in Public but all ways felt trapped now My Wife knows I feel much better for coming out to her she was shocked at first but now we are Shopping together she loves my taste in the dresses I Buy I have seen her going though all my womens clothes & can I wear this sure you can please put it back were you got it from.Any man feels trapped please feel free to please yourself I thought depressed & ashamed of myself But Now I feel free thanks for a great Article.

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. Please feel free to share more of your positive and supportive comments. Your words will certainly help other members of our community in the future. Have a great day, Peter!

  7. Great article, like most men on here I am straight and married with children. I believe growing up with sisters has enabled me to explore my feminine side at an early age. I have never applied makeup or a wig since there is no way I could pass as a female even if I wanted. I wear dresses mostly in the privacy of my home. The only people who have seen me in a dress and heels have been the salespeople at the women’s clothing and shoe stores. The sales staff in the stores are great and helpful if you need assistance. Its such a great feeling to be your true self not having to hide. In fact even the other women that I’ve stood next to while shuffling through the clothing racks have been quite accepting of a man picking out an outfit. My wife of 27 years has caught me once in pantyhose and it was one of those situations where we did not speak of it since it happened. Not sure if she would accept finding out what else I wear so I keep it a secret for now.

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. It is great that you have found comfort in department stores. You may find benefit in speaking with your partner about your thoughts and feelings. However, you should make the determination of what you feel is appropriate for your relationship. Please feel free to share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Hose!

  8. I occasionally go out in public dressed in skirts or dresses while presenting male. I do things that boring, middle-aged men might do, but in pretty clothes. I choose a style that maintains my masculinity, I think. I don’t dress around people who know me. I have “flown pretty” several times. I have done Christmas shopping and grocery shopping. I have gone to church twice in a skirt. I have gone ballroom dancing twice. I bought a car in a skirt.
    I have been treated with respect whenever I have gone out. As I get better at fashion, I have received a few compliments. But it was not always this way… Years ago, people would:
    1) Stare until I looked at them. Then they would look away in order to not be rude.
    2) Quickly turn to their companions and whisper. Then several of them would take a look.
    3) Rarely scowl at me.
    4) Only once two young women laughed at me.
    These days, people are more familiar with stuff like men in skirts. They are not as surprised to see it. These days, people will:
    1) Look to see what I am wearing, then they look away in order not to be rude.
    2) Infrequently, some people will smile at me and say hello.
    3) Rarely, as I have gotten better at fashion, I have received a few compliments.
    4) Very rarely, a few women have said, “You are beautiful, by the way.”
    Throughout the years, in general, I have always been treated with respect whenever I have gone out. My dream interaction would be for a woman to ask me, “Where did you buy that xxxx?” If I ever reach the status of dressing in a way that a woman would want to find the outfit for herself, I will have reached fashion success. 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. Your comments will certainly be beneficial for other members of our community. It is great that you have has such positive experiences in your life. Please share more of your supportive comments in the future. Have a great day, Joey!

  9. I am a man lining in Eastern Australia, Sydney now Geelong. My preference is for fluffy angora sweaters, I adore wearing them and rarely raise an eyebrow. I also have a beautiful collection of cashmere twinsets, I wear them around town with my top button clasped, a classic look, I love it with my ladies skinny jeans and ladies short boots. I also have a strong desire to wear gloves, leather, wool….all types….I love it all

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. We love hearing from members of our community about their thoughts and feelings. Please share more of your supportive comments in the future. Have a great day, Charlotte!

  10. I love sleeping in long satin gowns. I’m over 70 and tall. My wife at first thought it was unusual but has come to love the increased sensuality it brings to our love life. It makes me feel so sensual especially when she rubs my back. I’ve convinced her to wear more sexy satin stuff too and our love life has improved 1000%
    The spaghetti strap look took a while to get used to and can be a bit cold a t night .sometimes I add a mans PJ tot. i love to look at myself in the mirror in the morning. Its kind of a buff look on a broad shouldered man like me. The sensuallity of the satin against me, when i wrap up tight is amazing.
    Ive had trouble finding tight satin gowns . Most are flowing below the waist

  11. I often go out walking at night wearing a skirt but am eager to go out in public during the day. I want to be able to travel on public transport and walk about without fear of negativity towards me. I live in a small town and I’m 6feet tall with an athletic body, and shaven legs. I am really worried I will cause a commotion and be arrested for causing a breach of the peace. Is it possible this could happen? Can anyone advise? Best regards, Nigel Collins.

    • Depending on the city and country that you live in, your behaviors may or may not be legal. However, your decision to wear what you want is appropriate and acceptable. You should check your local laws. If the laws in your area are restrictive, then you may want to move or work through political channels to change those laws. Have a great day, Nigel!

  12. I have a alter ego…………I dress fully as a woman and go out….I never have any trouble. I enjoy the getting ready….then picking my outfit…then it s off shopping cafe or bar….most woman love to natter to me and complement me on my outfits…they also say they wished they could apply there make up like mine……its wonderful being 2 people as the buzz you get from it is Amazing…..No I will never stop……as it so much fun…I am open and have told my work mate s..they don t mind

    • Thank you for sharing your supportive comment. We always appreciate when members of our community share their insights and experiences. We look forward to hearing more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Jane!

  13. Hi, I’m a man who doesn’t look his age. I exercise a lot and I have been attracted to try women clothings just for the fun. I’m straight man with no attraction about men. I have bern dressing with women clothing for a year on some occasions when I’m alone at home. Last week I walked in a park at night wearing a mini skirt and high heels. I wanted to experience the feeing on a windy night. I walked the whole park. I didn’t encounter anyone, but I didn’t mind. Turned out that wearing a mini skirt was very enjoyable and comfortable. I’m tempted to do it again. But wearing high heels shoes, that’s another story. It was fun, but after a while it was painful as it leave my feet with blisters. If it was common for men wearing skirt, I would gladly wear that publicly tomorrow if not today.

    • Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. It is helpful and beneficial when members of our community share their stories such as you did. We look forward to hearing more of your supportive comments. Have a great day, Marc!

  14. wear women’s panties,nylons,clothes,reason I do is I have a feminine side,i wear thongs under my pants in public ,i would never wear a thong bathing suit out in public,don’t have a good enough butt.but the nylons and woman panties under my clothes I feel very comfortable and sexy .i do have skirts and short short jeans cut very tight and tank tops(i do have some man breasts going and my legs are hot to)i wear them around the house,when dressing in woman clothes you should show your best assets,and you will look hot,men wearing thongs are hot if they have a nice butts wish i I had a nice tight butt. I am straight.

  15. Like many here, I am a straight, married guy with kids and I LOVE to wear womens high heel sandals in public, have been for years. The wife is OK with that and even has bought me some sandals to wear. The past few years I have been wanting to wear gals clothes in public. I have two dresses (shared with the wife) that I wear alone at home, when the wife is away. Even tho she is OK with the heels, she balks a lot at the dress wearing. I would like to try getting out in a dress someday – as a guy – I would not pass as a gal, we will have to see if it ever develops. In the meantime I am very happy with getting out in beautiful high heel sandals with painted toenails.

    • You are fortunate to have a fairly open-minded wife! Thank you for sharing your experience, SF–I am sure our other readers appreciate getting to hear it!

  16. I have been in public wearing leggings and a tshirt. I don’t think anyone really cared or even paid attention for that matter. At one point in time I was wearing womens clothes to work, and i work at an assembly plant, no one said anything or even looked at me weird. I’m quite surprised because I’m quite masculine and bearded most of the time. I have since stopped, as I am heavyset, and would like to be a better size and weight for better outfit options.

    • I think a lot of people just don’t care what everyone else is doing. As for the size and weight, I totally understand. Women’s clothes are designed to show off every single curve, so it feels like even an ounce of fat makes some clothes impossible to wear. Thanks for commenting, Corky Jones!


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