K-Pop and fashion are two inseparable entities today, with idols often leading trends instead of following them. Though the global expansion of the industry has amplified the influence of K-Pop artists in the field of fashion, the world still struggles to keep up.
While globally, male popstars that embraced typically “feminine” pieces of clothing are still rare, in South Korea, male idols have rocked clothing articles like skirts for years. Here are eight such artists for some genderless styling inspo for men:
1. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon
As one of the pioneering figures who bridged the worlds of K-Pop and high fashion, it is no surprise that G-Dragon was one of the first male idols to embrace skirts, be it photoshoots or live performances.
Almost every member of the global phenomenon called BTS has rocked a skirt at one point in their career. Some wore it for photoshoots,
ahaha remember hobi in a skirt? yeah… lots of thoughts to be thunk —🌙 pic.twitter.com/STmC3nKX9t
— ENBTS Fic Fest (REST) (@enbtsficfest) February 18, 2021
while others incorporated it into their daily outfits!
3. GOT7 Mark
Mark has often shown a penchant for skirts in his photoshoots of late. Be it a short skirt or a full-length one, the man really knows how to own a piece!
Let's talk about Mark Tuan in skirts 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/HMLoNBcfSH
— Chris ♍ (@dpryienzy) August 15, 2021
4. GOT7 Yugyeom
Another GOT7 member who has effortlessly incorporated skirts into his styling is Yugyeom. He even committed to the whole bit, jumping and twirling around, breaking one toxic masculinity trait after another!
— ia (@nyeongbeom_) December 22, 2020
yugyeom skirt happening on my 100 days <3 pic.twitter.com/6UhareCVMA
— dice ! (@lixuals) December 10, 2020
5. EXO Sehun
Sehun‘s love for wearing skirts is no news for fans. Even with his muscular build, the EXO maknae can rock a mean skirt and has done so for multiple magazine shoots, much to the delight of fans.
6. SHINee’s Taemin
There is no doubt that Taemin is a pathbreaker in terms of all his artistry. That includes his music, dance, and fashion. While he is a veteran in the skirt-wearing business, he has also effortlessly rocked other “feminine” clothing, including sports bras, stalkings, and crop tops.
Taemin skirt collection pic.twitter.com/Z7cS5DR8pe
— ♤ (@untiItaem) June 21, 2021
just taemin wearing a bra, stockings, crop tops and skirts pic.twitter.com/M2L75cU2Io
— j (@summertaemin) May 18, 2021
7. SHINee’s Key
Key is another SHINee member known for his penchant for shattering gender norms. So, it is no surprise that among his many talents, he can also serve immaculately in a skirt.
omg key in a skirt get you an idol that defies gender norms🥺 pic.twitter.com/MGUNYvZ6Gz
— caratbong water (@voboed) August 24, 2021
Following the path of BTS, all the members of TXT have shown their appreciation for skirts in varying degrees. However, The most frequent wearer of all five members has to be Yeonjun.
Though this specific list concludes here, many more male idols have shattered gendered clothing norms, rocking skirts on and off stage. Some honorary mentions would include A.C.E‘s Jun and Donghun,
and NCT 127.