A married father of three has gone viral over his gender-bending style that regularly incorporates women’s skirts and high heels into his wardrobe, along with traditional men’s pieces. Mark Bryan, an American robotics engineer living in Germany, recently said in a conversation with Bored Panda that he likes to mix up styles, not because of a sexual fetish—but to prove that clothing is genderless.
"I dress like this because I can. Just to be different," Bryan told the website. "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."
Bryan says he prefers skirts to dresses because dresses don't allow him to "mix" genders and he prefers a masculine look above the waist and a non-gendered look below the waist.
"All the fashion options," answered Bryan, when asked why he feels inspired to wear heels and skirts. "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."
Coming from a woman, that all sounds perfectly reasonable. But don't sleep on those accessories, Mark!
When asked how wearing women's garments makes him feel, Bryan said it feels no different—aside from the obvious drafts on cold or windy days.
"When wearing heels, I feel taller, but also empowered for some reason," he explained. "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."
Thankfully, Bryan, who has been happily married for 11 years, has the unyielding support of his family behind him. "My wife often makes suggestions on what I should wear," he quipped. "My daughter wishes she could borrow my shoes at times."
You can head over to Bryan's Instagram account to check out more of his lewks. Who knows, maybe he'll even inspire some fashion-forward men out there to experiment with their own wardrobes. Wear it loud and proud, gentlemen!