Cross-dressing may stop short of skirts for men

October 15, 1992|By N.Y. Times News Service

It's true that women are wearing men's ties. What's untrue is the rumor that skirts will catch on with men.

Nevertheless, as men's and women's notions of dressing converge, the most significant changes are in store for men.

Fall collections from top men's wear designers were full of casualseparates. Instead of the familiar formula of matching suit and vest, or tie and shirt, a man may now dude himself up much the way many women do. Color is entering men's wear in a big way: a jacket of one color and fabric, a different color T-shirt and sweater.

One of the most popular items for men and women this fall has been the black leather vest. The big sweeping coat is another strong fall fashion for both. There is no difference in the styling. But the most important change is the premise of black as the basis of men's wardrobes, just as it is of women's.

One women's fashion being appropriated by men is leggings. Men's wear designers in Milan, Paris, and New York all showed knit leggings substituting for pants.

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