‘My wife doesn’t mind that I wear skirts and heels – Carrie Bradshaw is my muse’

A man loves to wear heels and skirts to the office and his wife just embraces his fashion choices.

Mark Bryan, 63, proudly dons women's skirts and heels to his day job, and said the only time he's not wearing heels is "on the football pitch".

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Mark prides himself on his "hybrid" style, but he now lives in Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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Mark's eclectic dress sense came about after he became "bored" with traditional male clothing in 2015.

His decision to experiment with fashion doesn't bother his wife, and she even helps him to pick out outfits during weekend shopping trips.

Mark, who works as a robotics engineer, said: "I see clothes as genderless, and I love the freedom I get from being able to wear both men's and women's clothes.

"I first started exploring with my style when shopping with my wife, and she suggested 'why don't we look at dresses and skirts?'

"After 20 years of wearing a suit and tie, I'd gotten bored.

"June 2015 I started wearing high heels with pant suits into the office.

"I paired some red pumps with a red tie and never looked back.

"My colleagues joked 'one day Mark is going to wear a dress', but little did they know that I would in 2018.

"People are so ingrained that certain garments are for men, and others are for women and when you cross that line then you're gay.

"I'm a straight, cis man and how I dress has nothing to do with sexuality. 'I love wearing what I wear."

Mark and his wife have been happily married for 11 years and live with their children.

His wife – who did not want to be named – said she supports Mark, and she thinks he looks "amazing" in anything.

"He wears much higher heel than I do, but his legs look much better also," she said.

Mark has been proudly donning women's skirts and heels to his day job for the last five years – but he's always been interested in exploring his style since his college years.

The dad-of-three has always been fascinated by stilettos and high heels, which he's worn since his time at college.

Back then he wouldn't wear them out in public – but he'd wear them around his room with his partner at the time.

"I remember when I first tried a pair on at 21-years-old and I was a natural – it wasn't a Bambi on ice moment at all," he said.

"To me, high heels give the illusion of confidence which should be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of gender and sexual orientation."

He said brands like Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo are firm favourites, and his style inspiration is Carrie Bradshaw from hit franchise Sex And The City.

The 6ft tall professional said: "I like a clean look of a shirt and blazer up top, and then skirt and heels on the bottom.

"I tried on a dress once, but I didn't like it because it was too feminine.

"When I'm going for a more relaxed look, I'll wear a denim skirt and three-inch heels.

"When I go into the city, I'll wear a block heel because of the cobble streets.

"The only time I'm not wearing heels is when I'm on the football pitch as I'm a keen player and coach.

"When I'm out and about, of course, people stare but most people will go on with their day after."

He lives in a small town, so Mark said he sometimes gets looks from people, but he doesn't let it bother him.

The father is happy in his own skin, so he just enjoys experimenting with fashion.

"I'm the most comfortable I've been in myself, and I think everyone deserves that," he added.

"I'm at an age when I don't care what people think.

"If individuals want to have a good look at what I'm wearing – that's okay.

"I'm fighting for everyone to have the freedom to dress how they wish."

Since June 2020, Mark has been documenting his style online through his Instagram that now boasts 620,000 followers.

His platform has seen him land exclusive photoshoots in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Interview Magazine.

Mark can be found in Instagram @‌markbryan911.


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