The industry has a penchant for the seamed-on-the-inside skirt, an accessory for men’s casual wear that has been embraced by the men’s fashion community since the mid-1990s.
While the skirt is usually a subtle design—as opposed to a signature item of clothing—it’s the primary way to show off one’s style.
It’s often the style that’s chosen by the most men, said Mattie O. Miller, director of fashion innovation at the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at the University of Southern California.
Thats why men are so keen on wearing them, she said.
“It has a timeless appeal.”
In recent years, the industry has become obsessed with sewn up skirts, with women’s brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Zara, and Marc Jacobs all taking the trend to the next level.
But while sewn on skirts have been popular for years, women’s wear has also been taking the plunge.
“A lot of it is the new wave, where the skirts are becoming more comfortable and more streamlined,” Miller said.
This is because the market is starting to shift towards a more casual and more laidback look.
In addition to women’s clothing, women are also increasingly turning to men’s clothing as a way to express themselves and show off their individuality.
“Theyre more comfortable wearing suits, jeans, shirts, and blazers,” Miller explained.
This trend is also becoming more prevalent in the apparel industry.
“The trend of the seaming-on–the-insides skirt is definitely a trend,” Miller added.
Seaming on the insides skirt can also be worn with or without a jacket, making it versatile for a wide variety of occasions.
In fact, a recent study showed that only 12% of men were willing to wear jackets in public, while 59% of women said jackets should be worn in public.
But it’s important to remember that seamed on the inside is not a fashion accessory for the sole purpose of showing off.
“People don’t just want a seamed—they want a worn-in look,” Miller continued.
“Thats why theyve got a sewn–on–insides, not a seaming–on-insies look.
The reason is that theyve gotta show off.”
And while the trend is getting more attention, the seamstress behind the seamsays that they are is not.
“Seams are the work of a seamstress,” Miller told Newsweek.
“This is not some sort of fashion accessory.”
In fact the sewing industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. Today, the sewing and apparel industry employs over 6.5 million people.
In the apparel and fabric industry alone, the number of workers in the industry grew from 3.3 million in 1997 to 7.1 million in 2015.
In this same period, the men made up just 2.3% of the total U.N. population, but they account for more than half of the global workforce.