Lunchtime Snap:

At the trend-setting men’s wear shows this week in Paris and Milan, skirt-like skorts for men have popped up on some runways.

A look from Yohji Yamamoto’s Fall/Winter 2009/2010 runway show in Paris this week. Click to enlarge.

Yohji Yamamoto’s version was so long, flowing and full that his culottes definitely straddled the skirt/pants line, while Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen showed more tailored styles in which the culottes silhouette was more defined.

Similar looks have been percolating in fashion circles recently — Mr. Yamamoto unveiled skirts for men at his September runway show for the Y-3 label for Adidas. And, Marc Jacobs has been appearing at high-profile events and parties wearing skirts or skorts since early fall. The designer, who donned a skirt yet again for the Louis Vuitton’s men’s show in Paris Thursday, took a bow wearing a pair of tartan skorts at his Marc by Marc Jacobs runway show in September and just two weeks ago was photographed at a New York screening of “Defiance” in a skirt.

Retailers have been skeptical of the trend, however. Colby McWilliams, Neiman Marcus‘ men’s fashion director, for example, said he didn’t buy any men’s skirts for spring, noting that the daring look is likely to be a hard sell, especially during a recession.

Readers, what do you think of skirts for men? Would you try the look?

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan