A married father of three who started wearing women's clothes four years ago and hasn't looked back says he's determined to challenge gender stereotypes about fashion.
Mark Bryan, an American living in Germany, proudly wears tight skirts and high heels to work, in stores and even at home, reports Bored Panda.
The 61-year-old robotics manager started out in college when his then-girlfriend asked him to do it before dancing with her.
Later in life he started wearing skirts and created an Instagram account @ markybryan911 to share his daily looks.
61-year-old American Mark Bryan wears high heels and skirts to work with a men's button-down shirt every day because he believes clothing is not gender-specific
The father of three wears his favorite outfit almost everywhere, including on the way to work, in the shops and even at home
Mark regularly posts photos of himself posing in his stylish outfits. Often times, he coordinates his signature male button-collared shirts with a pair of heels to confuse certain gender expectations.
In his biography, Mark describes himself as a "heterosexual, happily married man who loves Porsches, integrates beautiful women and heels and skirts into my daily wardrobe".
Talking about his favorite items, Mark said he went for 5-inch stilettos and pencil skirts, which he mostly buys online.
"Not particularly comfortable, but I really like the way the heels look with a tight pencil skirt," he said.
In order to create an online gallery of his looks, he set up an Instagram account where he poses in his non-gendered outfits that he feels most comfortable in
In his Instagram profile, Mark says he is a "straight, happily married man who loves Porsches, integrates beautiful women and heels and skirts into my daily wardrobe".
Mark's look is a shirt with buttons, a tight pencil skirt, and five-inch stilettos that he loves for the power of women when they wear them
Mark told BoredPanda that he wears the clothes he wears "because I can," claiming he has always admired women who wear tight skirts and heels and the power they show off.
Several people have questioned Mark's sexuality since he openly started wearing skirts, which he believes can make him quick-tempered.
"Most of the time, I'll tell them it's none of their business," he said. "Sometimes I just say I'm straight.
"But there are times when I go out with some, mostly men, when asked. I answer with something like," Why should I wear a skirt so you can think of my sexual preferences? "Or" Would you ask the same question if Would I wear pants? "or" Would you ask a woman who wears a skirt and heels about her sexual preferences? "
The robotics manager said he could get angry when people question his sexuality and said he wasn't acting "sissy".
The American, who currently lives in Germany, says he gets angry when people ask if he is gay and challenges those who ask him if they would ask the same question if he were a woman who changed his outfits wearing
Fortunately, Mark has the full support of his wife and three children – a son and two daughters – who he sat with and talked about the ways he likes to dress
Mark has been married three times, but has been with his current wife for 11 years. His partner and children support him in his decisions.
When he talked about the first time he opened his clothes to his children, a son and two daughters, he said, “I just told them that their father likes to wear skirts and heels and isn't worried about me am gay or that it is anything sexual. & # 39;
From then on, the 6-foot dad mixed and matched styles before he felt brave enough to work in his favorite outfit – starting with heels and pants, before going into a skirt all day.
He admitted the first time he went to work wearing a skirt he was nervous before realizing that a vast majority of people don't care what a person wears.
Mark, who is 6 feet tall, started wearing heels when an old college friend asked him to do so while he danced with her – and he never looked back
Mark has some problems with his clothes but learned to deal with the criticism in time and focuses on the fact that only a small fraction of people have a problem with his clothes choices
Mark had some problems while traveling, but said he soon understood that only a small fraction of people have a problem with it.
Mark said, “Some people, mostly men, are surprised that I'm just a normal guy who can have a normal male conversation.
"Clothes have no gender, but I call my shirts men's shirts. Just to be clear, I don't wear blouses.
"Even if I'm wearing a man's shirt, a woman's skirt, and heels, it's all non-gender-specific clothing for me."