With clothing usually being depicted as masculine or feminine, it can be hard for people who do not fall into the gender binary category to find clothes that are comfortable for them to wear. However, with more and more celebrities coming out and breaking the gender norms, such as Harry Styles or Jaden Smith, there could be a rise in what is known as gender-fluid, or, androgynous, fashion.
Before recently, gender-fluid fashion still existed, with many celebrities and bands such as queen, david bowie, and prince, rocking more feminine or androgynous looks while performing. The idea of different clothing not having a gender is not new, but we are beginning to see it in more modern day situations, with it being more about the modern day outfit than what is being put on stage. As Munroe Bergdorf, the first transgender model in the UK for L’Oreal, states, “What we need to be doing is making sure that fashion is as inclusive behind the scenes as it is in front of the camera or on the runway.” With more and more designers starting to release work that would be labeled gender-fluid, it gives people the chance to find and wear something that they feel comfortable in.
So what are some ways that you could wear gender-fluid fashion? Many ways people do this is by wearing clothing that could be seen as the “opposite” of their gender, such as Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue. And while clothes have no gender, it can make people feel more confident in how they present themselves. Gender-fluid fashion is all about making you feel comfortable in your own skin, weather if that means wearing a skirt or jeans, it's totally up to you.
If you're looking for places to buy from that specialize in gender neutral/ non-conforming clothing, then there are many places to choose from. There are many small businesses and high fashion designers that you might not have known about before. Many places include Nicopanda, which specializes in streetwear that is meant for everyone. There is also DB Berdan, which doesn't want its personal style to be defined by any gender roles, and so many other high level fashion stores that you could find.
But why are these stores important? Supporting stores like these helps boost the gender-fluid fashion ideals and helps more people who need help finding clothes that are right for them. If these fashion ideas and designs were held up to the same level such as Gucci or Louis Vuitton, then it would start to normalize the idea that anyone should be able to wear what they want, and not feel stuck by the gender roles of our society.
Written by: Ali Wiederhold