A fashion that is free of masculine and feminine preferences is called Genderless Fashion. Many designers and fashion enthusiasts are fast adopting this idea and living it. Thanks to the just concluded fashion weeks, a lot of designers are seen dressing their male models in female clothing and vice versa, Even on social media, a lot of men and women who are completely straight are seen rocking clothes that are supposedly meant for the other gender.
Apart from covering our nakedness, the second most obvious need for fashion is self-expression. Fashion can make us feel empowered and more in touch with who we are. We can feel more confident if the clothes we are wearing and the way we present ourselves matches up with our personality, identity and mood. And if wearing the ‘other gender’s clothes works it, then why not?
In most opinions, the reason for genderless fashion is diversity and inclusions. Fashion should be able to:
- Accommodate everyone despite sexes (straight, gays and bi) without divisions,.
- Fashion is more diverse in women’s clothing. Men should be able to partake of this diversity too if they like.
- Finally, in the actual sense of it, fashion is genderless. society and religion are to be blamed for the division. For eg, Priests wear skirts and gowns. It is also cultural for a man to wear a skirts and tie wrappers, For eg, In Warri Nigeria and in Scotland . These days, most women prefer to wear trousers and men suits. So in the real sense, men can wear bodycon dresses and heels too if they like.
- Lastly, clothes shouldn’t define gender. Just because a boy wants to wear women’s clothing shouldn’t make him less of a man and vice versa. People should be able to wear whatever they want without others having to put a label on it.
Finally, If you’ve been trying to explore different types of clothing or trying to switch up your style a bit, consider this as your sign to go ahead! Don’t let fear of other people’s judgement hold you back. Be yourself and wear what you want. Respectfully and on period.