Genderless clothing is gaining traction, and we couldn’t be happier
This year, the runways around the world are really feeling the 80’s – the boxy silhouettes, power-dressing for women, and of course, genderless or gender neutral clothing. In fact, with jumpsuits and boiler suits going strong since Spring, it’s safe to say that people are getting bolder of crawling out of gendered boxes and experimenting with clothing to find the truest expression of themselves.
The good fight
Around the world, women are rising up in arms to challenge the patriarchy, by getting elected into positions of power in politics and entertainment, smashing records in sports, and grabbing the spotlight in science and literature, and we’re even setting our sights on space. Men are joining the fight by challenging and toxic masculinity. The LGBTQ community is hitting back against regressive attitudes and policies. And all of this is being reflected in clothing choices.
"Genderless fashion may be defined as a concept that sees a garment not being prescribed to a preferred gender when designed, differencing itself from fashion’s established notions of 'menswear' and 'womenswear'."
While women have been comfortable wearing men’s clothes for decades, men also now have fewer hesitations when it comes to buying and wearing women’s fashion. And those purchasing patterns are challenging traditional gendered retail categories.
One step ahead
Interestingly enough, genderless fashion has been prevalent in South Asia long before the movement began elsewhere in the world. Our ethnic wear gives us a wide spectrum of silhouettes and accessories that can be worn by either sex without raising eyebrows. From kurtas to dhoti-style shalwars, to achkans, long scarves/uttorios, it’s all there, and particularly visible during the wedding season, when florals, pastels, and copious amounts of makeup and bling cross gender lines and make for dazzling photo ops.
Rocking the trend
It’s one thing to see a carefully styled fashion spread, and quite something else to incorporate it into your style. Our advice to people wanting to dip their toes into genderless dressing would be to start with one piece that is close to something you’d already wear, and then build the look gradually. Borrow from a friend of the opposite gender, whether it’s something as simple as a pair of jeans or a piece of jewellery, and try and wear it in a way that makes sense to you. Confidence is key here, and once you start feeling comfortable in it, the options are endless!
Photographer: Fabiha Atiq
Model: Amreeta Lethe Chowdhury
Makeup &styling: Zora Mohsin & Tasfia Huda