Remember eyeing a piece of clothing under the men’s section? Or being told that you shouldn’t wear something because it’s “too boyish”? Well, gender distinctions are getting increasingly blurred in the realm of fashion now.
You’re probably familiar with the terms “unisex clothing” or “androgynous dressing”, with some bigger fashion brands incorporating styles that aren’t gender-specific. For instance, Zara’s ‘Ungendered’ collection introduced in 2016, featuring hoodies and t-shirts, which was met with mixed reviews. But in recent years, there’s been a palpable shift in the fashion industry towards genderless fashion, partly thanks to the younger generation which has given new meaning to unisex fashion, and taken the concept of androgyny another step further.
Think: Harry Styles, who famously incorporates womenswear into his concert attire and everyday wear.
That said, genderless fashion is more than just about men wearing skirts or women wearing suits. The growing desire for authenticity and disinterest in distinguishing one’s gender has paved the way for smaller, independent labels to supply that demand, creating clothes with the ethos of having the freedom to wear whatever you want.
Nowadays, many genderless fashion brands go beyond everyday basics. Instead, they offer unique pieces and prints that push the boundaries of unisex fashion, challenging the way you think about “male” and “female”. Keep scrolling for the genderless brands you should know about.