January 22, 2015 12:00 AM | by Mimi Raad - Styling Coach
Gender Neutral Fashion
We’ve been calling for gender equality in all aspects of life: the
office, out in society and at home - all while borrowing t-shirts,
blazers (especially when Hedi Slimane designed for Dior Men), cardigans
and sweatshirts from our menfolk.
Most women, at some point, have flirted with menswear.
Hepburn used to wear Brooks Brothers shirts; Marlene Dietrich looked
hottest in a Tuxedo; and Doris Day glowed while wearing her lovers’
shirts. Which brings me to unisex dressing. The term “unisex” was first
used in the sixties, and mainly referred to women wearing (altered)
men’s clothes. Today, unisex dressing, i.e. a woman wearing either a
shirt or a pair of pants or both, is the norm.
This afternoon, while
flipping through a fashion magazine, I saw that norm pushed even
further - Miuccia Prada in her latest fashion show, fused both women’s
and men’s wear on the same runway, saying: “(When I design), I think
people and not gender.”
That certainly holds true for such items as
bomber jackets, sweatshirts and trainers – all key pieces in both men
and women’s wardrobes.
Many brands are following Prada’s edict by
integrating non-gender specific clothes into their collections. Others,
like Givenchy and Burberry, are producing versions of the same style,
for both sexes.
Personally, I'll keep hunting the men’s collections,
looking for exceptionally big scarves, t-shirts and shoes, like Church’s
black lace-ups (yup, I got mine!).
I’m not suggesting we forgo sexy
dresses, but, for the heck of it, consider diving into your boyfriend's
closet and fishing out some pieces. A pair of wide-legged trousers worn
with a low-cut open shirt and a pendant showing your cleavage is as
sexy, or even sexier, than a bodycon black dress.
Let’s reverse that
for a moment, how would you feel about your boyfriend or husband wearing
your clothes? Say, a skirt by Rick Owen or J.W Anderson? I’m not sure
I’m ready for it, but hey, who am I to judge?!
Fashion is fun!
masculine clothing, going all feminine or androgynous is not the point.
My advice is whatever style you adopt, don’t forget to feminize and
personalize your look.
We’ve been struggling to be equal with men, for ever, but that doesn’t mean we have to lose our femininity in the process.
Yes, we can!
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