عربي

    Fustany on Instagram Fustany on Facebook
    Be part of the Fustany gang!
Please close the ad blocker to view the full site content
Fashion Header image article main gender neutral fashion mimi raad

| 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.

Katharine 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!

Wearing 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!







Tags: Mimi raad  Guest writers  Blogger  Fashion bloggers  Latest fashion trends  Fashion  Fashion 2015  Vintage  Vintage fashion  Women  Arab women  Men vs women  Style ideas  Style tips  Fashion tips  Men