This season, our wardrobes are about to reverse our typical expectations, making room for a unisex spectacular.
According to the fashion industry, something that is becoming more popular is clothing that is non-gender specific. Let’s face it, it’s not unheard of for men to buy women’s skinny jeans and for women to purchase men’s wacky shirts (I’ve definitely been this person – one of my favourite shirts is a men’s piece designed by Pierre Balmain, so I’m excited to explore this trend). So why not, it makes sense to create a unisex wardrobe that is suitable for everyone. I love the idea in terms of equality but it also encourages styling to break boundaries like never before without sacrificing taste. Plus, considering this trend has been evolving for a while, it only makes sense.
I think a lot of daring women have played around with this idea for years with the ‘androgynous look’, but the combination of sexes with this trend appears to be more literal this time round. Usually blurred boundaries is seen as a negative thing, but in this case it encourages people to see the individual as a person rather than for what sex they are. Furthermore, this trend may help us to sprint away from the idea of ‘girly colours’ and ‘masculine shapes’, instead it should encourage us to realise that both men and women can be canvases of style rather than gender. I’m definitely more interested in how an individual styles their ensemble rather than what they’re styling it with.
With a unisex wardrobe it eliminates the embarrassment that tends to be associated with buying your own clothing from stores intended for the opposite gender.
However, in a recent vogue article it debuted some ideas for a ‘his and hers’ collection from various designers and I couldn’t help but notice how these examples essentially resembled the wardrobe of a man. This lead me to believe that perhaps this idea of unisex clothing is still a little further from reality than predicted. It’s very rare to market women’s clothing to men as it is usually designed to accentuate the shape of the female body, making it extremely difficult for the male form to pull off. In my opinion, this trend has great intentions, but is still lacking in some areas.