Monday, 23 October 2017

Discussion: The growing trend of androgynous fashion

Fashion is inherently creative and forward-thinking. Ahead of the times and constantly reflecting societal changes, clothing is going through a transformation of gender-neutrality that is reinventing how we look at women’s fashion. Alongside Trilogy, a London-based boutique, we explore how – and why – women are opting to fill their wardrobes with traditionally men’s clothing styles.

Fashion freedom

Climbing the career ladder and becoming a success in our professions seems to be more important now than ever before. However, many men are still holding various managerial positions and some women find it is difficult to get noticed at work. By dressing in more masculine pieces of clothing, such as a suit, this can break down the differences between men and women and allow for a more equal playing field.
A bonus is the versatility of the suit, which helps eliminate buying multiple outfits or spending time picking one out on a morning. A couple of pairs of trousers, few shirts and a blazer or two is easily mixed and matched to create a new outfit with minimal effort.

Fresh outlook

Now, we’re seeing clothing tailored to the individual, not the gender. And like we said earlier, fashion imitates society. American media company, Fusion, carried out a survey and discovered that 50% of individuals claimed gender was not limited to male and female. Could it be this shift in attitude that has led to a growing number of women feeling more comfortable in adding stereotypically men’s clothing to their wardrobe?
Aside from the suit, other examples of women’s fashion inspired by traditional male clothing, include designer boyfriend jeans. The popularity of these on the high street has risen recently, perhaps partly due to public figures encouraging the gender-neutral shift. From snaps of Jaden Smith wearing skirts to rapper Young Thug’s public claims that there is no “such thing as gender”, androgynous fashion is supported far beyond the catwalk. And it’s not limited to adult fashion. Even Teen Vogue offers an advice column on gender identity.

How to make genderless fashion work for you

If you want in on the trend, a suit is a great way to feel confident and stylish. To make the most of this look, try ankle-skimming trousers with a slim-fit jacket, teamed with an open-collar shirt. Trousers, the most traditional of all men’s clothing, can actually make you look taller, too. Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, is a notable figure when it comes to power dressing, often pictured in a pair of slim-fit navy trousers, with a matching blazer and neck-tie.
Going for the casual look? Designer boyfriend jeans are a good style to opt for — and really comfortable! The looser, the better – but try to get a pair that are tapered at the leg when you can. To complement this look, try an oversized t-shirt tucked in at one side, helping to complement your figure and give your style credentials a boost.

It looks like gender-neutral clothing is a trend set to stick around. I think its something that i personally love to dabble with by adding one of two pieces in to my outfit.
Is this a trend you would try?

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  1. Hi Rachel, I find less in the way of trouser suits in the office now compared to ten years ago. There is far more in the way of skirts and prettiness. It's as if we are now saying we are women and proud and we will be feminine I'd we want and we won't be trodden on for it.still I'm fairly androgynous at the weekend in my dress. Anyone who follows my IG will agree with me. It's skirts all week then trousers at the weekend.

  2. Yes I would! But I also would add something very feminine, like high heels!

  3. An interesting post, Rachel. I left the workplace some years ago so have no idea what's going on there. You touched on the look as opening up a simple workplace capsule. What has long impressed me is men's ability to create a uniform, making dressing so easy and especially the one created for the office though they've got beauties for smart casual too - chinos, blue open neck and brown loafers, or suit jacket with jeans and shirt. So adopting a suit of 1 or each trousers and skirts, a jacket and blazer, a smart cardi and a few tops, heels and low heels makes for frustrationless office dressing and more time for coffee! Follow mens' lead with a few uniforms and make dressing easy!


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