The Future is Neither He nor She: Genderless Fashion

Genderless Fashion

Gone are the days when trousers were just for men and skirts were just for women. In 2018, gender lines are blurred and anyone can wear anything that they want.

What started out as a personal fashion style is now making its way to major runways as more respected designers dive into gender-neutral fashion. John Lewis, for example, has abolished the “boys” and “girls” labels on children clothes. Other popular brands are also launching their own gender-neutral collections and now leading the way in genderless fashion.

Blurring the He-She Line in Fashion

He-She Line in FashionWhile conversations surrounding gender expressions have gained a significant amount of attention as the line between traditional male and female binaries blurs. The shift of the cultural landscape and growing acceptance with mixed gender definitions paved the way for a different kind of fashion.

These conversations continue to thrive in the fashion scene. Models, fashionistas, and gender-neutral individuals are flooded with excitement to see a growing number of designers create gender-neutral lines. Some experts, however, believe that the new style movement is still far from achieving a more solid status.

For example, some stores still separate menswear from womenswear. While the fashion movement doesn’t demand to totally eradicate these sections, a gender-neutral section would’ve been much appreciated.

The Challenges of Going Neutral

Despite the positive slant and the scene’s growing acceptance for gender fluidity, the conversation regarding gender-neutral attire still lacks depth in terms of tilting the gender binary. Over the last few years, a number of popular and high-end brands entered the market, seeking to focus on gender neutral customers. Names treading the unisex line, revealed the LVHM, included Eckhaus Latta, Charles Jeffrey, and 69 US.

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While these names show more gender neutrality within collections, others who claim to join the movement still show less consideration as to what the revolution actually means.

Zara and H&M, for example, have both presented unisex offerings of sweatshirts, hoodies, and t-shirts designed for both women and men. While their intentions were positive, their collections were still merchandised within the womenswear or menswear sections. Despite their efforts, gender-neutral individuals and fans of their fashion cannot make purchases without physically placing themselves within one category or the other.

Sadly, there are still some brands that do not push current definitions. Instead, we see traditional women’s or men’s style presented as a blanket statement that capitalizes on the political consciousness and social movements of their customers.

How Can the Movement Go On?

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While the likes of Zara’s and H&M’s endeavors into unisex or neutral offerings failed, there are some brands who are doing it right.

The Phluid Project, which recently opened in New York, is the city’s first shop dedicated entirely to gender-neutral clothing. British department store John Lewis also boarded the unisex train when they stopped labeling their children’s wear for boys and girls.

For gender-neutral ranges to work, brands must create designs that count for a variety of body types related to assigned sex. It’s not a one-size fits all venture. Designs and sizes should accommodate different body shapes, comparable to leg and waist length when purchasing jeans.

Gender Free World is one of the trendsetters to this practice. The brand has created a different kind of sizing method — one that requires no numbers. Instead, customers can find their fit by browsing through a series of name that correspond to different body types.

Not Just the Big Brands

Such customization and diversity, however, shouldn’t just remain to an exclusive bunch of brand names that sell clothes at high prices. By selling instead of promoting gender neutral fashion, the industry fails to initiate a productive conversation about free gender expression.

Fashion brands should be accountable for their role in the unisex fashion movement.

A study from GLAAD revealed that 12 percent of millennials now identify themselves as members of the LGBTQ+ community, which means the need for increased representation — even in fashion — is no longer negotiable.

To move the gender-neutral cause forward, non-binary individuals must be present during the design and production of these clothing items. Their personal opinion and knowledge of the community will build a new criteria that accommodates the fashion requirements of those who “don’t fit the mold.” Widening the selection requires the voice of those who know the fashion that they want.

The Future of Genderless Fashion : How?

Taking steps to blurring the gender lines in terms of fashion isn’t just about blurring boundaries to create a spectrum. It’s all about letting go of preconceived notions that sit on either the masculine or feminine ends altogether. The future sees the binary model of gender not working anymore, as more people embrace sexuality and gender on their own right.

Genderless Fashion Basically, when people use to describe pieces of clothing as masculine or feminine, it completely defeats the purpose of genderless fashion. Influential people in the industry should begin the change: it’s not just about him or her; it’s all about fashion that screams, “IT’S FOR EVERYONE!”

It starts with having a selection or collection completely devoted to gender-neutral fashion. Also, it starts with the brands. Hopefully, the growing acceptance for all things unisex will convince these big names to dedicate a section of their shop to just genderless fashion — and not as simple additions to the menswear or women’s selection.

The time has come for today’s fashion industry to expand and reach new borders. The growing acceptance for clothes that don’t scream he or she says much about the society’s preparedness for a different kind of fashion scene.

The future, to be honest, is genderless. The fashion scene has plenty of time to catch up with the newest gender-neutral styles. And it’s going to be an exciting time when it finally does. No longer will shoppers be subjected to masculine and feminine choices only. When gender-less fashion becomes the norm, everyone has the freedom to express themselves in trousers, skirts, tank tops — no matter what style they want.

Today, fashion aficionados and brands can wait and hope that the industry will take the genderless route and produce more trousers for women and skirts for men.

Rethinking the Men’s Skinny Jeans Movement

Men’s Skinny Jeans

Years ago, it was all about women’s fashion — the looks, the dresses, and the styles. Not everyone really paid much attention to men’s fashion and style. Of course, men still wore their clothes and walked seasonal runway shows, but there wasn’t the same want to dress well or be the most dapper gentleman in the club.

The fashion industry’s normalization, however, resulted in a number of fashion items that cause no small amount of controversy over the years. Today, skinny jeans aren’t just a woman’s must-have or part of a teenage subculture. Men now know that they too can look good in a pair of super tight jeans.

That said, gone are the looks of tight indie musician pants or best fashion moments of the 90s. Skinny jeans are the new popular kids around the block.

Understanding the Skinny Fit

Skinny jeans can be categorized into two separate groups. While there are multiple variations in fit depending on the material, cut, and brand, these can still be divided into ‘standard’ and ‘spray-on.’

Standard skinny jeans are made from 100 percent cotton or have a small percentage of elastene for comfort. These styles do not usually taper down the leg and have wider ankle openings. Spray-on styles, on the other hand, are tapered close to the leg, have a higher proportion of stretch of elastene, and have narrow ankle openings.

Keeping these parameters in mind helps today’s fashion man to decide if their chosen pair of skinny jeans will suit their body type.

Spray-On Jeans

Skinny JeansNot everyone can pull of the spray-on jeans fashion. Only a lucky few can look good in these tight jeans; these include men with well-maintained proportions.

Choosing to wear such a revealing piece without seeming like you’re trying too hard can be tricky. If you’re tall and skinny, the jeans will only emphasize the lack of bulk. On the other hand, if you have a well-built upper body but slimmer, spray-on jeans will compromise your entire aesthetic.

These selective jeans draw attention to imperfections of the body if you don’t know how to wear them well.

How to Pull Them Off

First, stay away from the ‘all tight everything’ trap most men fall into. Replace your skintight t-shirts with regular-fitting styles that offer more room for your body.

Second, be realistic with your aesthetic. Spray-on skinny jeans are very casual so don’t mix them with smart tailored shirts. Streetwear-inspired or sports luxe pieces, however, are perfect for combining with these casual jeans. Think longline t-shirts, jackets, and fashion trainers.

Finally, consider monochrome color palettes — grey, black, white, and navy. Feel free to mix two pops of color for that adventurous style.

Standard Style Skinny Jeans

Standard Style Skinny JeansContrary to their spray-on counterparts, standard skinny jeans are more versatile. The less pronounced taper and wider leg allows tall and slim guys to rock the sharp silhouette while maintaining balance between their width and height. For those with broader upper bodies and smaller legs, these skinny jeans focus more on your outfit as a whole rather than the bottom half.

For bigger men, however, even standard styles are too tight. The sever leg taper cannot accommodate additional weight, be it fat or muscle. Proportion and balance are important when it comes to skinny jeans. Larger gents are better off with slim-fits, which offer a similar cut that flatters their figures.

Bear in mind that the size of your legs can also affect the appearance of your jeans. If you have bigger thighs, carrot fits up the comfort without compromising your appearance.

How to Pull Them Off

An important consideration with standard styles is lower leg taper. Some brands taper their designs more than others, which makes their jeans look more like spray-ons instead of the standard style. The ankle opening’s width also influences on the jeans’ overall aesthetics.

Tight openings look the best when matched with slimline shoes and trainers while wider openings can accommodate chunkier footwear.

Unlike spray-on skinny jeans, standard styles are better at integrating and tailoring into structured and formal ensembles. Offering a fitted appearance and clean lines, the overall effect is refined, smart, and understand — a stark difference from the dreaded in your face statement.

Last-Minute Skinny Jean Tips

Know Your Proportions

No two guys are alike, and body proportions are one of the major factors that set them apart. When selecting which skinny jeans will fit you better, always think about your body’s proportions. For more slender gents, go for the standard versions to ensure your shape is not too exaggerated. For men with more proportioned builds, don’t forget that while fitted styles are good, consider wearing rolled-up hems to complement your proportions.

The Fit is ALWAYS a Priority

It cannot be stressed enough that you need to try your jeans first before you buy them. The fit is EVERYTHING. Try on as many pairs as possible before you commit to a certain style.

Remember: people have different proportions. Just because one pair fit your brother perfectly doesn’t mean it will fit you too. Have someone check the jeans on you before you decide to buy them.

Ripped Skinny Jeans Also Work

Ripped jeans are one of the staple must-haves of every fashionable man. It adds texture, versatility, and a statement. Skinny jeans with cuts and holes will balance out your proportions and lessens the severity of each look.

The (Skinny) Bottom Line

skinny jeansFor a number of men, the skinny jeans are part of their wardrobe essentials — and it looks like this trend isn’t dying anytime soon. But as fashion changes every season, so do your clothes. That means you have to adapt always.

Don’t just wear your skinny jeans in one way. Think of you new combinations to wear your existing staples. Remember to stay up-to-date with fashion trends and faux pas and see how trendsetters are wearing their skinny jeans.

Amidst the changes, however, don’t forget to wear your jeans in the way you like them.


With that in mind, how would you wear or re-think your skinny jeans approach?

The Gen Y Route of Fashion: 10 Commandments of Millennial Styling

Millennial Styling

Millennials (otherwise known as Generation Y) are the largest generation to date. In fact, they’re even expected to outnumber the Baby Boomers by 2019. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that a lot of younger people are driving today’s trends, including the fashion sector. They are so influential even the biggest names in the business are listening to what this generation has to say.

Millennial fashion is all about following the rules and breaking them eventually. They recycle the trends of their predecessors and make it their own.

Whether you’re a Gen Y native or not, some of their rules will work for you, too. Here are the ten commandments of dressing like a millennial:

Fashion Rule 1: Wear What You Want

YOLO (You Only Live Once) is a real concept among millennials, especially in terms of fashion. Whatever the brand or the type of clothing you want, there’s just one rule: wear whatever makes you feel you.

As long as you’re happy and free to express yourself, you’re good to go. If you like wearing socks over your sandals or print on print, go ahead. No one’s going to judge.

Fashion Rule 2: Avoid Popular Labels from Before; Go for Indie or Classic Brands

Classic BrandsMillennials are big fans of “label-less” fashion. They avoid overloading on high-end designer accessories or wearing too many brands. Instead, they support indie labels that are chic and underrated. The younger generation love breaking the rules with statement shirts, odd cut-out pieces, and jeans from classic brands.

Fashion Rule 3: Athletic Shoes Make a Statement

Generation Y fashion aficionados enjoy being flashy, especially with their shoes. Popular brands, such as Adidas and Nike, lead the way with their impressive sneaker line. Male millennials are big fans of Jordans (named after basketball player Michael Jordan), which are statement sneakers that catches the attention of onlookers.

Athletes are influential in terms of shoes. Another Adidas standard called the Stan Smiths is also a staple of Gen Y fashion footwear.

Despite their love for athletic footwear, millennials also appreciate the classics. They just love combining the old with the new.

Fashion Rule 4: Athleisure Is Real (And You Just Gotta Deal)

Athletic ShoesStemming from the combination of athletes and leisure, athleisure is a trend Gen Y (and the younger generation) are embracing nowadays. As mentioned above, athletes are gaining more attention today. Apart from their shoes, their clothes and styles are also gaining a huge following.

This style is a combination of sport and casual while still looking quite fashionable. Invest in any sports brand to complete this look.


Fashion Rule 5: Comeback of Vintage Fashion Is Real

Generation Y fashionistas are reviving old fashion trends. Wide bottom jeans, high-heeled sandals, and bug-eyed glasses are making their way into every millennial’s closet. Retro Coachella looks include yellow-tinted retro glasses and tight-fitting jeans. Fortunately, there are plenty of shops that sell vintage clothing at affordable prices.

Fashion Rule 6: Gender Neutral Clothes are In

While the millennial man still identifies as a “cis man,” there is a growing acceptance of gender neutrality around him. The same applies to women. Today’s fashion does not restrict anyone to his or hers clothes; anyone can wear anything they want.

Women who wish to don the suit and tie may do so, while men who think they can conquer the heels are free to do so. There is also a growing trend of shops selling clothes that are perfect for ANYONE. Suits, shirts, boyfriend jeans — you name it, they have it.

Fashion Rule 7: Customize Whenever, Wherever

Customize Whenever, WhereverGen Y fashion trendsetters enjoy putting their personal mark on their clothes. Their personal spin is what makes their fashion unique.

With footwear, for example, the classic white leather sneaker is a staple. The millennial spin includes customizing your shoe by working with the brand. If you want to add a few patches, why not? Do you feel like adding some color? Go ahead; you have free reign.

Fashion Rule 8: Always Change Up Your Style with Affordable Not-so-Basic Basics

True enough, millennials prefer quality over blindly buying items for a popular label. Sometimes, however, you need an easy, quick, and affordable way to transform your clothes. Popular brands such as UniQlo, Primark, and boohoo encourage customers to make the most out of their expensive coats by adding a myriad of customization options to keep it look fresh and new.

Fashion Rule 9: Social Consciousness Is the New Fashion Sexy

Members of this generation are increasingly becoming vegans, vegetarians, and eco-aware. They want the good fight to reflect in their fashion sense.

Most eco-conscious millennials are choosing to wear clothes manufactured by brands that foster ethical practices and fair trade. It’s all about making a difference, one garment at a time.

Fashion Rule 10: Might Want to Ditch the Logos

fashion styleWhile the older generations prefer flaunting clothes and accessories with noticeable brand logos, the younger generation would rather not. Millennials are more concerned with nurturing and expressing their personal style, rather than drop brand names here and there. They refuse to be obvious walking advertisements.

When these influencers talk, the big names listen.

Major retailers are now re-designing their brands so that they can produce shirts with subtle branding. Thanks to the rise of social media, millennials tell these brands how to change their logos so that they — the influencers — can wear their products their style.

Millennials are taking charge of the fashion scene. Armed with their smart phones and social accounts, they’re ready to continue re-defining today’s current styles. If you’re not part of this generation, it pays to take a page out of their fashion playbook. Better yet, why not combine your personal style with theirs?

If you’re part of this generation, kudos to you! You can still contribute to the Gen Y fashion movement. Wow your friends and families with an amazing mix and match of colors, styles, and pieces that scream ORIGINALLY MILLENNIAL.

Do you have any other Gen Y fashion tricks? Share them with us!

Mom Wore It First: Old Trend We Can Thank Our Mothers

Old Trend

Mom Fashion — almost everyone has a love-hate relationship with this style trend. One day, you’ll find yourself rolling your eyes at your mother’s baggy mom jeans. The next, you’ll end up rummaging her closet for her cool tops and super retro jackets.

Mothers are the biggest fans of fashionable clothes, too. Check her closet and you’ll find a few pieces. It doesn’t matter if she got it at the flea market or purchased it at some expensive luxury store — her style is a one-of-a-kind style.

As mentioned, there has been some negative stigma concerning mom clothes. That Saturday Night Live parody commercial of Mom Jeans is enough proof. If you don mom-ish clothes, it’ll be all about the baggy jeans, the saggy top, and the stereotypical “Mom” clothes.

On the contrary, Mom Fashion isn’t just about these pieces. And if it were, they’d still be totally awesome.

In fact, we have our mothers to thank for the amazing fashion scene we have now. If it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t be blessed with the following pieces:

Oversized Sweaters

Oversized SweatersNothing says fashion and comfort better than snuggling in an awesome oversized sweater. Teddy bears, giant hearts, flowers, and pastel lighthouses — sweaters with graphics weren’t just relegated to the holidays. Moms wore them whenever, wherever.

Today, you’ll see fashionistas rocking the Mom sweater. For that modern flair, pair your fluffy sweater with tight pants or high-waist jeans.

Comfort Sandals

Yes, our mothers were the brave pioneers of these pretty-ugly shoes — and rocked them. Even when the rest of the world wasn’t a big fan of comfort sandals, Mom ignored them. After all, comfort trumps style at any time of the day.

Even though everyone called these Mom staples ugly, pretty much the rest of the fashion world jumped aboard the comfort sandal bandwagon. Some fashion aficionados even dare to cross two traditional faux pas at once by wearing their sandals with socks!

Large Bags that Hold Everything

Large Bags Need some tissues? Mom’s got it in her bag. Do you need a pin for your hair? She probably has that, too. In fact, you shouldn’t be surprised if your mother has a thermos in that big bag of hers. After all, mothers are the proud trendsetters of big bags.

Today’s handbags mimic our mom’s popular bags. You can put almost anything in it: a poncho, hand sanitizer, five kinds of lipstick, snacks, your social security card, wrench for emergencies, and a couple of DVDs.

Chambray Shirts

Mom had no time for fitted tops when she was balancing three kids at once. Instead, she settled for roomy and equally fashionable chambray shirts.

Whether your mother wore hers with a giant cartoon patch on the back or tucked into her stonewashed jeans, her chambray shirt was the staple. You can pair this versatile piece of clothing with almost anything in your closet.

Knitted Twinsets

This stylish combination screams of winter comfort (although your mom may have worn it frequently, no matter what the season was). Knitted twinsets are perfect for cold nights when you’re trying to put the kids to sleep or for cuddling with your husband AFTER you’ve put the kids to sleep.

Mothers probably pulled out their shell-and-cardigan set when they wanted to be a little dressy. If she paired this attire with a knitted pencil skirt, she just wore a triple fashion threat.

Mom Jeans

Mom JeansWe’ve mentioned the iconic SNL sketch entitled mom jeans, which made a mockery out of mom’s favorite pair of 80s to 90s jeans. These high-waist and baggy jeans, however, were the Holy Grail of every mom’s fashion.

Make fun of the mom jeans all you want, but it’s making a return. Gigi Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, and other famous celebrities are big fans of the Mom Jeans!  After all, these high-waisted mom jeans are one of the biggest trends to emerge from fashion’s constant cycle. More fashion girls continue to embrace this cool, vintage-inspired look.

Summer Scarves

If there’s one accessory you and your mom have always had on hand, it’s a soft and wooly scarf. Scarves come in different colors, shapes, and even levels of heft. These fashion accessories work with any outfit, no matter what the occasion is.

Chances are, you’ve had a couple of scarves stashed at the back of your closet. Some of those scarves may have come from your mom!

We might call them summer scarves, but these fashion staples are perfect for different seasons. Tie it around your neck like she did for that beautiful Jackie O effect.

Ribbed Mock Turtlenecks

Mom liked to keep it sophisticated during the day. The epitome of sophistication, the slimming ribbed mock turtleneck was her go-to outfit from the office to your baseball games. The stylish ribbed knit comes with vertical ribbed lines that create a slimming visual effect. The high mock neck gives her look a lovely design accent.

Fanny Packs

Fanny PacksYour mom used to sling these around her waist so that she can chase you around the home and still have her essentials close by. The super convenient bag, which is also the accessories of tourists, received backlash for its “dorky” style.

The fanny pack, however, is in the middle of a major revival. This dorky bag is getting a full design makeover as more fashion labels rebrand it as a “belt bag,” “waist bag,” or “hip bag.” Yes, the big names are investing on this (aka Alexander Wang and Nike).


Make her fashion your own by adding elements from today’s fashion scene. Don’t hesitate to mix and match or combine her fashion with yours. Like Mom, don’t be afraid to venture out.

Also, before you ignore Dear Old Mum’s fashion choices, keep in mind that SHE wore your favorite clothing pieces first. Instead of turning your nose up at her clothes, it’s best to rummage her closet. Our moms, after all, were the fashion pioneers of our time. Trust her style because if it weren’t for hers, you wouldn’t be enjoying a couple of fashion must-haves.