Women have long embraced men’s fashion, and the future looks set to see even more blending of feminine and masculine looks. Women and men already wear similar clothes, and traditional feminine styles and colours have been making their way into menswear more and more often lately.
Rad Hourani, a Canadian-Jordanian designer, is a major advocate of this, and his clothes are described as genderless. He is probably best known for his coat designs with flowing drapes that feel like a mix between a gown and a trench coat.
This summer saw a gender-bending fashion exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, which asked questions about whether men will ever feel comfortable wearing traditionally female clothes and displayed a cycling ensemble dating from 1900 alongside men’s kilts from the 1990s. Read more about the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at https://www.mfa.org.
Fashion designers have often played with gender norms over the years, including Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Siriano, Rei Kawakub, Rick Owens and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. There is certainly no reason you wouldn’t see a male wearing mens Farah shirts in traditionally feminine pastel shades or a woman wearing something similar to clothes a man may have sourced from places like https://www.ejmenswear.com/men/farah/shirts.
Future of fashion
It has long been the case that flowing silhouettes and colourful patterns are seen as more feminine, whilst sharp angles and boxy shoulders reflect a masculine feel. This is changing, however, and the future of the fashion industry is likely to see a focus on more non-gender-specific ideas. This could apply to a jacket or a skirt designed to be worn by either gender.
Only time will tell, however, how male skirts will fit in a world where many women have chosen to shun such items in favour of more practical traditionally male items. It’s important to keep in mind that many women have opted to wear male fashion items not because of a need to be transgressive but because they want a greater degree of functionality from their clothes.
There have been periods of fashion history where men have embraced a less practical, more curvaceous and colourful approach to clothes, however, such as the Peacock Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. There may be more of that to come in the future, so be prepared to embrace the trend!