In the world of fashion today, gender isn’t an issue when it comes to lines, colors, and overall trends. Androgyny in fashion is creating a blurring of gender and is changing codes of conduct in the metamorphosis of fashion. Today women are wearing boyfriend jeans, oversized sweaters, slouchy biker jackets, blazers, oxford lace-ups, and monotone colors. While men have began to wear skin-tight jeans (some even wear leggings), long feminine cardis, and low draping V-neck tees. Today, the generation of fashion accepts anything out-of-the box and innovatively different. An engineer gone fashionista, interviewed by the New York Times, enlightened us by saying, ” Urban Americans, mostly in their 20s- are revising standard notions of gender-appropriate dressing, tweaking codes, up-ending conventions and making hash of ancient norms.” Today if a line or item of clothing is perfectly constructed it shouldn’t matter what sex it is for. This ambiguity is seen constantly in high fashion, advertisements, on the street corners of every urban city, and is so prevalent in our pop culture today.
I’m constantly faced with the issue of looking completely androgynous, in all black, oversized blazers, but love to add a little feminine flare with lace up booties, or a vibrant scarf. Fashion is an every-changing roller-coaster, and we haven’t seen this sartorial gender blending for almost forty years. More and more designers are creating unisex lines, for instance; Chloe Sevingny for Opening Ceremony created unisex leopard cardis that flew off the shelves, bought by both men and women. American Apparel and Urban outfitters carry unisex clothing and jewelry. Emma Watson and her male counterpart in the latest Burberry ads are wearing trenches that look like they could be worn by either sex.
This blending of gender is beautifully hip. Fashionistas are paving the way for these neutral trends and its seems as if their strong forthcoming won’t wither away as quickly as trends usually do.
A lovely taste of Androgyny: