Gender Fluidity in Fashion

July 29, 2017

According to the Oxford dictionary, the term “gender-fluid” is an adjective “denoting or relating to a person who does not identify themselves as having a fixed gender”.

A recent article in Vogue informed its readers of the fashion world embracing gender fluidity. In the recent ‘Men’s Spring/Summer 2018’ catwalk, models were taking to the runway in skirts whilst some designers chose to have both male and female models represent the same line.

The world of fashion has been crushing gender norms for decades. The image of a woman wearing trousers has become a common sight that you see on the streets every minute of every day. However, the boundaries have now been broken further and a space has been created where anyone can wear the trousers…

And the skirt too.

Although I do not identify as gender fluid myself, for my first year at university I lived with a person who did. So as to respect their privacy, I will not give their real name but instead will call them Alex.

When we would attend parties, it was not uncommon to see Alex wearing a skirt. At first, some people didn’t know how to react to them however Alex always managed to win them over. A few weeks into our first semester, nobody batted an eyelid about what Alex wore.

The first time I met Alex, they were wearing a leather skirt (which happens to be their favourite) and fishnet tights. I was unsure of how to react to this. Not because it repulsed me or I thought it was wrong, but merely because I was full of admiration towards them for being completely themselves and not giving a damn about what anyone thought.

Some days, Alex would leave the house wearing a suit. The next, they would leave in jeans and a full face of makeup.

There were many occasions where we would sit in the kitchen and Alex would advise me on what to wear and how to style my makeup. They’re a big fan of the red lip. Then, the next moment they would disappear into their room and emerge in a polo and jeans with no trace of ‘femininity’ at all.

I think the move towards gender fluidity in fashion is necessary if we want to create equality and acceptance in the world. This is not a subject I can approach personally as this is not the way I identify myself. However, the idea of this being approached in the fashion world is something I love and wanted to discuss here.

The two images here are from Vogue and I wanted to include them in this post. They represent how normal gender fluidity looks on the catwalk. These models look comfortable and confident in the outfits and show the world that gender fluidity is a real thing.

That brings us to end of this post, I really hope it was an interesting read for people. Fashion is a way of truly showing who you are and this surge towards non binary clothing proves this point further.

If you identify yourself as gender-fluid I would love to hear your opinions on gender fluidity in fashion. You can either leave this in a comment or contact me privately through the ‘Contact Us’ section of my blog. I am also available through the social media links at the top of my site if you would prefer to contact me there.

I hope this post did this topic justice,

Eva x

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