The pros and cons of the rise of Gender Neutral clothing with this ultimate Gender Neutral Clothing Guide
International retailers ASOS, River Island and John Lewis are among an increasing number who are introducing new gender-neutral collections.
While on the surface, this is surely a step in the right direction, there are some problems with the new gender-neutral revolution that seems to be taking place within the fashion industry.
The main issue is: the collections themselves are pretty misogynistic.
Baggy t-shirts, loose-fitted hoodies and neutral colours all seem to feature in mainstream gender-neutral collections, but fewer brands seem to be celebrating femininity.
While female models don masculine styles, the male models don’t really push many boundaries when it comes to their gender, sticking to the hoodies and shirts normally associated with men.
This decision by retailers to avoid marketing feminine style pushes the notion that only masculine clothing is worth being worn by both genders.
Many trans and non-binary people have expressed frustration with mainstream retailer’s interpretation of the term gender-neutral, arguing that while these brands claim to be progressive, they always end up creating clothes designs that er on the masculine end of the spectrum of fashion, thus pushing femininity to the side.
Others argue that retailers are attempting to profit off of LGBT issues without actually doing anything meaningful for the community.
It has long been known that it is more socially acceptable for women to dress in masculine clothing than it is for men to dress in feminine clothing.
If retailers really want to make their brands more inclusive, they should include items from the entire gender spectrum, not just from the masculine side.
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