Although it is not entirely the case, the times we live in have seen the upheaval of gender-based rules in fashion. Many fashion houses and designers are setting the pace in seeing through the prominence of gender-bending style as fashion’s future.
Rules are made to be broken anyway. Or should I say bent?
Gender fluid clothing basically blurs gender in an effort to dissolve heteronormative stereotypes. And though not instant, non-binary dressing is gradually gaining popularity both on the runway and in consumer fashion.
I think this is a trend that beautifully says, “you can’t box me.” And isn’t the disruptive potential of men and women never wearing what they ideally and traditionally should be wearing a fascinating ideal? Getting to switch from this to that and vice versa must be nice.
Plus, nothing screams inclusivity like clothing that isn’t made with specifically ‘just men’ or ‘just women’ in mind. I mean; you get to wear it, I get to wear it, everybody gets to wear it!
As the movement keeps growing, notable African brands and designers (like the ones I’m about to mention) are easing into non-conformity and using style to create meaningful sub-cultures.