We were all surprised earlier this year when Louis Vuitton named Jaden Smith as the face of their womenswear campaign. But if you’ve been paying attention to the progression of style over the past several years you’ll notice things have been becoming a little more unisex across the board. Shorts are becoming shorter for men, outfits are becoming looser for women and tighter for men creating this wonderful middle ground and I’m loving every second of it! I think this is fantastic! I’ve been shopping in the mens section since early high school, which has to be over 6 years now and I don’t know why more women don’t do it!
Gender norms are only as strong as the mass that follows them. If you are strong in your gender whether that be female, male, transgender, or otherwise then it doesn’t matter so much what you wear. As my brother would say, “Wear what you want!” This idea is the largest part of what Be You. stands for. Be You is the compilation of health/fitness, motivation, and fashion/styling that should all come together to make the best you, whoever you choose to be and however you choose to present yourself! Society today has gotten so caught up on what the perfect body looks like, how to construct the perfect outfit, and even how to live a better life. What I try and express with every piece on my site is just what some of these designers are starting to show: You can be whatever you want to be, however you want to be it. You decide.
Vogue’s Luke Leitch did an amazing piece on how gender norms are changing in the fashion industry called,”Menswear Is From Mars, Womenswear Is From Venus: Or Why Guys Shows Can Be Relevant Even If You’re Not One.” Obviously focused on more high-fashion designers there’s still a great message in there for those of us that can’t afford that luxury, and that’s that it’s about the people. One quote that spoke to me from the article was from Miuccia Prada who said, “I think to people, not to gender.” THAT’S what the fashion world has been missing! Think to the people! Allow the people to decide how they want things to flow, whether they want to dress up a piece or dress it down, whether they want to wear a traditional men’s/womens’ look or shake it up a bit. Let. Us. Decide.! And press: Stop ridiculing us for being who we are! Stop feeding the nay-sayers and shallow-minded individuals of this world by agreeing that gender should be black and white, yes or no and not on a spectrum. Let. Us. Live.! That’s the beauty of being human and having the ability to think and make these decisions. We can choose to be whoever we want if given the freedom, and thank God the fashion world is allowing us the freedom!
Click the above link to Leitch’s article in Vogue for a more high-fashioned view on the topic, or if you’re looking for some gender neutral unique/affordable streetwear brands Click Here! Pride.com has provided 17 brands that “say no to the gender binary.” Enjoy!