As a society, we’re all
striving for equality. We all want the same rights and equal opportunities. We
hear and see a lot of steps being taken in the right direction, but weirdly
enough the world of fashion seems to be lagging behind. Why do we still have men’s
and women’s sides of the store? Why are clothing items gendered at all? How
come there are still separate menswear runway shows? And how come androgyny is
generally perceived as women going for a slightly more masculine look. If you
think about it we see women wear all sorts of clothing, we’ve adopted trousers,
jackets, button-downs and full-on suits, but you rarely see a man wearing a
dress or a skirt unless it’s a hugely controversial statement. It’s time for
that to change. Fashion should be genderless, and it won’t happen until men
wear skirts. So here are some awesome examples for you to get inspired.
1. Everyone remembered
the glorious dress Billy wore to the Oscars. It’s the epitome of class and
honestly, it fits in perfectly among all the men in suits. See how easy it is
to wear a dress but still look classy as hell? Billy knows how it’s done.
2. This gold ensemble
for the Golden Globes. I mean, it’s in the name, so it makes sense to wear
something gold or at least yellow. And this look is actually quite low key but
stands out ‘cause we don’t see enough men in skirts.
3. But even someone as
fabulous and fierce as Billy Porter has revealed that finding awesome gowns to
wear to events isn’t something that’s easy, because designers and fashion
houses aren’t on board with this idea yet, so they’ll invite you to their
fashion show but they won’t send you clothes for events.
4. The pride parade is
as good a day as any to try something new and riskier, and this Christian
Siriano rainbow tulle dress was what Billy chose.
5. This incredible look
that Billy presented us with at the Tony awards was so freaking beautiful we
truly wish more men would dare to be braver with what they were. Imagine how
great it would be to see less of those boring penguin suits and more fun looks
6. And finally the
Celestino Couture look Billy wore to the Peabody awards was possibly the most
daring one he’s worn yet, and we absolutely loved it. This gown with a half
bodysuit with pink embroidery and multiple sheer pink layers of tulle –
7. Even Brad Pitt tried
to push the envelope when it comes to fashion and men wearing skirts and
dresses back in 1999. These are photos from his Rolling Stones photo shoot.
8. And you’ve got to
admit that while he’s flexing super manly muscles he also looks really cool in
9. Ezra is also well
known for not caring about gender stereotypes. He wears what he wants and his
outfits range from incredibly stunning to outrageously unique. This dusty pink
dress he wore is the ultimate #goals for both men and women.
10. While we see how
this puffer coat Ezra wore is kind of giving off Dalek vibes to Whovians, you
can’t deny that it’s something you’ve never seen before. This is the
outrageously unique side of Ezra we all love.
11. Ezra is also the
face of Urban Decay cosmetics these days, and while on a promotion trip in
Korea he wore this incredible minidress that all our spring fashion dreams are
made of. That light and flowy dress with those boots – perfection.
12. Here’s another
unique look that’s as far away from gender stereotypes as you can get. We’re
pretty convinced that Ezra wasn’t thinking of male of female fashion when he
wore this outfit to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them premiere. He was
probably more inspired by Hedwig the owl.
13. Jaden Smith has
spoken out about his views on fashion a few times as well. He’s been seen
wearing skirts and dresses. He’s posted on Twitter and Instagram talking about
how he’s “going shopping for girl’s
clothes, I mean clothes”.
14. And he’s got a
point. Why is there a distinction between girl and boy clothes? It’s just
clothes. If you’re a guy and want to rock a dress it shouldn’t be a big deal at
15. But at the same
time, Jared realises that the world isn’t on the same page with him yet, so
he’s doing his best to change that. He’s been in fashion campaigns wearing
skirts and he’s talked about how he wears skirts to combat bullying.