Clothes are our basic necessity and I mean who doesn’t love clothes. We all love to dress the way we want. We love wearing our favorite outfits. We love recreating styles of celebrities. We’ve always been bound by certain norms. If you’re a female, it’s “dress like a woman” “sit like a lady” and if you’re a male, it’s “be a man” “dress like a man” “your jeans are too feminine”.
But why is it always binary? Why can’t a person dress the way he wants? The idea that humans are either male or female belonged to Western culture and is still deeply ingrained even today. But as research and the experiences of countless non-gender-conforming people show, sex and gender aren’t perfectly binary. So, why should our clothes be? The rules that govern what men and women should wear are actually fairly arbitrary. We know that because they keep changing. In fact, men and women in Europe and other cultures wore more or less the same garments for centuries.
Recently, many designers have stepped up and have introduced ‘genderless clothing’. For all those who are not quite familiar with the term, genderless clothing or widely known as unisex clothing is basically wearing gender-neutral clothes, it consists of a variety of wide, loose garments that can be worn by any gender whatsoever. This is a fashionable alternative to the classic ‘men vs women’ dichotomy.
Every human has assigned sex since birth, it’s either male or female, based on the physical and biological characteristics. But gender is fluid, it can be anything and you have no control of it.
Dr. Jo Paoletti, a famous professor at the University of Maryland, United States, and the author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys From the Girls in America, which examines how children’s clothing became so heavily gendered in the 20th century. In an interview, she said, “Clothing has this interesting property that we discover as kids—that you don’t have to just be something and you’re always that,” she says. “You can be a different thing—a different you—every day.”
It’s high time we think beyond the binary genders and normalize genderless clothing. It’s high time we live and let people live!