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Non-Binary Fashion: What is Gender-Neutral Clothing?

Recent conversations about clothing and fashion have highlighted the fact that it is super hard to find clothes in the market that you really like. You go to the women’s section and you hardly manage to find something that fits you perfectly. But when you wear your brother’s or your boyfriend’s hoodie or a simple shirt, you actually feel more comfortable and trendy. It is true for many women and this has generated the desire for gender-neutral fashion. 

Current Trends In Non-Binary Fashion 

This is what has given rise to an emergent platform known as Balav that challenges the whole gendered way to look at fashion. After being disappointed by how trendy women’s clothing makes her look, Vaishnavi Bala decided to take matters into her own hands. Having studied fashion in some of the top schools in India and Italy, she could nurture her fashion skills, bringing out the best from both worlds. She studied at the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru and then went to a fashion academy in Milan. Thanks to her technical experience and disappointment with the current women’s fashion industry, she started with gender-neutral clothing and lately, it is getting a lot of appreciation from everyone. 


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Similarly, there are more and more gender-neutral clothing brands that are emerging in order to keep up with the current fashion needs. 

Fashion Is Genderless

Fashion, as a creative expression that does not really have a gender, is a language to express our life and what we want to discover from it. Designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Vivianne Westwood and Jean-Paul Gaultier promoted this understanding in the 1980s in order to open doors to the most intimate and personal freedom of expression of each human being. This pushes for the abolition of labels or pigeonholes brought us to a scenario where Gucci, Maison Margiela, Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens, Thom Browne and even Kanye West explore the land of identity without falling into a binary code. The perfume industry is also another horizon where the limits of gender are being eliminated today.

Also read: Breaking down Gender Stereotypes begins at Home! 

Also, in Mexico and Latin America, we have great brands that design fashion without gender with the conviction of being more inclusive, as well as pushing their creative capacities to the limit. There is Guillermo Jester, whose timeless and somewhat minimalist designs also encourage our flow between aesthetics traditionally considered feminine or masculine. Anacê is a Brazilian brand that reinvents and reconstructs classic tailoring. 1/8 Takamura, although was not originally conceived as a genderless project, its pattern-making is clearly an attempt to build gender-neutral outfits.

The reasons for all this are simpler than we think. Today, we live in a time where we have the opportunity —and we must fight for it— to see ourselves as we want to be seen, instead of fitting in with how the rest want to see us. Genderless fashion is there for those who look more towards the integrity and authenticity of their person, than towards what is imposed by others.

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