Genderfluid Fashion


Harry Style’s photo from Vogue

Jadyn Oates, Staff Writer

Back in the olden days, men wore what they wore, and women wore what they wore. Mostly this meant men in suits and women in dresses. Though I do know of a select few who wish we still dressed like that, most of us have not only accepted the ever-changing fashion industry, we’ve embraced it. But there’s still one trend that not everyone seems to be able to get behind: genderfluid fashion, or as you probably know it: crossdressing.


If you haven’t seen this photo, then I’m sorry to inform you that you may be living under a rock. This is Harry Styles, on the cover of Vogue, in a dress. This photoshoot inspired a lot of different emotions among people who saw the results. Some, like myself, thought it looked amazing. A woman can rock a gown, why can’t a man? Others, however, were not so pleased. Styles received a lot of praise and a lot of hateful messages after the issue of Vogue came out. “To not wear (something) because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes,” Styles said in an interview with Variety. I agree entirely. Why limit yourself? I personally think any man should be allowed to absolutely kill it in any dress of their choice.


Society needs to stop painting this “manly man” image for boys to look up to. Boys should be able to wear whatever they want. Women have been branching out into the opposite sex’s fashion world as well. Baggy jeans and men’s sweaters are a staple in most teenage girl’s closets, and suits have become just as fine an option as a dress for any event. Just as there are people who have issues with a boy in a dress, there are people who have issues with a girl in a suit. I cannot comprehend the reason that people have an issue with what other people wear or how they choose to express themselves. Men and women alike are finally starting to express themselves through what they choose to put on their bodies, and that’s beautiful. In his article “The Psychology of Clothes” in the American Journal of Sociology, Ernst Harms said, “Dress is founded primarily in the world of emotions.” People use what they wear to physically express how they feel. How could anyone have an issue with that?