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Androgyny rules at the moment, especially after the third season of Orange Is The New Black! Yet the rules and limitations regarding Androgyny are a little overlooked. Sexual ambiguity can be found in almost anything where the boundaries of masculine and feminine begin to blur, as a society we are incredibly keen to stereotype gender from a very young age. I’ve long wondered why gender stereotyping is so full throttle and why a little girl can’t be offered a cat suit as a dressing up option, a little more often? Turns out the fashion industry somewhat agree with androgynous clothing lines becoming available in department stores such as Selfridges stocking Trapstar and Hoodbyair. The Barbie and Ken section of Toys R Us no longer need set the trend for our wardrobes, hoorah, as it is becoming entirely acceptable and excitingly desirable to switch sides sometimes. The metro-man trend surely stuck, in the capital city at least, but some sexual distinctions have remained firmly intact through decades of subcultures and experimentation.
In the world of fashion, androgyny has been used to make statements of style, increasing an air of confidence and dominance from a designer on a runway. If dominance on the catwalk increases creativity and sends powerful messages, surely it can do so off the catwalk. The distinct message this holds suggests just how important it is that we seek time to play with the rules of gender stereotyping on a daily basis, in order to express all sides of our character. There is so much variety within each gender that it can’t possibly be displayed with the feminine floor of Reiss alone or the masculine section of Kenzo. Why do men have twice as much choice in trainers? Why is there not a wall double the size for unisex shoes? Unisex accessories? Where’s the androgyny floor? Wolfgang Gang have decided to solve this issue. There’s an entire field of chic creativity waiting to be played with there, as many highly regarded designers have displayed on the catwalk time and time again.
If a tie makes a woman feel inclined to assert herself more, or it prepares others for her dominant nature, why not wear one daily with confidence? If the Scotts can rock skirts, so can many other males. We all wear suits, but how often do we REALLY wear suits? We all want to be wall flowers sometimes and go-getters at others, depending on our moods and motives. Gender stereotyping has a lot of answering to do, yet, for now at least the catwalk and the braver males and females’ wardrobe can suggest otherwise.