Gender-fluid fashion lines proliferate
Modern youth live in an era of unprecedented diversity and inclusion, but there’s still far to go to in breaking stereotypes around these issues, especially when it comes to gender identity. The following fashion lines address this in their offerings by allowing shoppers to choose clothing without needing to conform to a specific gender.
Humankind Swim, a gender-neutral swimwear line intended for people in the LGBTQ+ community (who are often neglected when it comes to gender-neutral swim options), was launched by 25-year-old Haily Marzullo, who identifies as queer herself. The line was born out of Marzullo’s personal desire to have clothing that made her feel comfortable and confident without being gender-conforming, and offers four tops and eight bottoms that customers can mix and match. In honor of Pride Month, Humankind Swim also released a Pride collection that offers pieces featuring both the rainbow and trans flags.
Nigerian designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal founded Orange Culture, a line that challenges gender norms, in 2011, and has since used the internationally-successful endeavor to spark a much larger conversation around diversity, toxic masculinity, and breaking harmful stigmas. Orange Culture’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, called Don’t Look Under My Skirt, makes a statement against society invading personal privacy and features intense colors, graffiti prints, and traditional African wax prints that specifically battle stereotypes around racial identity. Initiatives like this resonate with modern youth, who strive to initiate dialogue around the issues they wish to destigmatize.
Chicago-based Rebirth Garments is an inclusive line of clothing for people on the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability. The line was started by Sky Cubacub, a multi-hyphenate performer and activist who is motivated to create meaningful discussions between people and their bodies in order to support radical visibility for people who have historically been marginalized and left on the fringes of conversation around gender, sexuality, size, and ableism. As gender is less of an issue for modern youth than previous generations, offerings like this further encourage youth to push past gender boundaries and explore their identities.