The binary concept of clothing feels outdated within the confines of an otherwise groundbreaking industry like fashion. Queer and trans people of color have been subverting gender norms for decades, and the mainstream is finally catching up—high-profile celebs like Harry Styles wearing a gown or Billie Eilish sporting oversized streetwear is a sign of progress and gives others the confidence to throw away gender norms. Nonbinary runway model Indya Moore was the first trans person of color to cover ELLE Magazine last year and represent a community that has been flouting gender rules all along. It’s been a long time coming, but the fashion industry is finally taking a hint.Brands are becoming more fluid, with runway shows using models of all genders to wear their clothes. Prada, Gucci, and McQueen have gone co-ed, showcasing their pieces as interconnected. Androgyny has evolved into something much more multifaceted than Annie Hall wearing loose trousers and a waistcoat—as long as the shoe (dress, pant, skirt, shirt) fits the way you want it to, wear it. Ahead, see the 14 gender-neutral brands currently on our radar.
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The name “Ijji” comes from a Japanese word meaning “any loose drawstring pant,” which is fitting for a brand that makes pants for anybody. Ijji is a genderless brand focusing on quality over quantity, sourcing fabrics both domestically in California and from Japan. Their elegant silhouettes and understated color palette make for the perfect everyday uniform and will complement anyone who wears them.
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Established in 2005 by Telfar Clemens, Telfar’s motto is “Not for you—for Everyone.” The genderless brand was created for the community, promoting inclusivity in what can be a pretentious industry. Telfar is so popular, their pieces sell out in minutes (as we suspect its recent collab with Ugg will). Don’t worry, the brand still works hard to make their pieces more accessible, so watch out for new drops on their website.
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