The terms 'gender neutral' 'gender fluid' and 'unisex' are certainly nothing new but have been continuously rising in popularity over the last few years, as discussions around gender identity have garnered more attention within the mainstream media. Fashion icons such as Harry Styles, Lil Nas X, Kid Cudi and Jaden Smith have all recently had notable gender-neutral moments that have helped challenge gender norms and the discussion surrounding genderless fashion.
Harry Styles / Source: Teen Vogue
It also seems 2020's pandemic has accelerated its growth, with Gen Z and Zillenials (the micro-cohort between Gen Z and Millenials) spearheading this on social media - the hashtag #genderfluidfashion has amassed 5.7million on TikTok! According to Lyst (global shopping platform), searches for fashion pieces including agender keywords have increased in volume by more than 33% since the start of 2021! Harry Styles's iconic Vogue 2020 cover also got everyone talking, quoting 'Clothes are there to have fun with, experiment with and play with'.
In this blog, we take you through our favourite gender-neutral trends for 2022, guaranteed to help you level up all your summer lewks no matter what you’ve got planned, we got you!
Cargos Pants + Earthy Tones
Over the pandemic, we saw a surge of popularity in wearing chocolate brown hues, and our love for comforting, simplistic nudes has continued into 2022. We are seriously obsessing over the cargo pant trend that has been all over TikTok, and think they are an ideal gender-neutral wardrobe staple to be easily worn by all. Layer up a classic nude pair with earthy tones for a chic casual streetwear look, and don't be afraid to try out different shapes and cuts. Our Desert Sand Tee is the perfect addition to your cargos 'fit, and this nude wardrobe staple that can be easily layered up or worn alone for an effortlessly cool look. Coming in an oversize fit, this tee can be made your own no matter what your style vibe is.
Experiment With Sizing + Layering
2022, the sizing rulebook is out the window. The dated gender norms that once conotated oversize looser fits as 'masculine' and bodycon fits or even cropped fit's seen as 'feminine'. Gender-neutral dressing is all about fashion is all about embracing pieces that fit the way that YOU like them and that makes you feel good! Here at YDWTL, we have a range of genderless oversize pieces for when you want that fit, or regular for a closer fit. Layer up an oversize tee and pair it with a mesh body for a way to level up your everyday fit.
Tailoring is truly genderless! We've seen a rise in women wearing looser, more androgynous suit pieces, and suit pieces can be tailored to fit how you want to wear them - not the other way round! Experiment with tailoring designed for men and women regardless of your gender, and get playful with sizing! Investing in a power suit that makes you feel good will be a worthy staple for your s/s 2022 'fits, and we recommend pairing it with a classic white tee for an effortlessly cool look.
Motorcycle Biker Jacket
Motorcycle Biker jackets were seen all over the S/S 2022 catwalks and are the ultimate genderless staple. From cropped, to oversize, to long length this 90's inspired piece will seriously elevate your fits over the spring-summer period. Ideal for throwing on those cooler nights, or layer over our Original Hoodie for an all black biker look that will turn some heads. We also love them paired with distressed denim for a nod to 90s grunge or the off duty model aesthetic.
Kid Cudi / Source: Hip Hop Wired
Skirts for all genders
Skirts for men are no new thing, but with the rise in gender-fluid styles, we have seen over the pandemic an increase in men donning skirts from longer kilt styles seen on the catwalks, to mini skirts paired over jeans. We love the Thom Browne unisex skirt, paired with a full blazer for an effortlessly chic fit. Harry Styles rocked a kilted skirt by Wales Bonner for Vogue 2020, and we are obsessed with how they styled the skirt on him, showcasing how wearing anything you feel good in... works!
Neon Brights and Colour Clashing
After experiencing a collective feeling of bleakness and going through difficult times as a planet, the colour trends for 2022 are rooted in optimism, warmth and excitement - a bright contrast against the mundanity of the pandemic. There are no rules when it comes to colours, and neon brights are truly genderless and look fire on everyone! Experiment with fuschia pink, electric orange and hyper yellows and don't be afraid to layer multiple brights up at once. Layer up tone on tone in your streetwear fits or even go for a bold statement in neon tailoring for a fresh vibe that will turn some serious heads. If you still prefer sticking to monochrome shades but want to dabble with neon, check out our Painter BXY Hoodie in Black x Yellow and Black x Orange for a seriously cool statement piece that can be worn limitlessly.
Here at YDWTL, we have always aimed to create stand out streetwear designs that can be worn as a means of self-expression, regardless of gender identity - our brand is for everyone and anyone who it resonates with. All of our pieces come in a range of sizes and 'fits (regular and oversize), making it easy for you to customise and wear your way and embrace genderless fashion. Shop our effortless unisex designs from statement tees to fresh hoodies and accessories, all designed to make an impact and empower you to feel confident no matter what the motive is.