The rise of genderless fashion is not by accident or coincidence, but a reflection of the zeitgeist of our generation. Discover why this style is not just a fleeting trend but here to stay—and how brands like Finix are leading the way.
The movers and shakers in gender fluid fashion. These celebrities (from L to R) Jaden Smith, Harry Styles, Bretman Rock and Bad Bunny are all re-defining gendered fashion means to them. Photos: Instagram @c.syresmith; Getty Images; Gotham/GC Images
In a world where self-expression knows no bounds, the fashion industry is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Gone are the days of rigid gender norms dictating what we can and cannot wear. Today, the future of clothing and fashion is all about embracing individuality and authenticity. In this piece, we'll explore why the future of fashion is genderless and how pioneering brands like Finix are leading the way, demonstrating that it's not about erasing gender but rather giving power back to the individual to define their gender narrative.
The Rise of Gender Fluid Fashion: A Paradigm Shift
In clockwise: Dancer and TikTok personality Kevin T. in our Rise Cropped Hoodie and Harem Jogger matching set in Black Obsidian. Finix models in our Rise Cropped Hoodie and matching Harem Shorts set. Kevin T. in our Rise Cropped Hoodie in Sage Green.
- Breaking Stereotypes: Gender fluid fashion challenges society's stereotypes of what men and women should or should not wear. It gives individuals the freedom to wear what they want, rather than what society wants them to wear, irrespective of their gender. This shift prioritises inclusivity and encourages wearers to express themselves authentically.
- Inclusivity Matters: Forward-thinking labels in the genderless fashion space welcome individuals from all gender identities, creating a safe space for self-expression. This commitment to inclusivity extends beyond marketing buzzwords; it's woven into the fabric of their brands, with designs that are accessible and appealing to anyone, regardless of their gender identity.
Authenticity vs. Conformity: The Power of Individuality
Finix Founder and Creative Director, Leonard Cheong, in our recent 'Freedom is...' brand campaign, shares his struggles with not fitting into societal gender norms and how he turned it into a source of creativity for the brand.
- Unleashing Creativity: Gender fluid fashion liberates creativity, enabling designers and wearers to experiment with styles, colours and fabrics without the constraints of gender norms. This freedom to explore provides a canvas for self-expression, empowering individuals to dress in a way that reflects their authentic selves.
Actress, artist, and martial artist Kelly Kimberly, featured in our recent 'Freedom is...' brand campaign, shares her story of growing up in a violent childhood and grappling with her trans identity. Despite facing significant bullying, she always remained steadfast in her authenticity, knowing who she was inside. Today, she inspires others to embrace their true selves.
- Encouraging Authenticity: Brands in this space don't seek to erase gender identity or devalue existing gender identities; instead, they empower individuals to embrace and amplify it. Through their designs, they encourage people to express their unique identities confidently, fostering a culture of self-acceptance and self-expression. It's about celebrating who you are rather than conforming to societal expectations.
Fashion as a Form of Self-Expression
Singaporean singer-songwriter, Lewloh, in our 'Freedom is...' campaign, uses his music as a canvas for expressing his unique identity as a third-culture kid and his sexuality. His music creates a safe space for self-expression and celebrates individuality.
- A Canvas for Identity: Clothing serves as a canvas for individuals to paint their identities. Collections from these brands are a testament to this belief, offering a diverse range of styles that allow wearers to send powerful messages about who they are and what they stand for.
Health & fitness transformation coach Samuel Loh opens up about his personal struggles with body image and reveals how he took charge of his narrative and became the capable fitness coach that he is today for his clients. Now, he's on a mission to inspire and empower others to embark on their own transformative journey.
- Fashion as Empowerment: "The most attractive look is always the most authentic one." Genderless fashion is not just about making a statement; it's about empowerment. Your clothes are like your second armour. It has the ability to boost your self-esteem, providing a sense of empowerment and self-acceptance. When you wear pieces that reflect who you are inside, you're not just wearing clothes; you're wearing confidence.
Fashion Brands Leading the Way
International fashion designers known for their gender neutral approach to fashion design. From L to R Fang Guo of Fang NYC, Telfar Clemens of Telfar, Simon Porte Jacquemus of Jacquemus and Harris Reed.
- Inclusive Brands: Brands at the forefront of gender fluid fashion, championing inclusivity, and reshaping the narrative of what fashion can be. Finix's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is not just lip service; it's a core value that informs every aspect of our brand, from design to marketing.
- Sustainable Practices: In addition to our commitment to inclusivity, Finix is deeply rooted in sustainability, aligning seamlessly with the evolving landscape of the fashion industry. Instead of blindly following fleeting trends, we chart our unique course, ultimately becoming trendsetters ourselves. Our collection of versatile, enduring garments transcends the ebb and flow of fashion fads, championing a more sustainable fashion philosophy that remains in harmony with our gender-neutral and gender-inclusive values.
Practical Tips for Embracing Genderless Fashion
- Building a Gender Fluid Wardrobe: Learn how to curate a gender fluid wardrobe that reflects your unique style and personality, drawing inspiration from leaders in this space, who emphasise the importance of self-expression.
- Mix and Match: Explore tips on mixing traditionally gendered pieces to create fluid and eye-catching outfits, exemplified by brands like us, who prove that the lines between gendered fashion can be artfully blurred to suit your unique style.
The future of fashion is undeniably genderless, driven by a desire to break free from stereotypes, celebrate diversity, reduce environmental impact, promote equality, reap economic benefits, and foster creativity. Brands like Finix, with their intentional avoidance of gender labels, are at the forefront of this revolution. They offer customers the freedom and safe space to wear what resonates with their identity, while also giving designers the creative freedom to design without constraints.
Embracing genderless fashion is not only an inclusive step forward but also a redefinition of style itself, making it accessible and appealing to all, regardless of gender identity. This movement reflects our evolving society and will undoubtedly shape the future of fashion for generations to come.