Fashion Designers Strive to Upgrade Gender-Neutral Clothing

Gender-neutral clothing is no longer an obscure corner of the fashion world, but as interest in such designs grows, some of the lines have been criticized as overly baggy and lacking imagination.

In some designers’ quest to fit every adult body, they have sometimes wound up pleasing no one.

Now, smaller companies are trying to reconfigure everything from cuts to closures in a bid to offer gender-neutral fashion with silhouettes and style. Their secret weapons? Zippers, stretch fabrics and redrawn size charts.

“When people do gender-neutral, they tend to do really blousy-like loose, oversized things, and I don’t know that everyone wants to dress like that,” said

Rob Smith,

chief executive and founder of the Phluid Project, which sells gender-free pieces online and in department stores including

Nordstrom Inc.

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Gender Neutral Fashion & How The Industry Shapes Our Norms

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Take a walk down Fifth Avenue, a virtual stroll through Instagram, or get lost in the black hole that is TikTok, and chances are you’ll see more than one emerging fashion trend. Maybe it’s low-rise jeans, a scarf-turned-top, cowboy boots—or maybe, it’s a nod to gender neutrality

Gone are the days when skirts implied femininity and trousers the opposite. Over is the idea that fem and masc can’t coexist. Instead, we are entering—and creating—a society in which gender is seen as a sliding scale, not a binary.

As such, it’s no surprise that gender-neutral trends have been on the rise over the past five years. In 2018, Off-White made a statement with its gender neutral capsule collection, becoming one of the most prominent names in fashion to challenge gender stereotypes.

Since then, other designers and even celebs have taken their own spin

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Non-Brits On What Shocked Them Most About British Fashion

Back in the late 2000s, the words “British fashion” might have conjured up mental images of Kate Moss’s iconic Topshop collection or Lily Allen’s penchant for pairing designer ball gowns with Nike trainers. You might have thought of it-girls like Alexa Chung and Agyness Deyn, or indie lads like Pete Doherty and Kele Okereke. In other words: It was kind of cool, in its own way.

Today, it’s a different story. Topshop stores have shuttered while online retailers like Boohoo and Pretty Little Thing reign supreme. British style probably exists on a spectrum somewhere between Depop bucket hats and whatever ex-Love Island contestants are flogging on Instagram Reels. Either way, we arguably peaked a decade or so ago and it’s been downhill ever since.

But what does everyone else think (aside from the French, who no longer think we’re cool)? From our inability to dress according to

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Samsung unveils Maison Kitsune-styled Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2

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On the heels of releasing its Thom Browne-styled wearables, Samsung unveiled new Maison Kitsuné editions of the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2 on Wednesday, each featuring the music-meets-fashion label’s signature fox logo. The announcement came at a virtual Unpacked 2, where the company also revealed that it’s letting shoppers buy and customize their Galaxy Z Flip 3 phones for $1,100,

Samsung says the $250 Galaxy Buds 2 Maison Kitsuné Edition and the $400 Galaxy Watch 4 Maison Kitsuné Edition will both be sold in a new moonrock beige hue starting today. As usual, the company charges a premium for its products that are designed in collaboration with fancy fashion houses. Take the original Galaxy Watch 4, for example, which launched at $250.

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