State Street Style: Fashion for everyone

By Lauren Paolini

Asst. Copy Editor

By Caeley Whalen

Interim Fashion Correspondent

News flash: guys can wear dresses, too!

That’s right – clothing is in no way related to how many X or Y chromosomes you have.

Unisex clothing traditionally has no shape or structure to it, meaning anyone can wear it regardless of their body type. But lately celebrities have been blurring the lines between men’s and women’s fashion more than ever, showing that unisex clothing isn’t limited to a shapeless T-shirt and baggy sweatpants.

In his first campaign as the face of Louis Vuitton in 2016, Jaden Smith wore a leather moto jacket, fringe top, and an embroidered skirt in the promotional pictures. Smith even brought his genderless style to his Vogue Korea editorial, wearing a black skirt with tailored pants underneath.

Louis Vuitton isn’t the only designer switching up these stereotypes – Christian Siriano is responsible for the completely unexpected tuxedo ball gown that Billy Porter wore to the 2018 Oscars. The dress was a combination of a fitted velvet bolero jacket and dress shirt on top. With a hoop skirt on the bottom.

Michael B. Jordan, actor and new face of Coach, released photos Oct. 1 of his collaboration line with the designer brand that features bags and footwear made to appeal to both men’s and women’s fashion.

Let’s be honest – if Michael B. Jordan approves, so do we.

We can’t talk about unisex fashion without mentioning one of our top five “Queer Eye” guys – Jonathan Van Ness! The fabulous Netflix star lets his charismatic energy shine through in everything he does, including his wardrobe.

One of our favorite looks from JVN was worn at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys. Van Ness gave us major Angelina Jolie red carpet leg in a black gown with a high slit. The Maison Margiela design had a completely sheer long-sleeved top and an embellished bottom.

JVN proved he can rock a pair of heels better than all of us by completing his look with a pair of platforms and perfectly slicked-back hair.

Van Ness continued the platform heel theme on this year’s red carpet. In addition to a black Christian Siriano mini dress. The strapless number was finished with an oversized turquoise-green bow that created a train. This probably wouldn’t have been the dress we pulled off the rack, but JVN helps this dress live up to its potential.

Janelle Monáe gives Hillary Clinton a run for her money when it comes to pantsuits. The singer/actress has been blurring the line between men’s and women’s fashion since before it was trendy. Whether it’s a dress, a tux, or anything in between, Monáe always looks runway ready.

So guys, if you’re really feeling that skirt in the window at the mall, we recommend you go for it. 

And girls, if your heart is telling you to wear a suit to your next event, we can’t promise it will help your career as a presidential candidate or singer/songwriter, but we’re sure you’ll look damn good.

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