The Key Pieces for Gender-Inclusive Style

The Key Pieces for Gender-Inclusive Style

Gender-inclusive style is designed to liberate people from the binary of cis women and cis men. If you crave gender-inclusive clothing (or just get bored with those pink and blue stereotypes!), Lands’ End has your back. Let’s look at some of the key wardrobe pieces for gender-inclusive style.

Fit and Flow

Much of what makes a garment gender-inclusive is how it fits. Pants or tops that are cut in a body-conforming way are less gender-inclusive. You don’t need to go baggy to look gender-inclusive, but you want your clothing to have a more casual flow than a fitted garment. At Lands’ End, we label our clothing “men’s” or “women’s” to assist with sizing, but always feel free to shop the whole store. We also have a great return policy, so if something that you order doesn’t work out, you can return it and find something that does. Choose what works for you and your style!

T-Shirts

Is there anything better than a great T-shirt? You can dress it up, you can dress it down, and they are so comfy! When shopping for a gender-inclusive T-shirt, consider both men’s T-shirts and women’s T-shirts to see what size and fit you prefer. Men’s T-shirts will typically lend themselves well to a gender-inclusive style as they tend to be cut larger and create a looser silhouette.

Color is another area where you can be intentional when creating a gender-inclusive style. White is classic for T-shirts and black is sharp looking. Primary colors are fun for a pop of color.

Jeans

Jeans are one of the best wardrobe staples you can buy. Especially in a dark or medium wash, jeans will go with almost everything and make you look and feel great. For a gender-inclusive style, go for a more relaxed cut and a mid to high rise. Try out both women's jeans and men's jeans to find what feels right for you.

Polo Shirt

A Polo shirt is one of those garments that looks crisp yet is more relaxed and less gendered looking than many tops. Typically, women’s polo shirts are cut a bit closer to the body than men’s polo shirts. The placket buttons from right to left instead of left to right. Other than that (and any differences in available colors), they are identical garments.

A polo shirt can be a nice choice when a T-shirt might be a bit too casual. That simple collar and cuffed sleeve give it a more put-together air. Polo shirts make great business casual choices and golfing choices in addition to being comfy for hanging out or going out.

Button-Down Shirt

A button-down shirt (especially in white) is a classic that can’t be beaten. For a gender-inclusive look, go a bit oversized on a men’s button-down shirt You can wear it tucked in with a belt, partially tucked, or for a cool and casual look, go untucked.

Blazer

A men’s blazer can instantly dress up (or warm-up) an outfit and is one of the most gender-inclusive garments you can buy. Women have a long history of enjoying cool menswear looks that always include a blazer. From Marlene Dietrich to Angelina Jolie, women have rocked tuxedos. The pantsuit (especially in white) has become a power suit staple for many. From the red carpet to offices to casual attire, men have also been spotted stepping out in fabulous colors that include blazers.

When choosing a blazer for a gender-inclusive look, once again, avoid a body-conforming cut. A blazer that is a bit boxy will give you the look that you crave. Fabrics and colors are all up for grabs—just avoid cisgender stereotypes. Women don’t need pink velvet blazers, and men don’t need neutral blazers with a pocket square. It’s about mixing it up and enjoying your style.

Pants

Dress pants and casual pants are both keys to a gender-inclusive style. Unless a male chooses to wear a skirt or dress, pants are the go-to for this look. When choosing a gender-inclusive pair of pants, a cut that falls straight from the hip to the hem and avoids overly fitted waistbands can be a great choice. Males who want to step out of the stereotypes thrust upon them might want to consider a more fitted leg, like those in skinny jeans, or maybe something high-waisted.

Fabric that is medium weight will promote a gender-inclusive style by looking less “clingy” than lighter weight options while making your pants wearable year-round in most climates. Everyone needs a few neutral pants in their closet, but if you want to flaunt your inner fashionista, choose at least one pop color and repeat it throughout your wardrobe choices to allow for mixing and matching of outfits.

Go rock that gender-inclusive style!


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