The binary concept of clothing feels outdated within the confines of an otherwise groundbreaking industry like fashion. Queer and trans people of color have been subverting gender norms for decades, and the mainstream is finally catching up—high-profile celebs like Harry Styles wearing a gown or Billie Eilish sporting oversized streetwear is a sign of progress and gives others the confidence to throw away gender norms. Nonbinary runway model Indya Moore was the first trans person of color to cover ELLE Magazine last year and represent a community that has been flouting gender rules all along. It’s been a long time coming, but the fashion industry is finally taking a hint.
Brands are becoming more fluid, with runway shows using models of all genders to wear their clothes. Prada, Gucci, and McQueen have gone co-ed, showcasing their pieces as interconnected. Androgyny has evolved into something much more multifaceted than Annie Hall wearing loose trousers and a waistcoat—as long as the shoe (dress, pant, skirt, shirt) fits the way you want it to, wear it.
Ahead, see the 14 gender-neutral brands currently on our radar.
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The name “Ijji” comes from a Japanese word meaning “any loose drawstring pant,” which is fitting for a brand that makes pants for anybody. Ijji is a genderless brand focusing on quality over quantity, sourcing fabrics both domestically in California and from Japan. Their elegant silhouettes and understated color palette make for the perfect everyday uniform and will complement anyone who wears them.
Medium Shopper — Dark Brown
Established in 2005 by Telfar Clemens, Telfar’s motto is “Not for you—for Everyone.” The genderless brand was created for the community, promoting inclusivity in what can be a pretentious industry. Telfar is so popular, their pieces sell out in minutes (as we suspect its recent collab with Ugg will). Don’t worry, the brand still works hard to make their pieces more accessible, so watch out for new drops on their website.
Wide Leg Jeans
Design duo Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of Eckhaus Latta promote a gender-fluid approach to their clothing. With one of New York’s most exciting runway shows to watch, the unconventional fashion brand built a reputation for gender-neutral designs and casting diverse talent to walk their shows.
Gritty Jackson Dry Maze Selvage
Nudie Jeans is a unisex denim brand that consists of high-quality, sustainable denim. The brand uses organic cotton and is known for its selvage jeans, ideal for those who love breaking in a thick pair of denim that lasts forever. Ranging in sizes 24-38, shoppers can select from whatever style they’re drawn to wearing.
Cutout Applique Cotton Shirt
Emily Adams Bode, founder of luxury menswear brand Bode, was the first woman to show a collection at Men’s NYFW in 2016, paving the way for women in the menswear industry. Though Bode shows at Men’s Fashion Week, it’s important to note that every garment is meant to be unisex—Bode herself is often clad in her own brand head to toe. Stop by their New York Chinatown boutique for a one-of-a-kind experience, with limited-run pieces in a wide range of sizes sourced from fabrics all over the world.
No Sesso literally translates from Italian to mean “no sex/no gender.” The Los Angeles-based label was founded by Pierre Davis in 2015, and she runs it as a collective with Autumn Randolph and Arin Hayes. The brand developed a cult following when it premiered at NYFW in 2019 and promotes nonconformity through the lens of reconstructed knits and statement separates—all while serving and celebrating its community.
‘We Should All Be Them’ T-Shirt
ONE DNA is a Black, queer-owned clothing brand comprised of gender-neutral pieces that break down the boundary of menswear and womenswear. The eco-conscious basics like sweatshirts, crewnecks, sweatpants, and tees often feature powerful text like “We Should All Be Them.”
Big Button Up One Piece Earth
Sixty-nine Worldwide is an all-inclusive denim lifestyle brand based in L.A. Their fun, vibrant aesthetic consists of bright, hand-tie dyed pieces in wide-leg trousers, oversized t-shirts and Big Button Up one pieces—like a psychedelic version of Missy Elliott’s iconic “Supa Dupa Fly” balloon onesie.
Waxed Puff Coat
It’s no surprise that gender-neutral brand Olderbrother hails from Portland, Oregon—its charming outerwear collection is both hip and utilitarian enough for the great outdoors. The most fascinating part? “Nature defines their color chart.” They create their earthy hues by dyeing from edible pigments like muted chaga mushrooms, fiery turmeric, and vibrant hibiscus.
CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY
Pink Wink Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Young designers are paving the way for a post-gender fashion world, and Charles Jeffrey, a young Scottish genderqueer fashion designer, has become an industry darling. Jeffrey’s label, Loverboy, ignores all gender norms, with runway shows nothing short of theatrical and avant-garde.
Recycled Cashmere Funnel Neck Sweater
Riley Studio encompasses the quintessential British wardrobe— classic car coats, flannel overshirts, and cozy cashmere sweaters straight out of a casual scene from The Crown. The unisex line designs heritage pieces that are sustainably made, including knitwear made from recycled cashmere.
Carroll Breton-Stripe T-shirt
Grace Wales Bonner’s approach to clothing was a direct response to race and gender. The collection initially debuted during men’s NYFW but has since expanded to womenswear—though she’s noted there’s not much difference between the two.
Confined Convulsion Sheetshirt Dress
Gender-fluid self-expression is the core of Official Rebrand. With the intention of anti-waste, New York-based nonbinary artist MI Leggett hand-paints and alters discarded clothing to upcycle and “rebrand” one-of-a-kind pieces.
BH Signature Ramen Print Button-Up
Launched in mid-March amidst the global pandemic, Bobblehaus forwent plans for a physical SoHo pop-up and debuted its first collection digitally. Founded by Chinese-Americans Ophelia Chen and Abi Lierheimer, this genderless, eco-friendly brand is full of exciting colors and prints, with boxy shapes that look good on anyone. If you’re looking for entertainment, their blog reads like a cool zine that touches on fashion, art, race, and gender.
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