Since the beginning of time, fashion has been used to make a statement. It embodies personalities, movements, and even ideals way beyond it becoming the industry we know of today. But one of its definitive functions — at least decades ago — was to separate the male silhouette from the female's. This all changed when suffragettes decided to wear trousers in the 1800s in their quest for equal rights, and thus igniting the fire for the many fashion revolutions that brought us to today's scene.
Now, gender-fluid garbs are taking centre stage. Evolving from androgynous looks that balance elements of masculinity and femininity or the lack of both to produce a non-binary aesthetic, gender-fluid fashion is its bolder cousin. As its name suggests, it completely embraces and shifts between male and female silhouettes whenever one pleases, regardless of sexual identity.
It's also worth noting that gender-fluid fashion differs from drag in the sense that people don't make personas when wearing gender-fluid outfits. Simply put, it's when a man wearing a dress without anyone batting an eyelash in a way that women of today can wear trousers the way they please.
One of the biggest explosions in gender-fluid fashion happened in 2016 with Japan's 'Genderless Kei' trend. Pushing the boundaries of gender conformity to make a statement against homophobia and transphobia in the country, idols and online personalities took the movement mainstream as an encouragement to the youth. This was later on embraced in the West. Celebrities like Billy Porter, Ezra Miller, Jaden Smith, Ruby Rose, and Tilda Swinton nail this side of fashion completely, sporting stunning gender-bending looks on various occasions.