Women making subversive statements in menswear is nothing new. Annie Hall wore wide leg trousers and kipper ties in the 70s, Madonna and Grace Jones writhed in signature sensual power suits through the 80s.
The new mood for gender neutral or unisex dressing is less derivative. It’s not about strong sartorial assertions or sexualising traditional masculinity; rather it’s just about finding a bloody good pair of joggers and maybe some oversize Cashmere.
A trend galvanised from the street as much as the catwalk, most people know that the best place to find your new favourite pieces is always your partner’s wardrobe. Designers and buyers have responded with contemporary luxurious pieces that can be worn by both sexes. Think of the frenzy of love for Hood by Air at New York fashion week, Harvey Nichols new ‘his & her wear’ range and booming progressive cult labels like Trapstar, Bazar-14 and KTZ.
Right here and now we’re still buying into effortless understated menswear. As many girls as boys seem enraptured by the slim tailoring from Whistles menswear. There’s growing girly whispering about super soft cuffed pyjamas and low crew neck tees from David Gandy’s new M&S mens range with Autograph. Tip: Team with fine gold jewellery and Adidas Gazelles.
And just to emphasise how ubiquitous the trend has become, smouldering Gandy gave an M&S twitter Q&A this week raving about women in his trunks.
Put simply, show on point allegiance to the unisex trend with a study pair of pants.