Making Gender-Neutral Clothes Mainstream!
There’s nothing better than androgynous clothing to avoid being cataloged by gender and all related stereotypes.
Most androgynous clothing brands are designed to disguise the gender of the wearer.
But there are gender-free clothing labels that allow the wearer to showcase where they see themselves on the spectrum of gender identification.
The later, more gender-fluid clothing brands are ideal to me, as I chose my clothes changes a lot, whether I want my outfit to be perceived as masculine or feminine.
In this article, I will introduce you to the top 30 androgynous clothing brands that have something affordable for everyone.
Whether you’re looking for “men’s” silhouettes that flatter curves, masculine cuts for women, or just a clothing brand that eschews the concept of gender altogether.
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Wales Bonner is a gender-free clothing label launched in 2014 by the British designer Grace Wales Bonner, a Central St. Martins graduate.
Grace started her eponymous collection with menswear and later expanded into women’s clothing.
However, when asked by the British Elle, the designer replied:
“I think of my collections as a whole rather than breaking it up into men’s and women’s,“
The designer embraces a diversity of design perspectives with lenses from critical theory, musical compositions, literature, and history.
As such, she’s proposing a distinct notion of luxury fashion inspired by a blend of European and Afro-Atlantic culture.
Wales Bonner’s international stockists include Matchesfashion.com, Dover Street Market, Net-A-Porter, Barneys, Ssense, Browns, Boon the Shop, Galeries Lafayette, and Farfetch.
Telfar Clemens was designing genderless clothing in NYC long before the fashion establishment deemed it a trend.
The self-taught designer presented his first collection in 2005 and produced coveted unisex garments ever since.
Telfar has won a devoted following by living up to its motto, “not for you, for everyone” – so much so that the label’s signature bag has been dubbed the “Bushwick Birkin“.
The genderless brand is created for an all-inclusive community, from plus-size and petite clothing to non-binary.
Telfar’s pieces sell out in minutes (see their recent collab with Ugg!).
Launched by the design duo Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, Eckhaus Latta is another New York-based fashion brand with a gender-fluid approach to clothing.
The designer Zoe Latta said that the aim here is to make the brand’s lovers feel:
“Liberated from branding or marketing mechanisms that make people feel small,”
“We’d like to offer an alternative – whether that’s in self-image, body image, gender spectrum, identity or color“. – Zoe Latta.
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.
Described in the past as a fashion label defying social constructs, One DNA is a black and queer-owned clothing label from NYC.
The brand stands out thanks to its gender-neutral pieces that break down menswear and womenswear boundaries without sacrificing style.
The brand designs eco-conscious basics like sweatshirts, crewnecks, sweatpants, and tees often imprinted with powerful messages such as “We Should All Be Them“.
Leader of the unisex trend, the brand’s suiting collections were featured in Highsnobiety and WWD.
One DNA’s sleek collections are designed to cover buyers of any age, gender spectrum, or race and made in safe and fair conditions at independent workshops in New York City.
Meaning ‘tomboy’ in German, Wildfang was born when two Nike executives realized that there aren’t many menswear-inspired clothes for women to choose from.
With flattering silhouettes, the label offers a wide range of workwear, suits, and tees designed to convey a pared-down, structured look, usually found only in the men’s section.
The label was founded in 2013 with the “radical” belief that any woman has the right to wear whatever the hell she wants and be whoever the hell she wants.
Speaking of rights, since their launch, the brand has given over $500k to charities and organizations that support immigrant and queer rights.
Overall, Wildfang is an androgynous fashion label where you can find gender-neutral fashion from deadstock fabrics, suitable for all female body types.
However, its lines of monochrome and striped basics are well-suited to building an androgynous wardrobe and a reasonable price point.
The brand’s designers work with materials with the most negligible environmental impact, such as organic cotton and upcycled cotton.
I found the brand’s wardrobe essentials something that won’t go out of style in a year, taking up space in your closet or ending up in a landfill.
Entireworld focuses on durability, sustainable materials, ethical manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.
Again, not necessarily an androgynous clothing brand per se, but the garments they create are beautiful and sustainable at the same time.
Pleats Please (by Issey Miyake)
Pleats Please line was initially debuted as part of Issey Miyake’s line in 1988.
Thanks to the 90s fashion craze, the label grew until it became a brand of its own, finally having its official launch in 1994.
The label isn’t particularly concerned with gender norms, gender identity, or any constructs around gender, for that matter.
Yet, it is positioned between the womenswear brand Pleats Please and its menswear counterpart Homme Plissé.
Pleats Please Issey Miyake has many gender-free flattering shapes for every budget and every taste.
The garments are made with a unique “garment pleating” technique where the materials develop from a single thread, and pleats are added after sewing the clothes into shape.
The brand’s creation are super functional; no need to dry-clean, can be folded to a compact size for easy storage and carrying.
Also, the designs are versatil, making them suitable for all kind of daily settings.
Comfortable and beautiful, Pleats Please Issey Miyake’s clothes reflect Issey Miyake’s fundamental concept:
“design is not for philosophy, but life,“
A concept derived from Japanese fashion.
For reimagined blazers and high-waisted slacks, look no further than Tibi, a place for fashion pioneers and gender-fluid fashion.
Launched by a family of artists in a small town off the coast of Georgia and promoted as womenswear, the brand is a staple for fashion editors and stylists of both sexes worldwide.
As an independently owned brand, Tibi’s creations showcase rare stylistic views, thanks to the designer’s collaborations with creatives across multiple disciplines.
“I love creating contradictory apparel that fights social norms: youthful and sophisticated, masculine and feminine, bold and muted,” – Amy Smilovic, Founder & Creative Director.
Driven by the ethos “Clothes Are Tool Of Living,” Black Crane creates a comfortable androgynous style, equally relaxing and functional apparel for daily wear.
So much so that the brand’s creations are recommended by many for quality streetwear or as super comfortable pajamas you can wear at home.
With supply lines and comfort at the core, the brand’s pieces are catered to all-inclusive silhouettes designed to complement the body.
Most pieces are made from natural fibers – renewable and biodegradable and colored with low-impact dyes.
Also, the brand’s eco-friendly pieces made from natural and organic materials come in a wide range of sizes.
Also, to minimize waste, the brand produces only two seasons per year, following a cut-to-order production system.
TooGood is a London-based design studio co-founded in 2008 by sisters Faye and Erica Toogood.
The designer’s expertise in interior design, homeware, fine art, and fashion, is reflected by their obsession with not being constrained (in the creative process) by a single discipline.
As such, TooGood’s unique pieces defy categorization, allowing a natural movement between genres.
A celebration of craftsmanship, each piece takes its name, inspiration, and cut from a traditional trade: the ‘Metalworker’ jacket, the ‘Stonemason’ trouser, and so on.
With over 60 stockists worldwide, including Selfridges, Farfetch, Dover Street Market, and Matchesfashion, TooGood’s androgynous clothes have become a fierce weapon for those seeking to showcase stylistic freedom through unisex outerwear looks.
Born in Jordan to a Syrian mother and Jordanian-Canadian father, Rad Hourani is a Canadian fashion designer, art director, activist, and visual artist that celebrates neutrality as a defining human trait.
Hourani advocates non-conformity as the essence of individuality and modernity as an odyssey free of nations, gender, age, race, limits, and conditioning.
Hourani’s fashion vision revolves around themes of neutrality inspired by media, painting, sculpture, photography, costume, sound, and video.
Each androgynous clothing piece comprises art elements that expose the foundations of our social, religious, economic, sexual, and geopolitical systems, proposing neutrality as a new universal vision.
Nudie Jeans is a unisex brand that creates high-quality, sustainable denim.
Nudie Jeans is based on the idea of raw, untreated fabric, which had at the time been falling into oblivion, and it wasn’t sought after by the public.
In some ways, Nudie Jeans’ environmental philosophy was drawn even before the first collection was designed.
Back then, organic cotton had been around for a while, but more or less as a fly-by.
The demand for sustainable fabrics was on the decrease, and the supply followed.
Yet, the founders took it as a rare opportunity to do the opposite.
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.
Emily Adams Bode is the first woman to show a collection at Men’s NYFW in 2016, paving the way for women in the menswear industry.
Bode is an androgynous clothing brand marketed as luxury menswear.
The label expresses a sentimentality for the past through the study of personal narratives and historical techniques.
That love of the past is explained by the designer’s choice to launch the first collection of one-of-a-kind garments composed of antique textiles.
In recent collections, BODE showcases modern workwear silhouettes united with female-centric traditions of quilting, mending, and appliqué.
Each piece tells a story and is tailor-made, continuing to reinvigorate American gender-free menswear through the art of storytelling.
Olderbrother is a gender-neutral brand from Portland, Oregon, that creates charming outerwear collections that are both hip and utilitarian.
The story of the label is quite exciting, and it goes like this:
“Whether called mentor, friend, or older brother, everyone has a person who walks ahead on the path, someone with a hand ready for you,”
It is that someone invested in your path that gives Olderbrother a to exist“.
The label makes “universal garments“, tailored to fit people rather than genders such as women or men.
I like a lot the brand’s eco-conscious range made of organic cotton sourced from Japanese farms.
Above all, I love their unique blends of wool, woven rice paper, and linen from Japan’s flax fields – once the source of Imperial ceremonial robes.
Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
Loverboy is the creation of Charles Jeffrey, a young Scottish genderqueer fashion designer.
Inspired by the “no rules” mantra of punk, Jeffrey says of that era:
“People would pick up instruments without knowing how to play, but this was valid, and I think that’s what Loverboy is,”
“It’s a space that allows you not to know what you’re doing, but no one will stop you“.
With runway shows nothing short of theatrical and avant-garde, Loverboy ignores all gender stereotypes and norms.
Power dressing – dapper style and men in skirts wearing make-up are pillars of the gender-bending label’s aesthetic.
Overall, Jeffrey’s unique collections are radical in design while championing the glitz of London’s queer community.
Riley Studio was launched to change mindsets and make conscious consumerism the norm.
The team creates androgynous clothing by sourcing recycled materials from ethical partners and mills committed to doing things the right way, not the easy way.
As a sustainable, genderless, and timeless loungewear brand, Riley Studio encompasses the quintessential British wardrobe.
That is classic carcoats, flannel overshirts, and cozy 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.
I like a lot Riley’s Zip Track pants for their comfort and versatility – I can wear them on a series of occasions and even traveling because they don’t crease!
A creation of MI Leggett, a New York-based non-binary artist and former food justice advocate, Official Rebrand transforms unwanted materials into unique androgynous clothing.
Since 2017, Leggett has synthesized environmental justice and gender expression interests into a brand that’s quickly garnered acclaim.
In the span of just a few years, Leggett’s shown multiple collections at New York Fashion Week and been labeled by the CFDA as “one to watch.”
Leggett’s years working in food justice shaped the label’s design process.
Upcycling and reworking discarded garments felt like a natural choice, given the marked worldwide ecological impact of the fashion industry.
In altering these unwanted garments, Leggett dissociates them from gendered categories and creates an alternative space where both materials and identity are fluid.
The cultural and industrial norms that ground the fashion industry and our society are destabilized.
Independent Androgynous Clothing Designers
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 and 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.
I love how the New York-designed, Shanghai-made Bobblehaus bridges East and West youth cultures.
Oversimplified, the brand is offering premium pieces across three key categories: “Classified Absurdity“, “Soft Masculinity“, and “Your New Comfort“.
Styles like ripstop nylon hook-ups, embroidered sweatsuits, and lounge-worthy Tencel sets are grounded in a neutral palette of navy, khaki, and grey, while doses of “Watermelon” pink, “Orchid” purple, and “Green Tea” punch up the vibrancy.
Great androgynous clothing brand, make sure you check out their relaxed plaid suits that round the collection out with a polished moment.
IJJI is a genderless clothing label founded in 2016.
The brand’s name “Ijji” describes a Japanese word イージーパンツ, meaning “any loose drawstring pant.”
In a more contextual translation, that means a brand that makes fitted pants for anybody.
The label is defined by a focus on natural fibers, beautiful colors, and interesting silhouettes.
As a brand, IJJI is committed to growing slowly and responsibly, rejecting the idea that more is better.
I am impressed with the brand’s conscious approach to desire creating clothing that will be considered and purchased with care.
Manufacturing in California, the brand’s androgynous clothes are elegant and make for the perfect everyday uniform.
“No sesso” translates in the Italian language as “no sex/no gender“.
Founded by Pierre Davis in 2015, No-Sesso is a small Italian fashion brand operating out of Los Angeles.
Davis runs the business together with Autumn Randolph and Arin Hayes, aiming to create an androgynous clothing brand that challenges the conventions of fashion, art, culture, and design.
As a community-powered brand focusing on empowering people of all colors, shapes, and identities, No Sesso features products made of reconstructed materials, and most notably, hand embroidery.
Making nonconformity as beautiful and inclusive as it can be, No Sesso celebrates the community it serves with its collections, fashion presentations, parties, educational activities, and more.
Unfortunately, I have found the brand’s offering quite limited, not only regarding its range of androgynous products but also in general.
There are less than ten products on the brand’s official website that you can choose from, which is a shame as there’s so much potential.
Overall, I love how the designers promote nonconformity through the lens of reconstructed knits and statement separates, all while serving and celebrating the gender-free community.
Cilium (AKA Tilly and William)
Powered by a non-binary gender identity, Cilium is a clothier with a philosophy that celebrates and explores innovation, transformability, and gender non-exclusivity.
Cilium’s conception sparked in 2009 with dear friends Tilly d Wolfe Lapidos and Thom Barranca.
As the founding designers began to question the concept of gender regarding clothing, they started making unisex, sustainable clothing under the brand name ‘TILLYandWILLIAM’.
However, in 2018, the duo decided to launch a new gender-free clothing label; Cilium, as the name of the old brand wasn’t supposed to be about them but Cilium – a protective layer around cells.
Like Cilium, a membrane of ever-changing nature, the brand’s superb clothing pieces follow a constant transformative process.
FLAVNT Streetwear is an Austin-based independent clothing brand for everyone within and anyone who supports the LGBTQ+ community.
Started to create clothes that promote confidence and pride, the brand’s genderless clothing and Femboy outfits are designed to increase one’s self-love.
FLAVNT also supports the LGBTQ community as a whole, aiming to positively impact individual lives through innovative fundraising initiatives.
Of all androgynous fashion designers on my list, FLAVNT stands out thanks to its minimalist designs and unique physical characteristics.
Driven by a feminist ethos and powered by an alter ego concept, the brand’s androgynous dressing has unique feminine characteristics.
Androgyny is a UK-based gender-neutral streetwear brand launched by Peter Bevan, seeking to embrace and showcase the power of gender-fluid clothes as a powerful form of self-expression.
I like how the founder has described the choice for the brand’s logo, inspired by gender neutrality:
“The moon comes from Plato’s description of ‘androgynes’ as ‘Children of the Moon’ in Greek philosophy, while triangle symbolizes the end of gender as the traditional dichotomy of male and female.”
The founder also believes that gender is a fluid state and wants people to feel like they can express identity by wearing whatever they want.
The label shows a significant commitment to sustainability; each product is made from GOTS certified organic cotton, designed and handmade in the brand’s UK-based studio.
“Be your authentic self without apologies. Stay true,” reads the motto of this genderless and non-conforming androgynous fashion brand.
A label famous for its feminine, androgynous clothing, loose silhouettes, and baggy hoodies, each design will make you feel great and look fabulous.
Launched back in 2012, VEEA aims to create fashion for andro women by breaking patriarchal boundaries, societal imposed gender roles, and embracing clothing in a non-discriminative way.
I also like VEEA’s Box non-subscription business model, where you can pick up any five items and try them in the comfort of your home.
For each box, you pay $20 (non-refundable, see it as some sort of pre-paid credit), which will be applied towards the purchase of whatever you keep from that box.
Big Bud Press
Big Bud Press is an LA-based brand that creates unisex clothing for all types of bodies, including those on the curvier end of the spectrum as well.
I mention that because, sadly, most gender-inclusive clothing brands tend to focus on buyers with slim silhouettes.
Proud of its ethical and local manufacturing practices, the label is sweatshop-free and independently audits all its manufacturing partners.
More than 98% of the brand’s fabric is NAFTA certified and made in the US, aiming to be 100% produced locally by 2022.
Design-wise, the brand’s pieces avoid somber tones associated with menswear, instead offering a rainbow of high-impact hues.
Denim for everyone is the unofficial ethos of Sixty Nine (69), an LA-based androgynous clothing brand founded by an anonymous designer back in 2011.
Since then, the label has been producing “all-inclusive” pieces, true to the founder’s Vice interview:
“I’m just trying to make comfortable shit for everyone,“
While 69’s creations are timeless and classic, there’s a contemporary feel to its fashion style, somehow meant for the future.
Fun and vibrant, the brand’s unique aesthetic consists of bright, hand-tie dyed pieces in wide-leg trousers, oversized t-shirts, and Big Button Up one piece, like a psychedelic version of Missy Elliott’s iconic “Supa Dupa Fly” balloon onesie.
Bear in mind, the brand’s beautiful gender-free clothing is available at their LA store, which is by appointment only and only in limited styles.
I like that 69 is still a tiny operation brand, comprised of two, working almost exclusively with family-owned small businesses.
Since its launch in 2013, Sharpe Suiting has been helping brave individuals to showcase who they indeed are by giving them access to conscious designs.
With the brand’s novel “andropometrics formula” – a custom-tailored suiting process designed for genderqueer fashion enthusiasts – the brand creates looks that fit every style and identity.
The label also serves the community that inspired its creation by donating hundreds of suits to LGBTQ youth centers, non-profit fundraisers, colleges, and queer prom students across the country.
From picking individual buttons to finding the perfect blazer, the brand offers a bespoke experience regardless of the clothes you’re after, be that your wedding day, office work, or you just having fun.
Muttonhead is a unisex clothing brand that prides itself on locally produced, fair-trade, affordable, unisex clothes for all ages, all sizes, and all body types.
All of the brand’s collections are designed and manufactured in North America, following ethical labor practices.
Muttonhead pieces are rare explorations of creative innovation, fashion, and art.
The brand’s artisanal garments challenge traditional tailoring; each piece is individually draped and detailed to bring out one’s unique and beautiful style.
Bold shapes and striking, genderless forms exemplify Muttonhead, driven by a solid ambition to push the boundaries of androgynous fashion.
A creation of Fabio Costa – a fashion designer featured in the ‘Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art’ exhibition and winner of the second-place at ‘Project Runway: Season 10‘ – NotEqual is a neutral clothing brand from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
NotEqual’s gender-free clothing is intentionally shaped to mask the wearer’s gender, breaking stylistic boundaries found in classic man vs. woman haute couture.
The brand’s mission is to create “rational fashion,” a term coined by the designer not to politicize its craft.
While NotEqual’s garments are not cheap, shoppers with a tight budget should consider investing in one or two of the brand’s fabulous clothes as the start to a long-lasting androgynous wardrobe.
Gender Free World
Gender Free World was founded in 2015 by a group of like-minded individuals who believed that:
“what we have in our pants disproportionately restricts our fashion choices,“
The label creates clothes for transgender people, stripping the traditional masculine shapes and variations and introducing bold colors and fun textiles, usually in women’s styles.
“The term ‘gender’ is controversial as it can be interpreted in different ways. We keep it simple, not marching for a genderless world, but showing how unfair it is that gender stereotypes limit and restrict vestimentary choices,” said one of the brand’s designers.
And true to their words, the brand’s shirts are designed with a gender-neutral sensibility at the core, aiming to fit any body shape.
Final Words On Androgynous Clothing
Finally, the mainstream media and designers are catching up, following high-profile celebs like Harry Styles wearing a gown or Billie Eilish sporting oversized streetwear brands.
Nonbinary runway models like Indya Moore – the first trans person of color to cover ELLE Magazine last year – 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 as 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; or, is it?…
Now it’s your turn…
Which one of these androgynous clothing brands is your favorite and why?
Are there any other great androgynous fashion brands you’ve tried and want to add to this list?
Please leave your comments below, would love to know your opinion.