Come to think that circa a hundred years ago, women caused uproar for publicly wearing trousers. Add to that the fact that men in skirts continued that uproar decades to come, the shock even transforming into ridicule. What started with the astonishment that followed these flipping of the two supposed ends of the spectrum has merged into a middle ground established by this generation – ungendered wardrobes. Such a champion is Urban Outfitters, aligning themselves to the unisex clothing revolution in the form of their first ever gender-neutral suit.
The brand are dipping their toes into the world of tailoring and offering a solution to this century-old problem. The brand’s first ever suit, launching tomorrow, will be a unisex style. A classic staple gets reworked into a versatile form that will cater to all on the gender spectrum.
The design comes in a light grey check, which allows both trousers and jacket to be sold separately as their own gender-blending pieces. Omitting to attach the release of this product to any relevant capsule, however, is the most progressive element of it all, as it paves the way for the normalization of the exclusion of gender labels in fashion. And come to think of it, some couples have been swapping garments like this for decades now.
The piece will be available both in-store and online starting with Tuesday, 31st October, with the option to purchase both items separately – the blazer retailing at at £75 and the trousers £49. In terms of sizing, special labels promise to accommodate for all shapes regardless of gender.
Urban Outfitters director of menswear + womenswear design, Lizzie Dawson, commented:
“The launch of our unisex suit is something we’ve wanted to offer for some time, with the current trends dictating a gender-neutral form of dressing it made sense that UO should offer this in one of the seasons most coveted items – the blazer and twinning trouser. The suit has been specifically designed with a unique cut and versatile style that complements all forms irrespective of gender.”