It’s an age old story: a man wears a dress and everyone’s mad about it


Beck Iannucci

Harry Styles made fashion history this week, being the first man to have a Vogue cover all to himself. Vogue is a huge fashion magazine, on average getting 24.4 million readers. I swear, everyone I know reads this magazine.

Harry not having to appear with a woman to be chosen shows how things in the fashion industry keep changing. Even more so proving this is the fact that he wore a dress.

Of course this was met with opposition and stupidity.

Sometimes it feels like the age-old debate of who is “allowed” to wear what will never end. I, myself, go by the motto that if you’re comfortable and happy, then that’s clothing you should be wearing — regardless of which section it came from. But this always comes with opposition and stereotypes.

I found an amazing Instagram account last month. Now, men that dress feminine are usually assumed to be queer, but this man isn’t. Because of this, he tries to shed light on the fact that other factors, such as sexuality or gender, don’t always have anything to do with what we wear. You can find him and his amazing outfit choices at markbryan911.

The opposition that both of these men have faced should be starting a wider discussion.

I recently had someone I know tell me they liked the sweater I was wearing because I looked feminine. This I found extremely peculiar since there is nothing feminine about a plain white sweater. This leads me to assume he said this because of the lace at the bottom of my sweater. But this doesn’t clear things up for me.

Delicate materials such as lace are often regarded as feminine. Bizarre considering that women aren’t any less strong than men and men don’t have less emotions than women. I’ve been to a WWE match live and those women could easily snap me in half.

I also hate the implication that dressing more traditionally masculine shows toughness. Just because I’m wearing flannel and jeans doesn’t mean I can beat you in a fight. I find it intriguing how these “men’s” clothes can be perceived. Like if a women is wearing a suit it’s assumed she’s gay. Pretty weird since that’s a standard outfit in the business world. There’s nothing gay about a button down shirt and tie.

Don’t even get me started on this assigned color garbage. Pink is for girls and blue is for boys. Yeah, okay. In the 19th century pink was considered a masculine color typically for boys. During Hitler’s rein of terror he forced gay men to wear pink triangles — further associating pink with men. So when did things change and why? Who even cares what gender likes what color? There are so many other colors so why pink and blue specifically?

I don’t understand why Harry wearing a dress and Mark in heels and skirts upset so many people. Lose your stupid notions and get a life. Leave people and their clothing choices alone and rethink your gender roles.