Zara Launched a Genderless Clothing Line and the Reviews Are Mixed
Find out why some people are praising the brand while others are downright pissed.
Spanish fast fashion label Zara recently launched a non-gender specific collection, aptly titled “Ungendered,” on its webstore and the reviews are a wide-ranging mix of praise and disappointment. The line includes less than 10 pieces in total and is comprised of T-shirts, light wash unisex jeans, shorts and joggers that play with androgynous silhouettes. This move is certainly progressive for the label and many have shown support for the brand in promoting non-binary acceptance. Especially with the growing discussion and popularity of gender-bending designs from prominent labels such as Vetements, Faith Connexion and even Gucci, the concept seems to be a long time coming for a mainstream retailer.
Even so, the criticism for the line has come hard and fast. Many commentators have taken to social media to express feelings of disapproval and anger at the “Ungendered” program. Opinions range from “when will we move past this notion that genderless clothing simply = plain t-shirts/sweatpants? why is this “bold”? (via @tywrent) to “Oh look, Zara’s gender neutral clothing line consists entirely of baggy masc styles for tall skinny people” (via @La__Rain). What do you think? Is this a positive step forward for fashion retailers or another futile attempt to cater to the masses?