As lovers of style, we’re all here for gender-bending fashion. We think it’s dope that gender-neutral clothing lines exist now at stores like Zara (Ungendered is now a part of its TRF label) and H&M (their line Denim United is unisex). Still, we have a long way to go when it comes to fully embracing the shift in what men's and women's clothing looks like. The fact that the RompHim — the men's romper that went viral a few weeks ago — was so polarizing proves that there is work still to be done.
Earlier this week, we were introduced to another viral clothing trend aimed at the male market. Ladies, gentlemen, and people of all genders, let us introduce you to lace shorts… for men!
The shorts were photographed on the set of rapper Cazwell’s new music video. Cazwell apparently had the shorts made exclusively by Hoza Rodriguez, designer and owner of streetwear brand Hologram City. Cazwell posted a photo of the entire outfits, paired with matching lace shirts.
Like rompers, lace has typically been reserved for women’s fashion, and of course, people on social media had lots to say about the look, which Popsugarnotes was spied on the Versace runway in 2013 and Gucci in 2015.
It's clear that some people aren't too keen on lace shorts for guys. A Twitter user posted an image of the shorts, asking women if they would allow their male significant others to wear them. There was a huge response coming from people opposed to the look, with one particular commenter saying, "If your man wears these it is time to trade her in for a real man."
If the late music legend Prince could wear Victorian peasant blouses and sequined jumpsuits back in the ‘80s and rapper Young Thug could wear a dressby Italian designer Alessandro Trincone on the cover of his 2016 Jeffreymixtape, anything should be possible. Sure, they wore clothes that are often considered "feminine," but newsflash: fashion is about personal choice, and there's NOTHING wrong with men choosing what they choose. The fact that people are actually upset about this (and still using the phrase "real man") proves that we definitely have a lot of thinking to do about our perceptions of which clothes are "appropriate" for people of any gender.
Quite honestly, people should be allowed to wear whatever the heck they please — even if it’s a RompHim or lace shorts.
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