“I have a lot of guy friends who are gay (#humblebrag) and wear women’s clothes. On Friday, I lent a sweater dress to one such dude and he, in return, so generously let me borrow his Prada leg warmers. And as I was bragging to my girl friend about it, she asked me whether or not he’s a cross-dresser. Honestly, I didn’t know how to respond.
The question felt antiquated; outdated. Frankly I didn’t even want to justify it with an answer, but she did shed light on an interesting fact: that cross-dressing has pretty much become obsolete. When I could finally think of the right words, this is what came out: “I mean…no? He wears women’s clothes, but he doesn’t cross-dress.” And that right there seems to encompass the gender roles that fashion is beginning to dictate.”
It's really interesting that a lot of individuals today are crossing over the once-taboo subject of cross-dressing and that it means nothing more than simply wearing clothes. Outdating traditional gender- specified pieces of clothing is certainly a huge leap from ideas of centuries’ past and only goes to show that we don’t restrict our freedom of choices to anything – not even to the strict “rules” of clothing. Hence, here are more reasons why cross-dressing is cool and why you should live your life doing it!
1. "cross- dressing" (or the idea of it) Proves that you don’t confine yourself into certain norms or standards some group of people decided to forcefully dictate on other people
Today’s age should be all about freedom in choices and what better way to represent this idealism than by displaying it through your fashion ventures! Having to convince yourself that pretty girls are pretty only when they wear dresses is really absurd and it in a way forces your opinion of beauty to be that of what other people find beautiful. It really is not bad to view beauty as taking the “girl in a pink dress” perception, or “the guy in short shorts” perspective. In fact, cross dressing is special because it bounds your idea of beauty or attractiveness to nothing – hence the power to say is really just up to you!
2. It's cheaper
3. It feels more comfortable
4. Options, Options, Options
5. it just feels right
plus: It really just feels right.
illustrations by Maxine Velasco