The number of transgender models has risen dramatically in recent years. One of the first to make the breakthrough was Andreja Pejic. She walked the catwalks of the world as a man at the beginning of her career. It was not until 2014 that she underwent the sex-aligned operation. But transgendering also has a great influence on everyday fashion. No matter whether they are really transsexual or simply interested in “cross dressing”: There are more and more women who feel comfortable in masculine outfits and also more and more men who like to wear female clothes. Of course, the designers are also reacting to this: Jennifer Hartmann is not the only fashion designer who designs women’s dresses for men. But how does this “trend” affect business fashion? Are female outfits taboo for men on the job? And are women allowed to wear a trouser suit with tie in their everyday working life? We bring light into the darkness.
Transgender vs. Cross Dresser
Transgender is defined as people in whom the physical sex differs from the perceived sex. The phrase “born in the wrong body” is often used to describe the emotional chaos of transgender people. The term “transgender” should not be equated with “cross dressing”. The latter is the name for people who for various reasons like to dress like the opposite sex. However, this does not mean that they cannot identify with their physical sex. While “cross dressing” can be a fad, this is not the case with transgender. Although many people feel that the number of transgenders is increasing, this is most likely due to increased awareness and awareness of the issue. As a result, more people dare to undergo the necessary gender-matching operations. Scientific research proves that there were transgender in all epochs of mankind.
Transgender fashion is on the rise
But regardless of whether they are transgender or cross-dresser, the number of people who prefer to dress like the opposite sex is increasing. For women it is usually still easy to find more masculine outfits. They wear suits, ties and shirts in noble lace-up shoes to make them look more masculine. As a rule, there are hardly any problems with the fit, because the smallest clothing size for men fits most women well.
However, many men who would like to dress more feminine face a problem: they have wider shoulders and their arms are longer. Therefore, conventional women’s tops are usually too tight or too short. Women’s jeans don’t suit the average man either. That’s why the number of designers who design female fashion especially for men is increasing. For example, waterfall cut-outs are used to give the chest area a slightly fuller appearance.
Large chains have also discovered the potential of the topic for themselves. The H&M spin-off “& Other Stories” was launched in August last year with a transgender collection designed by Trans-Menschen for Trans-Menschen. But it is also very popular with people who are only interested in “cross dressing”.
Is business wear for men now also given a feminine touch?
In principle, business wear for men is largely unaffected by the transgendering trend in the fashion world. This applies in particular to jobs that require a high degree of professionalism and seriousness. Lawyers, bankers or insurance clerks can dress as they like in their free time, but should stick to the dress code in their professional life.
This means that the typical box-office hits of male business fashion such as these popular Level 5 shirts from Olymp are still in demand and real must-haves in every men’s wardrobe. The shirts score with a high quality and a good wearing comfort. At the same time, they give every man the professionalism he needs for his job. The same applies to the classic suit. It also continues to be part of men’s business outfits in many sectors.
However, there are jobs where exceptions are possible. The less customer contact there is, the less important the dress code is in many companies. In some professions the tolerance regarding the choice of clothing of the employees is particularly high. This applies, for example, to creative jobs such as web designers. In such professions, it may also be possible for men to appear in female clothing in the office.
Are women with ties allowed at work?
In principle, women have a little more scope than men when choosing their business outfits. Nevertheless, there are some rules for the female business look. Women who prefer a masculine style of dress still have it easier than men who like to dress feminine. For example, you can combine a classic pantsuit with a white shirt and elegant lace-up shoes that are naturally masculine and currently in fashion. Even the tie to the white blouse is anything but frowned upon and therefore a possible option for business women.