A Stream of Consciousness: Menswear, Clothing worn by Men
Most people in fashion think of menswear as suits, and sweaters and form fitting clothing that is sold at high end department stores, but why is the term menswear limited to just that? Shouldn’t all clothing made for men be menswear? In recent times the lines between streetwear and high fashion have blurred, there used to be a thick line, but over the past years it has gotten smaller at an accelerating pace and I think it’s time to say that the line is as small as it’ll ever be right now. With collaborations between brands like Supreme and Louis Vuitton, brands like Off-White, that have “streetwear roots” but have fashion shows, and with people from both sides of the spectrum now constantly mixing brands from high and low in their outfits, we might as well just call it menswear.
I mean you might say Alyx Studios is by Mathew Williams, who was a part of streetwear brand Been Trill, but with a belt that costs $300 dollars and is sold at most high-end department stores is it really? I mean sure, there will always be brands that sell more affordable streetwear, but if we just consider designs, there’s no difference, and half the time high end is copying streetwear anyways, rather than the other way around. That’s why, rather than trying to make up my mind on where to place a brand, I am just going to call it menswear from now on, because it’s clothing that is meant to be worn by men.