Dude looks like a lady: Male celebrities find comfort in women’s wear



By Shelisa Melendez

As fashion week takes over runways in cities around the world, men are finding style inspiration from those least expected.

Women should no longer worry about buying the same outfit as their best friend, but be more concerned about buying the same outfit as their boyfriend! Over the past few months, male celebrities have found comfort in their masculinity despite their decision to sneak into the women’s section when shopping.

When rapper Lil’ Wayne performed in a pair of sagging, leopard-print, women’s jeggings (jean leggings for those of you who are unfamiliar) by Tripp NYC at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, many were left confused, and little did anyone foresee the trend which was about to take storm—a Twitter account solely dedicated to the rapper’s pants was even created shortly after the rapper’s style controversy: @Waynes_Jeggings.

In a recent interview with Life & Style magazine, singer Justin Beiber had no problem admitting to wearing women’s jeans.

“I’ve worn women’s jeans before because they fit me,” he told Life & Style. “It’s not a trend; it’s just whatever works, works.”

Now Justin, I don’t know who you are trying to fool, but I am quite sure you can find jeans that fit you comfortably without having to sneak into Selena’s closet.

In his interview with Life & Style, Bieber referred to rapper Kanye West’s fashion choices in women’s wear, as if he were his fashion inspiration, which wouldn’t be surprising because West is very familiar with the art of women’s wear.

According to a Yahoo.com article last year, during New York Fashion Week, West wore a blush-colored women’s blouse by Phillip Lim because he liked the way the color looked against his skin. And this year during NYFW, West wore a colorful women’s top by French label “Celine” to the Coachella show.

It is obvious Kanye West has no problem embracing a “her-terosexual” look; and as if wearing women’s clothing wasn’t enough, West is soon to debut his new women’s-wear clothing line.

According to Australia’s Harper’s Bazaar magazine, West’s yet-to-be-titled line will make its runway premiere at the far more exclusive Paris Fashion Week, showing on Oct. 1 at 9:30 p.m.

However, West’s interest in fashion is no overnight sensation. Other than attending numerous fashion shows, he has interned (yes, I said interned) for Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Raf Simmons.

In 2009, West tried to start a clothing line, “Pastelle,” which never took off. Hopefully he has better luck with the upcoming women’s wear line, as he collaborated with English designer Louise Goldin, who has designed for “Topshop,” and Australia’s Harper’s Bazaar fashion editor, Christina Centenera.

Both men’s- and women’s-wear styles have been borrowed, reinvented and recycled over many years. Women have mastered the art of boyfriend jeans, oxfords and a classic men’s blazer, and now men are appreciating color and exploring new jean fits.

Whether you find it socially acceptable or not, fashion is always evolving in new ways, and now across gender lines.