I forgot to add, fashion also varies a lot with time and place. Kilts. Renaissance men's tights and what are essentially brightly colored dresses etc.
Now this is very interesting to me; and perhaps related to what I said in an earlier post.
Women are allowed to wear a wider range of clothing to express their personality and individuality. We are sometimes expected to wear very uncomfortable, sadistic items of clothing (4"+ heels, corsets worn to compress the waist, or burqas to completely blot us out).
BUT, having said that, in the West at least, we have much more freedom to dress as we feel.
Men are allowed, overall, to be more comfortable than women with reference to clothing; but they are not allowed such latitude as to types of clothing.
What is masculine or feminine about
: lace, chiffon, silk, gauze, etc., or any other traditionally "feminine" fabric.
Nothing. It's only our perception.
Men have worn kilts and never had their masculinity or gender or sexual orientation questioned in anyway, shape or form.
In many countries, men have [and still do] wear long flowing robes as garments. They are not seen as wearing a dress or as trying to present as female.
Being a teenager in the 1980's, glam and hair metal bands dressed up in feminized stage outfits, eyeliner, teased hair, lots of jewelry. They were (mostly), an ultra heterosexual bunch of men who got all the female sexual attention they could handle.
Again, I think allowing men to express themselves more fully with regards to clothing/hairstyles/jewelry etc., should be encouraged. Not all men want to be he-men. He-men are not attractive to all women.
This is maybe a minor issue overall. But I do think it's a factor.
The founding fathers of the U.S.A. wore powdered wigs, velvet waistcoats, had their shirts tailored with ruffles and lace, wore short breeches with high socks underneath.
Medieval European men wore tights [externally], and codpieces. Again, velvets and silks and jewels.
And they weren't assumed to be gay, or trans or crossdressers.
Just thinking out loud. This, again, is only one piece of the puzzle.