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Lace Shorts for Men: Take Your Homophobic Reactions and Shove ‘Em

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Cazwell, one of the few openly gay men in the rap game, recently made waves on social media when he wore the latest design by Hologram City, an L.A.-based label, during a new music video shoot. He sent the internet into a frenzy wearing a head-to-toe pastel lace outfit (alongside a handsome crew). The outcry about the photoshoot? Cazwell and his squad had broken some sort of fashion rule by wearing sheer lace shorts! *Gasp!* Immediately everyone began to debate: Are lace shorts the next big fashion trend for men, or is the look “too feminine” for guys to pull off?

People had a field day, chiming in with their own two cents about the look. While some had positive feedback, not everyone is on board with lace shorts for men.

Newsflash: Lace shorts for men are not a new trend.

In our not-particularly-humble opinion, everyone needs to calm down about what they’re calling a new trend. Just like RompHim, these lace shorts are no groundbreaking idea. Fashion houses from Gucci to Burberry have long used “traditionally feminine” fabrics like lace or satin in their menswear.

Popsugar notes that lace shorts were featured in the runway shows of Versace in 2013 and Gucci in 2015.

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But these lace shorts are indicative of a quickly emerging trend in today’s fashion industry. From Raf Simons’ latest collections to the boundary-breaking fashion house Palomo Spain, designers are more and more often blurring the gender lines of both men’s and women’s clothing.

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Simons, the master of minimalism, sent down male and female models wearing sheer sweaters and overcoats, pushing gender-neutral boundaries for his Calvin Klein 2017 fall/winter show. Palomo Spain, a newcomer to the fashion world, is on a mission to create the industry’s most beautiful gender-neutral pieces. It sets to challenge traditional gender rules in men’s clothing in ways as yet unseen.

Japan, always on the forefront of cutting-edge fashion, is no stranger to this gender-neutral idea either. The latest trend to come out of Japanese culture, Genderless Kei, is the perfect example of a new fashion world order. It’s about androgyny, and about rejecting the idea that clothes need to be gender-specific. Interestingly, most fans of this Genderless Kei movement are straight and cisgender.

Bottom line: Lace shorts for men aren’t for everyone, but what fashion is? (Cazwell and his crew pull them off quite nicely, we must say.) But it’s high time that people begin to forgo the burdensome chains of gender rules in what other people choose to wear.

Don’t like lace shorts? Don’t wear ’em. But please keep your borderline-homophobic and downright boring gender rules to yourself, because the world is passing you by.

  • Criticizing them from an aesthetic decoupled from gender norms is totally valid. They’re not impervious from criticism, it’s the people that think they look “girly” that are the real problem.

  • A Posting Ghost

    Your comment is gay

  • Aaron

    Why would they be following you? Any self respecting straight man should feel comfortable going against toxic masculinity, and wear what he wants.

  • afrobabe

    so how many straight men do u know will wear this in broad daylight in public? I’ll wait..

  • Aaron

    I know plenty.
    When a person declares lace shorts to be gay, they assume two things.
    1) that lace shorts are inherently feminine
    2) being gay is inherently feminine
    Of course, these two assumptions are blatantly rooted in homophobia, misogyny, and toxic masculinity, as well as being just plain incorrect.
    Straight men can wear whatever they want to wear, and if a straight man wants to rock a pair of lace shorts, I’ll support him all the way. Clothing isn’t gay or straight.

  • Becca

    Wow, Charles Wang. I take serious offense to being referred to as homophobic just because I DON’T LIKE the lace shorts. Stop being so judgmental and narrow-minded. Act like a real reporter and get your facts straight. Good luck with your future writing. Sincerely, Becca Feher

  • afrobabe

    that right there is why me and you are different :’D

  • Aaron

    are you still goin on about lace shorts

  • Aaron

    if youre really that bothered about some guy wearing lace shorts, maybe consider who might be the gay one

  • afrobabe

    Am a girl…and I have a certain TYPE of men I go for. The ones that dress in lace shorts aren’t my type…It’s got nothing to do with homophobia.

  • Aaron

    then why are you getting so worked up about mens fashion

  • afrobabe

    “Aaron afrobabe • 4 months ago
    I know plenty.
    When a person declares lace shorts to be gay, they assume two things.
    1) that lace shorts are inherently feminine
    2) being gay is inherently feminine
    Of course, these two assumptions are blatantly rooted in homophobia, misogyny, and toxic masculinity, as well as being just plain incorrect.
    Straight men can wear whatever they want to wear, and if a straight man wants to rock a pair of lace shorts, I’ll support him all the way. Clothing isn’t gay or straight.”

    And am the one getting worked up?

  • Aaron

    youre the one still going after 4 months