At just 16, Jaden Smith has already cultivated a sense of style all his own. Cheetah is his favorite print, harem pants are on frequent rotation, and oversized T-shirts are his signature. Recently, he’s been adding some more feminine elements to his look. “Went To TopShop To Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean “Clothes,"” he wrote on Instagram. The results of his shopping trip? At least one black dress, which he was spotted sporting in California on Friday.
That Moment When Your Wearing A Dress With No Pants And You Swerve Way To Hard.— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) April 9, 2015
The long-sleeved black jersey dress was layered with a white crochet tank on top, denim cutoffs underneath, and a long pendant. His outfit was very athleisure-inspired as he paired it with high socks in his favorite animal pattern and Nike sneakers.
But because this is America and it’s a guy wearing a girl’s article of clothing, the haters obviously had something to say about it. One called it “attention seeking behavior,” many just left it “LOL,” and one graceful grandparent wrote, “I’m thankful my Grandchildren don’t act or dress like Hollywooders!” Yet still others are all about Smith’s latest look. One Twitter user said Smith’s his “spirit animal." Mike Basile posed the question, “Is it bad to say Jaden Smith is my hero?”
But really, why is this any different from when a woman wears men’s clothing? Women “shop” their boyfriends’ closets all the time or purposely purchase items from the opposite gender’s section and no one seems to care, in fact, it gets called a fashion statement. In a time when fashion is becoming more fluid and genderless, let’s look to Smith as a trailblazer as opposed to an outlier.