This post is going to be a showcase of Nonbinary Expression! I took to Twitter and Reddit, asking those who are Nonbinary if they could post pictures of how they express themselves to the world through clothes and their thoughts about it, as well as examine it for myself. These are the results!
Nonbinary Expression is so vast and there’s not one “look” to being nonbinary. Everyone has their own unique way of expressing themselves to the world, and no matter what they decide to do, for others or themselves, is extremely valid! Each showcase will include three pictures of our lovely nonbinary friends, as well as their pronouns, and their thoughts on their own nonbinary expression.
Franky (He/him, They/theirs)-Twitter
“I’m Franky, and I work for a mouse in Orlando. I express myself in the way I talk to my guests at work and interact with children and adults. Especially when it comes to magic, princesses, and pixie dust! I also love to sing Disney songs and wear clothes that showcase my faves.”
Jack Brown (They/Theirs)-Twitter
“I usually dress in a trendy androgynous way leaning towards a hipster/witchy type of style. I prefer clothes that are more unisex appealing, but I very much enjoy floral prints far too much to just stay in the unisex category.”
“Hello I’m Vic, I identify as pansexual and genderqueer. Most of my life I’ve dressed more femininely, I tend to wear heels, crop tops, leotards, dresses, and makeup often. But I also love wearing a binder and having a more flat chest.”
Nicole (She/Hers, They/Theirs)-Twitter
“Hi, I’m Nicole and I very much like ‘feminine’ things. My style is very all over the place, but it’s generally just clothes that make me happy. I wear clothes that are made for boys and for girls. Clothing has no gender.”
“I’m Alexis, I’m 36, nonbinary, and married to an FTM trans man. We have two kids together. My husband and I do a podcast together, along with another friend. It’s an all-trans comedy podcast.”
“I am starting by expressing myself to me. I am starting to wear things that make me feel cute. Given my personality, knowing other people will find it cute is also important to me. But I do it as a reaffirming mechanism to myself, not to please them.”
Myself-Rhian (They/Theirs, He/His)
“I barely think about what others think I look like anymore. I’m nonbinary no matter what I’m wearing. My expression is kind of androgynous boy I guess. I love printed t-shirts, beanies, and my round glasses that fit my face perfectly. It’s all about feeling yourself no matter what. And maybe one day everyone else will catch up.”
I also did a poll on Twitter asking if what Nonbinary folks wore specifically related to lessening their body and social dysphoria, and if that works for them. The results are as shown:
It seems that most votes use clothing expression as a way to lessen their dysphoria, and it works for them, which is great! Some it doesn’t work, and for others, they just wear whatever they feel, and that’s cool too. I just thought that was an interesting question to ask because I myself do think about dysphoria and what will feel good to wear in terms of my body, even if I don’t think about other’s opinions.
Nonbinary Expression is so beautiful in all of its forms. It takes someone strong to unapologetically be who they are and express how they feel, whether they are staying in the binary or not. Clothing has no gender anyway, and to assign people to these labels based on how they look would not be accurate at all.
We are slowly becoming ourselves. All we ask is that you’re along for the ride, and support us every step of the way. Because even if you aren’t, we’ll keep going anyway.
I want to thank all of these beautiful people for being a part of this post. Please go check out their twitters and other social media.
You’re beautiful, no matter how you identify and how you express yourself, you are a valid human being.
Featured and Rhian’s images edited by Tyler Beam (OOS productions)