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Somewhere along the timeline from when Harry Styles controversially covered Vogue, Bad Bunny posed in a pink Jacquemus dress, and Timothée Chalamet wore that Haider Ackerman halter top, up until Jacob Elordi was anointed thy Baby Girl, men's apparel took a turn for the feminine.

High(er) fashion's never not been about breaking gender norms and bending beauty conventions, but seeing the effects of binary-scrutiny treacle through the masses in real time has been nothing short of fascinating.

Though straight males' seize of womanly, queer-coded styling gestures à la nail polish, bare midriffs, hand bags, and more flamboyant (costume) jewelry has not been immune to disputes, the market only mirrors what consumers want.

And what they want, or rather, what guys specifically want, it seems, are clothes to compensate for years, decades, generations of masculine restraint.

On this quest of reckoning with patriarchy, soft bois are keen to expose their legs, their nipples, and their feelings. Designers, as per usual, keep the score:

Séfr Transparent Button-Up

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SéfrSancho Shirt
$540
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Red as a rose, this Casanovian blouse unites a fluid femininity in silhouette and texture with the season's most passionately tended to plaid print.

Mugler Star T

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MUGLERStar T-Shirt
$620
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The simplest of garments, a T-shirt, is rendered utterly sexy in the hands of Casey Cadwallader's Mugler. The vampy, see-through lace of stars is a raver's 'fit par excellence.

Bode Ivy Embroidered Silk Shirt

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BODEIvy Embroidered Silk Shirt
$615
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Traversing from tango to techno, over now to tendrils, apparently. An ethereal, whimsical piece that prefers poetry over party.

Simone Rocha White Embroidered Shorts

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Simone RochaEmbroidered Cotton Shorts
$503
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"To have and to hold", read these very Baby Girl bottoms, in reference to wedding vows, and representative thereby of the romanticism Simone Rocha instills her doll-like creations with.

Wales Bonner Blue Satin Shorts

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Wales BonnerDistance Satin Shorts
$523
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The shorter the short, the bigger the ... ? Anyways, these blue boxers are Grace Wales Bonner's characteristically retro-sporty response to yet another impending Hot Girl Summer.

AMI Paris Lamb Leather Mini Shorts

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AMI PARISLamb Leather Shorts
$744
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Seriously though, it ain't getting any shorter than Alexandre Mattiussi's sculpting hot pants - like, physically, technically, it seems impossible. The peak, the final boss of short shorts we dare you to challenge.

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