With jockstraps on the catwalks, fashion says loud and clear gay

One question: Can a jockstrap go as viral as the exposed underwear from Miu Miu’s Spring 2022 collection? After closing out Paris Fashion Week last October, Miu Miu’s much-discussed look has appeared in an abundance of editorials and covers, and has become the subject of thoughtful articles about exposed bellies. Can jockstraps go mainstream?

Maybe. The person who wants to dress in lingerie clothes (see Nensi Dojaka, Mugler, Rui) and the person who seeks to cheekily expose a jockstrap over their jeans are kindred spirits. Two years after the start of the pandemic and sexy is all the rage. Ask any gay man and they’ll tell you that, in their world, jockstraps are less about sports and more about sex, although they play to the fantasy of the male athlete.

With Valentino showing off flamboyant menswear and Fendi putting cropped jackets and Mary Janes on its menswear runways, it’s clear that menswear has moved in a more fluid direction. The jockstrap, with its ultra-masculine connotations and design, is seemingly the antithesis of this, as it focuses on the male, masculine form on a fluid perspective. It’s not necessarily a contradiction, however, but part of the larger scheme of queer-leaning fashion.

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