Cover Here are the best gender-defying moments from BTS (Photo: Courtesy of Big Hit Music)

From wearing corsets to bold accessories, here are some of the moments when BTS defied gender norms and experimented with fashion

BTS is known for many things—the biggest group today, chart-topping hits, inspirational songs, making history and of course their irresistible fashion sense. Since their meteoric rise, the group has broken barriers as an Asian act and also shattered traditional gender norms, challenging the notions of masculinity.

In celebration of their eight-year anniversary, we look back at eight moments when BTS showed they weren't afraid to experiment with fashion—giving us all the more reasons to admire (and stan) them and cementing their status as fashion icons.

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There is this culture where masculinity is defined by certain emotions, characteristics. I’m not fond of these expressions
Suga for Esquire
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Jimin and Jungkook in a corset

In the photoshoot for their Map of the Soul: 7 album, we see both Jimin and Jungkook sporting a corset and in the Black Swan music video. While corsets are worn for both men and women, it's been an integral part of women's wardrobes to shape the torso into a certain figure or to support the breasts.

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The group sporting fishnets, skirts, chokers

In their Singles photoshoot, BTS members were decked in clothing mostly worn by women including fishnets, skirts and chokers. Fishnet is generally considered a sexy item, a type of undergarment usually worn by women.

In the photoshoot, we see J-hope wearing it as stockings and in his arms while sporting a skirt, and Jimin opted to wear it as stockings with a choker. RM, on the other hand, wears a corset and choker.

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When they wear clothing marketed for women

Members of the group have been wearing pieces of clothes marketed for women, usually part of a womenswear collection, showing that they're not confined to just wearing what's labelled as "for men". Jimin has been spotted wearing pieces from Chanel's womenswear collection many times including the iconic Chanel tweed jacket.

Other members such as J-hope also wore the Chanel tweed jacket while V wore womenswear pieces from Jacquemus. Suga wore a Gucci women's sneakers and has been spotted wearing an Sk8-Hi model sneaker that supports the LGBTQ community when visiting the BTS Map of the Soul pop-up store in Seoul.

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Their dramatic accessories

Besides their gender-defying outfits, BTS is also known for their colourful and dramatic accessories. J-hope received a lot of love when he did a live video making beaded bracelets for his fellow members. A similar-looking bracelet appears in his Chicken Noodle Soup music video for his mixtape, Hope World. Don't expect to see J-hope wearing earrings though, unless they're ear cuffs, as the BTS member doesn't have any piercings—yet.

The 1995 line, Jimin and V are also known for their love of accessories and in fact, in one episode of their reality show Run BTS, where the members had to count which one has the most number of accessories, V was the winner (or the loser as the game required the least number of accessories). We love seeing Jimin wearing elaborate earrings and V's flower earrings.

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The labels of what being masculine is, is an outdated concept. We live in an age where we shouldn't have those labels or have those restrictions
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J-hope's "dotori" bags

Dotori also known as acorn bag is what Koreans have been calling these mini-sized bags. J-hope has been wearing these since 2016 from their travels to their concerts.

Perhaps the most famous acorn bag is his flower bag from BTS' trip to Malta for their travel reality show, Bon Voyage. RM bought the bag for J-hope as he needed a place to keep their travel budget and specifically chose the design, noting that J-hope would love it—and he does! He even bought it for their next travel and let Suga use it.

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Suga in puff sleeves, Jin and Vmin in skirts for "Butter"

BTS released concept photos before the release for the music video of their latest smash hit, Butter. There, Suga wore a puff-sleeved top from the H&M x Simone Rocha collection. Puff sleeves have been gaining popularity again thanks to the success of historical and period dramas such as Bridgerton.

Meanwhile, Jin wore a skirt in translucent long-sleeve blouse with an elaborate collar which complimented his dark denim jeans well. The two hyungs (older brother) in a similar pose, hair and clothing? We're here for it.

Vmin (Jin and V) both sported a skirt in the concept photos for the CD version of Butter. Jimin wore a Celine pleated skirt with matching Celine fur boots and if that's not enough, he's also wearing a T-shirt that they turned into a crop top, with that slick new red hair to boot. On the other hand, V wore a Norbury denim skirt.

Jin also seems to be wearing a dark denim skirt for the CD version's concept photos as well as a white blouse from Celine Women's winter 2021 collection.

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Decked in pink

BTS aren't afraid to wear pink, a colour stereotypically associated with girls, women and for being feminine. In fact, their Map of the Soul: Persona album is available in four different shades of pink. The members also wore pink outfits for the music video of Boy in Luv.

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The "Forever Young" photoshoot

After years decked in black, hip-hop and even punk aesthetics for their school trilogy, BTS shifted their musical style in the Most Beautiful Moment in Life era/Youth trilogy and focused on the themes of youth and growing up. Ditching the dark colours, BTS also changed their hairstyles to a bolder palette and their photoshoot and music videos splashed with colour to reflect the vibrancy of youth.

In the Young Forever photoshoot, the group went for a "softer" image of youth, looking androgynous as they sport fairytale-like clothing, looks and aesthetics—V with his vibrant orange-red hair, Suga with his freckles, blond Jin and so on. It's definitely a far cry from the more "masculine" image that their school trilogy emitted, showcasing the range of not only their musical creative prowess but also in their fashion style.

They also showed that they're not afraid to wear "softer" make-up, something that RM and Suga were previously criticised for as rappers.

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BTS is celebrating their 8th anniversary on June 13 and will host an upcoming live-stream anniversary concert. To know more, visit: weverse.com/muster2021.