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Q: What is meant by “notorious clothes”, and why is it considered impermissible to wear them?

A: “Notorious clothes” are the clothes that are not habitually worn by individuals according to their social or physical status; like when a male dresses like a female and vice versa. There are certain clothes which could only be worn by women, and other clothes which could only be worn by men. This does not include the trousers which were habitually worn only by men, and that now became an outfit for both sexes. Thus, based on several Hadiths, a man must not dress in a feminine manner, and a woman must not dress in a manly manner.

The wise thing to do is to maintain social balance by preventing confusion on the psychological level.