Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) has uttered curses for those who try to resemble women, and for those women who try to resemble men.
The pattern of moulding of men and women is not similar as there lies a natural, palpable difference between the two. Similarly, the psychology of both the sexes is also different. Man represents strength and protectiveness while woman weakness and domesticity. This difference in the nature and psychology of the two sexes demands that their dresses, their appearances and their behaviour should also be different from one another.
Opposed to this, attempts made by men to look like women and vice versa amount to fighting against nature and for this reason they attract the wrath of Allah.
The Western civilization which encourages the blind following of fashion has created such a tendency in women to resemble men and in men to resemble women that nowadays we can see in public men looking like semi-women and women looking like semi-men; sometimes it becomes difficult to ascertain whether a certain person passing by is a man or woman.
In their attempts to look like women, men first shave their beard, which is acknowledged as manly dignity, and then they begin to imitate women in their clothes and even in ornamentation. They have also started braiding their hair. In the same way, women have also begun to don men’s dresses in their effort to look like the stronger sex; they even get their hair trimmed like those of men. The prominent example of the men and women resembling one another is that of “civilized lunatics” who are known as hippies.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) has cursed such men and women.