Ming dynasty hanfu by 摄影师蝈蝈小姐
Can men wear the bijia?
Hi, thanks for the question!
The hanfu garment Bijia/比甲 (sleeveless jacket) was mostly worn by women, but men did wear a very similar garment (which can arguably be categorized as Bijia) called Zhaojia/罩甲. Zhaojia is a long, sleeveless, vest-like garment that was common during the Ming dynasty. Below – modern recreation & examples from historical Ming dynasty art (Images via: 1, 2):
Here are some more examples of Zhaojia from 子衣明堂:
Zhaojia can have a vent in the back, which was originally for ease of movement during horse-riding:
Hope this helps!