ANDROGYNOUS FASHION, AND THE MANY AWESOME WAYS TO LOOK LIKE A BOY

ANDROGYNOUS FASHION, WHAT IS IT ?

Androgynous fashion is a style that aims to avoid gender stereotypes. The androgynous dress or style themselves to look like neither a typical boy nor a girl. In the past androgynous fashion has held a huge stigma, with its ties to the feminist and LGBTQA communities. But in modern fashion, androgyny has become far more accessible!

WHO WEARS ANDROGYNOUS FASHION ?

As I mentioned androgynous style has links to the LGBTQA and feminist communities. In fact these groups have been a safe haven for the gender fluid, . Therefore our in current fashion, the androgynous style is starting to be worn by more and more people. Some of these people are  style bloggers, high fashion lovers and designers themselves. However darlings when looking at androgynous fashion it is has always been more accepted by society for a female. While with men I am not talking about transvestites, drag queens and crossdressers.  However I am talking about men dressing in a more feminine style. 

Therefore for our purposes here l will look at the great female gender bending  looks and and how to wear them.

ANDROGYNOUS FASHION;

THE HISTORY OF WOMEN DRESSING LIKE BOYS

Today most people wouldn't bat an eye at a women wearing pants or a bow tie (in the western world). However it wasn't always this way. In fact, prior to the late 19th and early 20th century, social customs were very strict regarding women’s clothing.  Women were expected to wear dresses, underskirts and painfully tight corsets.

In the 1850's, women's rights activist, Amelia Bloomer, started to shake things up. She advocated for women to ditch the tight corsets and heavy petticoats worn under their skirts. Initially inspired from Turkish dress, the wide lose fitting pants worn under a knee length skirt, were aptly named the "Bloomer".  The Bloomer became a symbol of women's rights in the early 1850s. Therefore the was worn by famous feminists, like Susan B Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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WOMEN IN BLOOMERS 1850'S

ANDROGYNOUS FASHION; THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY

 

Hence in the 1920's, there was another big shift in women’s clothing. At this point women started entering the workforce during WWI and gaining the right to vote. Therefore they had to think more practically about their outfits, and demanded less restrictive, more casual attire. In fact women continued to wear skirts, their clothing became more masculine, looser and sporty.

Of course one of the most influential fashion icons of the 20’s was Coco Chanel. In fact she rebelliously dismissed the feminine styling of her day and embraced androgynous fashion. She accelerated the already growing movement towards female empowerment.Therefore all this paved the way for menswear-inspired clothing. At this point she began designing elegant suits, tweed blazers and simple everyday-wear for women. Similarly she was best known for wearing boyish nautical stripes, trousers, and chunky knit sweaters.

Androgynous fashion ANDROGYNOUS FASHION

                                    COCO CHANEL

ANDROGYNOUS FASHION; THE 30'S AND 40'S

The 30’s brought menswear-inspired fashion to the forefront, with actresses such as Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn sporting suits and bow ties in popular movies.

Left image: Marlene Dietrich. Right image: Katherine Hepburn.

 Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn rocked trousers before the 30’s,and throughout the 40's. However it was really only considered socially acceptable for women to wear pants in specific situations.Therefore women wore pants for sports or during the wars when they took over many of the men's jobs. With their husbands away at war, women took on what were male dominated roles such as farm or factory work. However traditional women's attire wasn't appropriate for the more physically demanding work. Therefore women raided their husbands closets and altered them to fit. In 1939, Vogue illustrated a woman in a pair of pants on the cover of it's May issue. The editors wrote, "Our new slacks are irreproachably masculine in their tailoring. Moreover women have made them entirely their own by the colors in which they order them, and their accessories." However the article goes on to depict when, where and how these slacks may be worn. First Iron Rule is that they are well-cut and well-creased to appear properly ‘feminine’.  Furthermore it stresses the necessity to avoid the ‘mannish accessories’.This characterized the ‘early, experimental days’ of  trouser-wearing. So women could be free to wear whatever they wanted as long as they still looked like a Stepford wife.  

ANDROGYNOUS FASHION : THE 50'S 

After the war ended, women returned to their role as housewife and mother. Therefore they went back to dresses and skirts. The 50's were subsequently hyper-feminine. In fact 1950's clothing was made to accentuate a women's hips and bust with tight waisted dresses, and curved jackets. However there were still pockets of women breaking free from the trends. For example, there was a group of women in London called Teddy Girls. These girls rejected the traditional notions of femininity, dressing in jackets, rolled up jeans and flat shoes. 

Image of Teddy Girls sourced from PINTEREST

Although there were instances of women wearing men's clothes throughout the 20th century it was still uncommon. Really it wasn’t until the 60's  that menswear inspired fashion was no longer considered a rebellious political statement. In the 60's women made large strides toward equality. With the passing of Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act,  women gained more rights in the workplace. In 1961 Audrey Hepburn wore black capri's in the movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Hence this inspired a new resurgence of women breaking away from traditional feminine clothing. 

 ANDROGYNOUS FASHION ; THE 70'S

Yves Saint Laurent took menswear-inspired styling to new heights.  His “Smoking” Tuxedo Jacket, was hailed as the alternative to the Little Black Dress. As he said himself, “For women, the tuxedo is an indispensable outfit, which they feel comfortable with, so they can be who they are. This is style, not fashion. Fads come and go, style is forever.” 
Another influence was credited to the 1977 movie “Annie Hall” starring Diane Keaton, where Diane Keaton’s menswear-clad character donned bowler hats, vests, wide ties and button-up shirts.

ANDROGYNOUS FASHION ; THE 1980'S TIL TODAY

In my opinion the 1980's was all about the power suit ! Of course we know these suits,they included a tailored jacket with large shoulder pads and a knee length skirt. A recent article about the evolution of the pant suit, stated, "These big shouldered jackets and pants disguised a women's figure. Thus they took the focus off her gender, creating a feeling of authority as the traditional sex roles continued to blur.". At the same point UK prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, always wore a suit. In fact she stated that she was in a man's world, and she had to look the part.

Images of the 1980's power suit sourced from Pinterest

 
In the last twenty years, “menswear-inspired fashion” has increased in popularity. Showing sculptural shoulders, buttoned vests, plaid patterns, classic fedoras and trench coats. In addition slouchy boyfriend jeans and suit sets. But, until recently it still had a feminine element with cinched waists, addition of ribbons or lace, and pastel colors.In the last five years this trend for menswear-inspired fashion has continued to grow, but there has also been a growing demand for women’s clothing that is masculine without the feminine touches; so no longer just inspired from menswear, instead it is actual menswear designs fitted to the female body. This style has been given many names, but most commonly referred to as androgynous fashion, tomboy style, or menswear-inspired fashion.

 

  ANDROGYNOUS FASHION TODAY

  This is exactly what I aim to show you here  . Since we now drop some strict gender identities girls are much freer to enjoy clothes worn by the boys. In fact there are lines and designers that cater to the androgynous woman. Therefore they drop feminine fitting elements like darts and cinched in waists. In fact they drop all the girly elements  no lace , no frills and no pastels. However my dears you don't have to be a butch girl to wear male inspired looks . Since I am well aware that most of my followers are not masculine women , we will find a common ground. In fact the proliferation of male looks in recent years are shown by the boyfriend jeans, blazers and shirts . So I have chosen some great pieces that I'm sure you'll love without having to be a butch . I also want to make it clear that I hold nothing against butch gals. Since I am a sissy boy I understand the spectrum of gender identity and love all the colors of the rainbow.

ANDROGYNOUS FASHION, AND THE MANY AWESOME WAYS TO LOOK LIKE A BOY

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ANDROGYNOUS FASHION; GIRLS WILL BE BOYS

Darlings I hope you enjoyed this post. Arguably girls have far more options on clothing then men do .However if you look at it men have much more comfort in dressing . Since we live in a world (western world ) where most of us have the choice of what we can wear ,we must remember it came at a cost. In today's world it appears that major powers (the USA), are reversing hard fought human rights.

Therefore as far as gender identity the LGBTQ communities and the women's movement fought for it. The freedom to be who you are and wear what you want is not guaranteed and therefore we need to stay vigilant. 

Shop my post and ready yourself for 2018. Right now enjoy the great sales offered by my variety of affiliates . 

Ciao for now Jandrew

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