The androgynous style radiates a classic and mysterious charm. I love it because it makes me feel like ”oh what if I am woman..I can wear men’s clothes and looks hot and sexy”
So for this look, I choose the sexy black blazer and my skinny pants. You can also combine it with cropped white top, sexy high heels and jewelry. Accessories are what you ” play ” to convert your androgynous look.
When and where androgyny started is not the point – for what we know it’s always existed. Men who look like women and women who look like men, asexual types that are just themselves in all the ambiguity that resides on the margins of one and the other, before too many labels and too many paradigms of styles and fashion. Unique in their own ways, the androgynous types play with gender roles and social expectations, challenging the conventions that dictate what is beautiful or what is cool. Well, for a fact, we can say that androgyny is certainly cool, but more than that androgyny is powerful. It’s a powerful stance, a meaningful, playful attitude towards style; an attitude that adores alternative clothing and flipping expectations upside down and says: ‘Man or woman, I don’t care, and this is me. Thank you very much.’
Let’s have a quick look, in case you weren’t quite convinced yet:
It’s the early 20th century Katherine Hepburn sets Hollywood on fire (metaphorically), the pioneer of androgynous style.
And imagine the scandal and agitation amongst fashion savvy women back then! It’s mind boggling to think trousers were once considered the most daring of all alternative clothing styles a lady could choose. Bonkers, eh?
WWII meant working women and women in uniforms. Making androgynous styles all the more popular, mostly because of practical reasons, but also initiating an endearing style of fashion that is carried out with more force, to this day.
Cinema is once again to be considered responsible for one more defining element of androgyny and that is to do with men becoming more aware of their feminine side. And who more than the eternally beautiful James Dean could represents the mix of manly and yet styled fashion?
Through The Decades
And as we enter the 60s era, we’re spoilt for choice, though who doesn’t think of Twiggy or Edie Sedgwick within seconds or associating androgyny with the era? But that’s not just that, body figure aside, men too went a little further with style experimentations thanks to the popularisation of hippie culture and beliefs.
They let their hair grow longer and played with patterns and all shades of colour.
The 70s!! And the 80s!!! Where to start? Well, first of all, it’s of vital importance that we kneel in front of the fact that finally, it’s around this time that clothes become all the more unisex.We shouldn’t forget to mention, however, the empowering role that clothes played throughout these two decades, especially for career driven women, who started to wear shoulder pads, geometrical jackets with much more masculine designs and trousers symbolising a shift in the way women perceived themselves and wanted to be seen.
Fashion has no rules.You can wear anything if you feel comfortable with it.