If you’ve ever worn jeans, a blazer, or a button down then you’ve worn menswear. Most of what we wear on a daily basis originated as menswear. Social movements throughout the past two centuries made these styles acceptable for women to wear.
Androgynous style means incorporating partly masculine and partly feminine aspects into your outfit. I’ve always loved wearing men’s styles. From mixing blazers and shorts to wearing my husband’s Northface over boyfriend jeans like it’s couture, I love how it makes me feel. Maybe it’s because I have broad shoulders, or because I don’t have a lot of curves. But loose-fitting, androgynous style works for me. And I’m fortunate to have grow up in a time when I didn’t have to think twice about it.
And fortunately for all of us, wearing pants, suits and other traditional “menswear” doesn’t have to mean sacrificing chic-ness. There are so many options available to choose from, androgynous style is more a sliding scale than a strict dress code.
Here’s some androgynous style inspo. But feel free to make it more gender-neutral, masculine or feminine as you see fit.
One of the first things I noticed when I put on this men’s tank top was that it’s cut differently than women’s tank tops. The shoulder cuts more inward, emphasizing broad shoulders, while women’s tank tops cut straight or outward. The shirt itself is straight-cut, rather than women’s section curvier silhouettes.
This look is slightly more feminine because I’ve left my hair loose, my nails are painted and my belt highlights my waist. You can play around with different accessories (think sandals with thicker straps or more plain jewelry) to make the look more neutral or more masculine.
Menswear doesn’t have as much blatant variety as women’s clothing, mostly because you don’t find dresses or skirts in the men’s sections. Their clothing is varied, just in more nuanced ways. Pay attention to the width and length of a tie, the cut and fit of jeans, and the length of shorts. Layering is always a great way to add more individual style.
Gladiator sandals are the epitome of androgyny because in ancient Roman and Greek mythological art, the gods and goddesses alike wore them (or versions of them). Likewise in those societies, men and women wore gladiators as a status symbol (nowadays known as a fashion statement).
If you’d like to see more androgynous or unisex style inspo, leave a comment below!
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