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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Andro-Genius

In this new age of fashion, we are seeing many fashion designers disregarding the trivial idea of gender norms within their clothing designs.  Unisex clothing is climbing its way up the steep ladder of fashion excellence.  Fashionista/os all around the world are going against the grain and ignoring society’s gender normative labels that have always told us who should wear what.

This androgynous trend was first introduced to us in the ’60s when Yves Saint Laurent designed the revolutionary Le Smoking Suit; a women’s tuxedo.  Shortly after, some music icons, such as David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, began to exude sexual ambiguity; Jimi Hendrix with his heels and David Bowie with his alter-ego of Ziggy Stardust.  In the present day, we have a multitude of designers showcasing unisex clothing in their lines. Zara, a popular fast-fashion retailer, has even dedicated a section of their website that they are calling “UNGENDERED” clothing. Androgyny is finally becoming all the rage in the fashion industry, and in my opinion, it has been a long time coming.

Fashion is all about individual taste and self-exploration and no one pulls fashion off better than this Fashionisto. He embodies chic in his felted hat from Swank (a local Columbia, Missouri retail shop) and serves us androgynous realness in his black jersey dress from H&M. This black dress paired with denim shorts makes for the perfect balance of both masculinity and femininity (because why should we be limited to only one?). Finally, he stays cool in the summer heat by sporting these flavorful nude sandals from Zara.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Don’t limit yourself to wearing things the way they were intended to be worn.”