STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Genderless Generation

For the past few runway seasons, the catwalk has showcased a wide array of androgynous looks in both menswear and womenswear. Most recently, Jaden Smith was chosen as the new face of Louis Vuitton for their women’s wear spring/summer 2016 collection. Yes, you read that right—women’s wear. It is 2016; gender neutrality is accepted now more than ever and I would not want it any other way. Because of the influx in media attention towards societal questions of “the norm,” Fashionistas and Fashionistos are more likely to incorporate gender neutral looks into their wardrobe, or even embrace gender-bending ensembles.

This Fashionista caught my attention when I saw her outfit had a hint of androgyny, making it an effortlessly cool look. Donning a men’s buffalo check button-down (the one linked is even on sale right now) with a boxy leather jacket on top adds a bit of boyish charm to the outfit. The buffalo check pattern breaks up the all black ensemble while the look still remains minimalistic. Although it may seem to be a minor style detail, having the shirt buttoned all the way to the collar is crucial in providing a hint of male influence for an androgynous look. Pairing her outfit with a black Chelsea boot makes a head to toe look fashion forward for either sex.

Not only is genderless fashion in for years to come, it is accepting of all. This Fashionista perfectly exemplifies how androgynous garments can be incorporated for a chic look. If shopping in the opposite gender’s department is still out of your comfort zone, try looking for stylistic details that incorporate androgyny. Fashion is a form of expression. At the end of the day, regardless of how you identify, you should be proud of who you are and exemplify that through your wardrobe.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “A lot of people where I’m from don’t play enough with their fashion. I say never be afraid to take risks with your style, even if it is completely out of the norm. Risks make for the best outfits!”

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