While tailor-made feminine lines can shape any look, it’s refreshing to see the recent adaptation of nontraditional silhouettes on Fashionistas/os alike. Girls in work boots and boys in dresses have surpassed the lines of gender to show the world that dressing with confidence is no longer simply a boy’s or girl’s game.
This Fashionista exemplifies what the french call chic fille, or cool girl. This is the type of girl with an effortless hairstyle and a badass motorcycle. She’s the type of girl who wears a men’s fair isle sweater and a pair of men’s Converse with unparalleled confidence. Despite this Fashionista’s oversized attire, her confidence in herself and her fashion shines through, showcasing the important blend of masculine and feminine features.
Genderbent fashions are not a one-way street. With Kanye’s 2012 Givenchy leather skirt, it’s clear that shapes that have been long considered feminine are now not so simple. KTZ followed suit, redefining mens fashion with skirts this year in their 2015 menswear show. They blended a masculine edge with traditionally feminine lines. Unisex clothing that resists conforming to a feminine or masculine binary is also on the rise. 69’s cocoon dress, or the less conspicuous and more daring pieces that make up Richard Nicholl and Linder Sterling’s capsule collection MTWTFSS/HE, allow Fashionistas/os to define their own look without their clothes seeming either feminine or masculine.
This Fashionista knows no bounds in her men’s sweater and trainers. Instead of seeming masculine, her clothing simply seems stylish. All of this skirting the line proves that if you ignore the male or female prescriptions when crafting an outfit, your fashion horizons can double.
What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Feel free to shop the other half of the store!”