FEMINISATION OF MENS FASHION - SHEER SHIRTS
What I want back, and I’m seeing it more, is the sheer black shirt. I first spotted this in the early 90’s (yes, again with the 90’s) when Yves Saint Laurent had a see through black men’s shirt. I was blown away - it was beautiful, strong and utterly lacking in gender identity. I didn’t look at that image and think that they had put a woman’s shirt on a guy for artistic purposes: it was clear that this was a men’s shirt. I have searched for aaages to find that image, no luck sadly.
There are no places that I have found that provide this difficult and specialized item. Retailers are not going to be having men beating the door down to wear this at the offices of Shell. But we don’t all work at a petroleum company and many of us can wear what we like.
I have bought a sheer black shirt from, of all places, the Killarney Pick ‘n Pay clothing outlet. It has those silly little buttons, which I have snipped off, on the upper sleeve to tuck your rolled up sleeves in. (I have been rolling my sleeves since I was a kid, I don’t need a button to help me, whilst ruining the aesthetic of my shirt - rant over). The cut of the shirt is not perfect, but the fabric is wonderful. I can see my tattoos through the shirt and it doesn’t scream “see through” at anyone. It’s subtle and if paired well just slips through the visuals of the person appreciating your style.
I don’t love the idea of any colour other than black with this shirt, but then I am partial to black. I am sure there are some guys out there pulling off colours and prints with ease.
There are of course cons to this style. There is no way you can wear this if you shouldn’t be strutting around without a tshirt on.
Hair, well, that’s your business. If you love showing off your hairy chest, then go for it. Just remember, be aware of what people are seeing; it’s not just a shirt anymore.
ere are a few more images that I really like. From a collection of, what appears to be, Gucci shirts. Amazing.
Here are some more images... and links to the rest of the series