FEMINISATION OF MENS FASHION: INTRO
Below are a series of commissioned articles I wrote for The Threaded Man in 2014
I can see lots of errors in my writing from that time, as there will be in my current writing. Errors in thought and in grammar. I'd ask for some leeway when reading.
The main problem is one of thought, I recognise now that what I was thinking of in 2014 was in fact the degenderisation (word?) of fashion.
I am sure its people like Jared Leto, who’s “prettiness” has affected so many mens psyches, this seems to have come as a protest at the extremely masculine trends which have proliferated over the last number of hipster years. Beards, Tartan, Canadian Tuxedos etc.
I consider my dress sense, as masculine and I love to combine these feminine elements with that style. The level of confidence needed to pull it off actually enhances your masculinity.
From time to time you might get someone who finds it difficult to accept the style choices you make, sometimes its someone who is mean, other times it’s a person who just doesn’t understand and asks the question purely out of fascination, and others make sense and you might want to consider listening to their concerns. At the end of the day I like to have faith in my choice of dress and really, who are you dressing for, yourself or others?
I always choose myself.
Over the next few days I will be showing you a number of trends with which you can start testing your bravery. It always takes one small step into a trend, which helps you to delve into it further.
My first suggestion I consider the easiest to start playing with, as you can tone it down a little and not stress too much about feeling draggy.
As a note, I think that androgyny is extremely attractive and that we are talking about this as a “thing” is a little annoying and perhaps a touch sexist. Women have been pulling off mens styles for so long (not without initial antagonism it must be said)
Its bordering on ridiculous watching people get flustered around things that are so unimportant. Flouncy blouses, the colour pink, skirts etc are all a part of male fashion history. In some cases in the past only the wealthiest could afford to dress this way.
There are so many international designers who are flying with fabrics, cuts and silhouettes.
Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, Kay Kwok, Alexander Wang, Astrid Andersen
Locally Kim Gush, Rich Mnisi, Siviwe James all offer feminine aspects to their menswear
So lets unapologetically bring back androgyny to mens fashion
TOMORROW in the Feminisation of Mens Fashion Series : HAIR