Gender Bender : The Androgynous Look

Androgyny is a term that refers to the presence of both feminine and masculine characteristics within the same entity whether it be in reference to an individual, clothing or any other aspect of fashion. Reinventing what's considered male or female has long interested designers and Haute People alike since the invention of the Chanel Suit.

For today’s article I wanted to look into two fashion trends that have caused us over the years to re- evaluate how we see women's and men's clothing and what possibilities exist for blurring the lines between the two.

1 The Chanel Suit

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was the ultimate game changer when it came to revolutionizing women's fashion and putting it on par with that of menswear. Chanel took inspiration from men's suits and began crafting a simple stylish suit for women that was both comfortable and practical and facilitated work and play both inside and outside of the home. The suit became complete with a collarless boxy wool jacket with braid trim, fitted sleeves and metallic embellished buttons with accompanying slimline skirt and is the precursor to the present day women's pants suit/skirt suit.

2. Skinny Jeans

Most people know the modern and trendy uses of a pair of skinny jeans for both men and women but most people don't know that wearing skinny snug fitting jeans was once seen as a trend for mostly male actors in TV Action series in the 1950’s as a way of exuding sex appeal and captivating the audience. Eventually with the rise of punk-fashion and fetishism skinny jeans became a staple as of the early 2000’s in everyone’s wardrobe; man woman and child alike.

In closing , I leave you with this quote from Virginia Woolf

" Different though the sexes are , they intermix. In every human being a vacillation from one sex to the other takes place , and often it is only the clothes that keep the male or female likeness , while underneath the sex is very opposite of what is above"

xoxo, George,

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