These Amazing Androgynous Looks From Fashion Bloggers Laugh at The Notion of the Gender Binary
When I hear the word "androgynous" I often think of women in "menswear." It's the acceptable, high-fashion way of playing with gender. Men dressing in clothes that we'd typically earmark for women, however, would be gross — who wants to be feminine? We're socialized to believe that feminine equals weak and superfluous. But masculinity is desirable, so it's fine for women and traditionally-feminine people to dress like enviable dudes.
As Bustle writer Justin Robert Thomas Smith wrote yesterday in his incredible piece about being a cis-man and wearing women's clothing, "The same system that keeps cis-women and trans-men struggling against double standards is the one that keeps us locked up all the same within the constructs of its gender duality, the one that leaves gender-queer people out of the loop completely."The reality is that there are so many other ways of playing with our notions of what gender is. There are so many possible representations. So many embodiments of the definition of androgyny: definitions that are neither specifically feminine nor masculine. These androgynous looks from fashion bloggers are some favorites of mine.