Androgynous dresses - redefining fashion!
Androgyny is defined as the balancing of masculine and feminine traits, in any way. When it comes to androgynous fashion, it simply implies the elimination or at least, minimization of some of the feminine aspects of a woman's personality and appearance. Given the current fashion trends, you would earn some brownie points if you seek to do so, for androgyny is the latest style boom and looks like it is here to stay!
If you seek to get an androgynous look, then simply mix the male and female look this season and voila, you’re become the embodiment of intrigue! Fashion has continually been evolving and thus, we do not have very strictly defined gender-based territories. The lines have been blurred, and hence we have more ambiguous and relaxed stance on fashion. That explains why a woman wearing a pantsuit, in today’s times, will not be frowned upon but rather lauded for her fashion sense. While the wave began in the 90’s, it was mainly since 2011 and 2012 that brought the effortless, tomboyish street to vogue, and it began to be seen in both runways and streets. Be it oversized blazers paired with full skirts, or the use of boyish accessories, the trend was aimed at gender neutrality. A two-piece suit in dark shades suits both night outs and formal occasions. The first and foremost thing is to have an eye for black – for it is not only a confidence booster but also very gorgeous. Amidst a bevy of feminine beauties in sweeping dresses and skin-hugging bodycons, your black tailored blazer and classic boot cut trousers will generate an upsurge of curious look to make you feel like one of its kind dresser!
Grungy plaid shirts coupled with tailored shorts are one of the innumerable options that allow you to master this hugely fascinating style statement. The trick is to sport masculine looks in a feminized fashion that results in a cool, sporty personality for you. Stick to colours like black, blue, brown, grey or red. Camouflage and checks are allowable but nothing too bright or flashy, even soft, pastel shades are a strict no-no in the androgynous zone. Accessorize with heavy-duty stuff that includes minimal jewellery, leather tote bags that are utilitarian and hefty metal watches that complement your fuss-free look. Basically, anything that is a little oversized and weighty looking pieces will enhance the quirky aesthetics of this look. Ties, bows, fedoras and bowler hats which predominantly belong to menswear realm, also ups the glamour quotient of this kind of fashion! The hair and make-up should also be done in way that adds that extra androgynous edge.
A buttoned up oxford shirt or a classic denim shirt with a pair of skinny jeans is not only casual chic but also lends a grungy feel. Super-slouchy yet sensuous, boyfriend jeans actually let you steal all the thunder from the ambience around. Straight leg pants or any kind of pants with a masculine cut worn above the ankles slim down your legs or even a pair of khaki pants will lend you a striking personality. Do not forget your boots/converse sneakers, or, in case you want to be a little more experimental, have an eye for a pair of oxford brogues or loafers. You can also opt for simple, plain heels if you are comfortable in them. Amongst celebrities who have a penchant for this style, Emma Watson, Vanessa Hudgens, Lady Gaga, and closer home, Sonam Kapoor are only a few names. Many designer labels and stylists have also begun to dedicate their collections to androgynous dresses, including J.W. Anderson, Junya Watanabe, Antonio Berardi and Todd Lynn. Don’t be apprehensive of trying this out- at home or elsewhere! With oodles of self-confidence and some practice, you’ll work the look and fall in love with it in no time!