Whether you are a man looking to dress more feminine, a woman wanting to dress more masculine, or any person hoping for a more androgynous wardrobe, here are some top tips on how to embrace genderless clothing in your everyday style.
Ignore the sections in a store
Just because stores are set out as ‘men’ and ‘women’s’ clothing, this doesn’t mean that only the specified gender can shop there. Think of it more as a way for the shop assistants to organise the clothing, rather than restricting you to a mere section of the store.
Don’t be afraid to browse every shop as a whole – be it in person or online – taking a look for items that jump out or speak to you.
Embrace the oversized
Typically, as a general rule of thumb, feminine clothing tends to be more fitted, especially around the waist, whereas masculine clothing is more straight cut and loose. Men’s tops usually have a higher neckline, whereas women’s are often low cut.
Getting a genderless look isn’t necessarily about eradicating gendered clothing altogether – it is more about getting the right balance between the masculine and the feminine. Thus, if you are wearing an oversized top, you might wear more fitted trousers or a skirt. Or, if you are wearing baggy trousers, a fitted top might be an attractive option.
Get some high-quality shirts
One item of clothing synonymous with a more masculine style is, of course, the shirt. High-quality shirts for men are a fantastic staple for any wardrobe, no matter what gender you identify as.
The higher quality the shirt, the more professional you will look, the more put together you will feel, and the longer the shirt will last. In the words of Shania Twain, pair your man’s shirt with a short skirt for the perfect blend of masculine and feminine lines.
From oversized watches to chunky gold chains, and statement belts to cuff links, the possibilities are endless! When set against a floating fabric, chunky accessories really bring that oomph and attitude to any outfit.
Stick to neutral colours
Try to opt for neutral tones, such as white, cream, brown, beige, black, grey, and so on. This will allow you to effortlessly mix and match, building up many genderless outfits out of a few simple pieces. You can add a pop of colour to the outfit with your shoes, a hat, or jewellery.
Layering is a simple but effective way to achieve a more genderless everyday style. Pair a simple t-shirt with an oversized blazer for a chic, smart-casual look. Or, grab an oversized soft flannel shirt for an extra element to a weekend outfit.
Why not go all out on special occasions with an oversized three piece suit? Layer a waistcoat and blazer over one of your shirts, and add a burst of colour with a jazzy, feminine patterned tie to really balance out the masculine formality.
As you can see, embracing genderless clothing is all about balancing the masculine and feminine vibes. With these tips in mind, you will be able to build and grow your androgynous wardrobe in no time.