Queers! Two things. Well, three.
1. Blake wrote an article for Autostraddle about the history of dandy fashion, and reclaiming it as a Black queer (or perhaps it doesn’t have to be reclaimed?) Check it out!
2. Remember the amazing shirts and trucker hats I got at the Jack Tar happy hour? They are now available for purchase online! Those shirts are seriously some of my favorites. I wear them all the time. The trucker hat pictured above is also a fabulous way Sonny-approved way to bring up the queerbro in you.
I’m off to NYC for the next 24 hours to shoot a spring fashion video showing off pieces from Three Leaves Menswear, with videographer Ricardo Nelson, Topher Gross (contributor at ORIGINAL PLUMBING magazine), Sebastian Joshua Flowers (contributor at bklyn boihood), Rae/The Handsome Butch (our tailoring consultant and contributor at dapperQ), and Katrina Casiño (contributor Autostraddle). All made possible by the amazing Anita Dolce Vita of dapperQ.
Three Leaves Menswear Looks for early spring ‘13 (from wethreeleaves.com/blogs/news)
I’m on the Greyhound as we speak. So excited!!
Anonymous asked: I love my boobs, and they’re only a 36B, but I feel like in menswear they look HUGE! I’ve never had that problem before! I was thinking of switching to sports bras, but they tend not to be cute, and I like my bras to at least be pink or something (no frills, just pink haha). Maybe I’ll just get white sports bras and color on them?
I agree that cute sports bras are a good way to go if you want to not feel like you’re popping out of your menswear. A while ago we got some answers from readers about where they find cute sportsbras. Here’s what they said:
Ribbed Metallic Sports Bra, available at Forever 21 for $10.80
“forever 21 makes a wondefully comfy yet sporty yet dykey yet chill bra for $3.80 that comes in many many colors. i hate that store, but love that bra!” - Queerlady
C9 by Champion® Womens Racer Back Cotton Bra, available at Target for $9.08
“Um: Target. Has uber-neon and occasionally oddly-pattered sports bras that are also (relatively cheap).” - Becky
“seriously.. the sports bras from target are really affordable.. and i’ve got one on now.. neon green makes me happy. ;)” - Candace
Champion Women’s Shape T-Back Sports Bra, available at Champion for $31.99
“The “Champion Women’s Shape T-Back Sports Bra” is good and comes in some nice colors - different shades of blue, purple, yellow, green, grey, pink, black and white. ” - Lezsquire
Medium Impact Wicking Seamless Bra, available at Jockey for $19.99
“Jockey has some reasonably priced and simple sports bras in like 20 colors.” - Masha
Aerie Fit Cross-Back Bra, available at Aerie for $29.95
”Aerie has lots and lots of plainly shaped basic bras in really fun colors - heathered tomboy shades, some funky oranges and other bright Spring colors, etc.” - Fit for a Femme
Nike Elastica Sports Bra, available at Nike for $35. Recommended by Candace
Free To Be Bra, available at LuLu Lemon for $42. Recommended by Vas-y-mollo
Autostraddle also did a sports bra roundup a while back, and some of their choices have fun colors: Bra-Buying Tips for Masculine Ladies
More posts about undergarments for your chest: Flattening Sports Bras, Binding Qweary. Next we need a femmey femster bra roundup! Any takers? Drop me a line at email@example.com.
Quotes from the comments in this non-feminine bra qweary.
Anonymous asked: Hi! I'd just like to say that I love your blog :D I'm really into androgyny fashion, but I'm a bit curvier so it's really hard for me to find clothes to fit the look I'm looking for. I was wondering if you knew any sites that would cater to bigger girls. Also, I have a difficult time putting outfits together :/ any advice?
Thanks Anon! I have a difficult time putting outfits together too. You should have seen me Rosh Hashana morning. What works for me is to think strategically when I’m buying clothes about how many things they will go with. And when I’m having trouble putting an outfit together, I think about what’s missing. I really need some plaid shirts, man.
Blogs/websites that might have some things you are looking for: Autostraddle, Boi Meets Play, Buzz Cuts and Bustiers, Dapper Q, Diffuse 5, Queer B.O.I.S, Sartorial Butch, The Bois Department (Put more in the comments!)
We do have a fabulous plus sized fashion consultant named Blake, who specializes in andro-wear. So if you have any specific questions, ask away! Also check out the plus sizes tag, and the tailoring tag.
Anonymous asked: Do you have any bra/sports bra recommendations? I find that sports bras that fit my (rather large) torso are not as tight as I’d like in the boob area, and normal bras, even t-shirt bras irritate me because they’re like “here, world, let me present this stuff to you!” Do you know of any bras that just hold things in place inconspicuously?
Under Armour Endure Sports Bra: Darla writes,”I am a lesbian with a HUGE bust and a very petite build, I have always had trouble hiding my bust to achieve a slightly more ‘butch’ look. I have found these sports bras made by under armor that work quite well. My real bra size is a 30DD (odd right?) but I buy the small C’s and they work quite well.I know a little on the pricey side but its a good investment and a good way to bind without injury.
Title Nine: I’ve heard several good reviews about Title Nine, but they discontinued the frog bra, which a lot of trans men loved. Autostraddle recommends their Booby Trap Sports Bra. Has anyone tried anything else from there?
I wear City Sports Under Armour Active Bras, but they don’t flatten me as much as I’d like.
Autostraddle has a huge list, but as it’s for everyone and not just boob-hiders, not all their notes mention the compression involved. They also recommend that you measure your boobs, but that’s the last thing I’d recommend for people with chest dysphoria. No need to put yourself through that sort of trauma; trying on sports bras will do just fine to figure out your size. Here’s what I found helpful (also prolled through the comments):
Champion Powersleek Sports Bra: Has a clasp so you can get a smaller size without having to pull it over your head.
Fila Sport Seamless Performance Sports Bra: Is seamless and will provide a smooth look under your shirt.
Freya: Lots of people say the love it, but none mention compression. Has anyone tried them?
Try getting a size too small.
Some people have recommended wearing two, others say that it’s not the best idea. Li commented on Autodtraddle’s post: “Two sports bras is not effective for reducing bounce and side-to-side motion (which a good sports bra will do), and it also makes it more difficult to breathe because your chest is constricted.”
Let’s crack the code on the best sports bras to flatten! Please comment!