Next Semester: Queer Expression in 1990’s American Dandyism
Also, go Marriage Equality! I don’t own red. #Queerissues?
Also, go Marriage Equality! I don’t own red. #Queerissues?
Anonymous asked: Is there a specific reason why you wear menswear yet women's glasses?
My glasses (which I actually just replaced, yay!) I bought like 4 years ago when I presented a lot differently. They are a tad bit too feminine for my taste now, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t ever wear women’s glasses.
I actually wouldn’t consider my wardrobe menswear; I aim for a presentation that is androgynous with a splash of Your Gay Best Friend. Usually a combo of carefully picked clothes from several departments gets the job done. Most of my pants are women’s; my shirts boys.
But if you are more masculine presenting, I wouldn’t ward off trying any glasses advertised as women’s. Some of them can be quite boyish!
I saw Theresa refer to these frames on her blog as “grandfather glasses.” I’m noticing that trend among youngins to queer up the grandfather/Mr. Rogers look. With the flat cap, blazer, cardigan, and brown color scheme, she is sooo dashing. These particular frames are a new release at Ray-ban called Avana frames. Another great place to find vintage-style frames is MOSCOT (Thanks Katherine!) So many amazing designs that send my queer heart pumping.
Theresa’s blog: ersatz-asymptote.tumblr.com
glitterbitchxx asked: I’m gender-fluid and work a retail job where I have to look reasonably heteronormative and conservative for customers, with some leeway for fashion. I feel really uncomfortable wearing very feminine clothes when I feel masculine, but I don’t want to get questions about looking “butch.” How would I go about dressing fashionably with a nod to my queerness without stepping outside heteronormativity?
You might have already looked into this, but if you are in the US, some states have non-discrimination laws for gender identity and expression. Here is a list of those states, and if anyone has a better resource to recommend, please let us know!
So, with the understanding that IT IS WRONG AND TERRIBLE for your employer to question you on looking too “butch” or force you to wear feminine clothes, I have some ideas for you:
Diesel Limited Edition Canada Flag Boxers available at Ssense for $30
1. Boxers. On your more masculine days, you could wear boxers or some undergarment that makes you feel grounded.
2: Browse the women’s section. Evaluate what are the most feminine clothes you feel comfortable wearing on your most masculine days. For example, if I were in a situation where I needed to look feminine, I would wear hip hugging pants to enhance a feminine sillouette and then hope that I could get away with a men’s shirt. Walk around the women’s section in a store sometime when you are feeling more masculine, and think about what you could stand to wear. If you can manage to wear clothes from the women’s department on those days, you’ll have made huge strides towards heteronormativity! And, as previously discussed, some of these clothes from the women’s section can be quite andro. (Check out this and this)
3: Make up. You could also try putting on make up in a pretty-boy way and see if it would balance out the “butch” clothing. This is not something everyone would feel comfortable doing, but it’s something to consider. I don’t think that make up is inherently feminine. Otherwise those pretty male birds are all genderqueer.
4: Bright colors. Bright colors and their association with femininity are another social construct with no real grounding. If you wear all men’s clothing, but have a bright purple chinos, people will probably read you as more feminine.
(source: deargolden.blogspot.com) <— p.s omgomg this is such a cool blog and I just discovered it!!
5: Hipster glasses. Seriously, I know your job wants a conservative look, but hipster glasses are so in right now that I think you could get away with them. They have such a bold statement that they would probably detract attention from the fact that you look like a total homo… and also hipsters break past the gender binary all the time, and people don’t question it because they’re hipsters.
Obey Meadowlark Short-Sleeved Floral Shirt, on sale at karmaloop for $55.95
6. Floral patterns. Flowers are another one of those things that we’ve assigned as feminine for no reason. Find a men’s shirt with a floral pattern on it and you can play their game without compromising your gender presentation. HAHAHA.
I hope you found these ideas helpful, and please leave more thoughts in the comments!
Sometimes I wonder if the cute queers are ever going to run out, and then I remember… THERE IS AN ENDLESS SUPPLY. Today Kerri shows us her outfit of basics.
Follow Kerri! cantseethebig-e.tumblr.com
The Fourth of July is coming up, meaning it’s time to celebrate the values America may or may not be built on. But I mean, if we’re going to create change, we may as well do it in style. People will be way more likely to listen to you when you’re wearing your new pair of sexy red glasses.
Super Clear Frame Lenses in Red, Available At Revolve Clothing for $138
Selected Oxford Shirt, available at ASOS for $58.00
Royal Blue Leather Sebago Docksides, on sale at My Wardrobe for $90.75
Deep Blue Wonder Dress, available at Modcloth for $107.99
Tennis Skirt, available in in Red, White, and Blue at American Apparel, for $54
All the queers have been writing in to tell us about how well Levi’s mens skinny pants fit. 511™ Skinny Commuter Pants, on sale at Levi for $53.90
Converse All Star Slim Plimsolls, available at ASOS for $66.28
Blue Slim Chino Belt, available at Topman for $24 (Also comes in red)
I’m not even sure how to categorize this outfit. Awesome?
Violette is the owner of a crafty, affordable, queer style blog called Goldstarstyle.tumblr.com. She speaks of this outfit: ”I used to have a larger collection of vintage short sleeved button ups, but it has since dwindled to this item, which I can’t get rid of because IT HAS KITTENS ON IT. It’s very boxy so I find it hard to figure out what to wear it with. But I recently wore it to a flea market with my overall shorts, and that seemed to do the trick :]”
Follow Violette: Goldstarstyle.tumblr.com
I don’t know how this keeps happening. But I keep finding the most cutest queers with their puppies. And black framed glasses… must be an epidemic.
Follow Jordan: http://translucent-tucker.tumblr.com/
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One of my old Oberlin Colleagues came up on my Facebook dashboard the other day, reminding me just how many well-dressed dykes there are in the world. Sasha’s rocking the hipster glasses and femme dyky look. Her T-shirt has a pretty feminine fit as well as her hair cut and dangly earrings. But the suspenders and personality in her T-shirt just scream queer. And I’m not even going to say anything about plaid, because we made that shit happen. Her outfits kinda remind me of Lindsie’s because of the whole femme with lesbian flair thing.
Oh and hey guess who has the same puffy vest in white?
Photo credit www.lindsayladd.com
Hey who’s THIS cutie whose Tumblr name references my favorite prehistoric reptile? Silas’s (andro-saurus.tumblr.com) outfits feature UK flag hats, big blue rimmed glasses, and “I love boobies” bracelets.
Like if you love boobies