Saw Skinneh (Fit For a Femme) last night! Just another relaxing getaway from the craziness of being a barista.
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Saw Skinneh (Fit For a Femme) last night! Just another relaxing getaway from the craziness of being a barista.
Courtney says: If you love moccasins you could get some sweet tasseled loafers for your fancy-occasion needs. Sperry (more casual) and Frye (more formal) both have great loafer options in men’s and women’s styles. There’s also always a standard penny loafer if you want something more simple. You can find classic penny loafers at GH Bass, and they have great tasseled loafers there too!
Anonymous asked: Hey y’all! Firstly, thanks so much for the work you do! I love your blog and I’m hoping to get some advice. I’m a college age transmasculine-ish human being and I have my first real job this summer! I’m looking to put together some staple professional type wardrobe pieces, preferably suited for hot weather and a 5’1” body. I don’t know where to start! Any tips?
Courtney says: Congrats on the real job! Depending on the dress code of the job, you could be needing professional things from the spectrum of chinos and polo shirts up to a full power suit. I think it’s always better to err on the side of more professional rather than more casual, especially when you’re just starting out in a new job and want to do well. Depending on whether or not you’ll be in air-conditioning mostly or going in and out often, try to find good quality clothes in summer fabrics that will breathe, like cotton, seersucker, linen, and even madras if you can dress it up.
I recommend some good staple chinos for sure, probably two pairs. You could swap one of those for some linen or cotton trousers if you want to amp up the dressiness. Find some that fit you very well— if your clothes fit you, you’ll look more put together. I’ve had good luck with J. Crew and American Eagle, and though I haven’t tried Dockers, I have heard good things. All accommodate for smaller folks.
Shirts can range from polos to button down collars to standard suit-quality button ups. These can be dressed up or down depending on how formal you want to be, or with what you’re pairing it. I recently wore a button up J. Crew shirt to a summer wedding, and with an H&M cotton suit and a silk tie and pocket square, I was definitely formal enough. J. Crew boys’ shirts and sweaters are some of the best fitting tops I’ve ever found off the rack, and the quality is so good they will last a long time. As a 5’ 2” 120 lb individual, I order size 14 in boys’.
Boys’ Secret Wash Shirt in Garment-Dyed, at J.Crew for $39.50
I myself don’t really wear polos, as I wore them for years as part of my Catholic grade school uniform, but I’ve heard really good things about polo shirts from the Gap. Slim silhouette, soft cotton, lots of colors that still look professional.
Blazers of almost any kind will dress up an outfit instantly, so if you can find a good summery one that fits, you now rule the proverbial sandbox. I usually try to find something in slim fit and then hem the cuffs myself. I’ve had good luck with H&M, Zara, and Topman, and of course thrift shops are always your friend. Blazers and shoes will be the most expensive pieces of this kind of wardrobe, but if you take good care of them they will last a very long time.
Blue Skinny Blazer, $160 at Topman
Shoes are tricky when you have smaller feet. “Real job” wear says your shoes should be leather or look like leather. I’d recommend Bass penny loafers as a work-appropriate shoe that’s easy to find in small sizes. I wear my Clarks’ Desert Boots with colored laces with chinos, and deal with Aldo oxfords being just a bit too big for me with a slightly thicker sock when I need something dressier. Cole Haan is beautiful as well. Check out Sonny’s shoes post for more ideas!
Bass Wayfarers, $99 at Bass
Gurcanti men’s leather oxfords at Aldo for $109.98
Finally, the details are going to add that extra flair. Neckwear will almost always dress up an ensemble, even in summery fabrics, but if you want to go all out, a silk tie will never do you wrong. I like bow ties from The Cordial Churchman. (Sonny adds: I’ve had great luck getting designer bow ties for cheap at Loehmann’s!) When buying neckties, I generally look for skinny ties to accommodate my smaller frame. Other details like vests, suspenders, watches, and cufflinks only broaden the scope of your wardrobe. Good luck with your new job, and stay stylish!
Look at Blake!
Everything thrifted except tie clip, pants, and shoes
Blazer: Brooks Brothers, $8
French Cuff Shirt: Brooks Brothers, $3.75
Vest: From the Young Men’s shop in town, thrifted for $4
Tie clip: Her professor made it for her!
Pocket square (it has shoes on it!): 25 cents
Chinos: Tommy Hilfiger, $32ish
Shoes: ALDO, $110
Lots of smaller footed folks have asked for masculine shoe recommendations in the non-sneaker shoes arena that won’t break the bank. I’ve picked up a few more ideas since my last post in May.
My biggest recommendation is to do the thrifty thrift! Men’s feet used to be smaller, so there are some gorgeous vintage finds out there for next to nothing. Blake got these bad boys for $4. Bobby from Boston had an incredible selection of smaller men’s shoes that ranged from 30 - 60$. If you make visiting your neighborhood thrift store a regular activity, something fantastic will pop up.
I’ve had these Bass bucks from Bass for 2 years now, and they are still one of my favorites and one of my most vesatile pairs of shoes. They fill an in-between space from casual to fancy. They come in several colors and contrast soles. Retail is $69, but you can usually snag them on sale or on Ebay for $40 or so. (See me wearing mine here!)
Loafers are never a bad addition to your wardrobe. Equally at home at the office or with some shorts on a summer stroll. Women’s Hayden Loafer, $85 at Sperry Top-sider.
Every fashionisto needs at least one pair of fashion boots! Clarks Women’s Desert Boots, $94.95 at Infinity Shoes
I always dislike how boy’s shoes have a rounder toe and chunkier heels than men’s. As if they still need help walking past toddler-hood. However, J.Crew has some of the less obnoxiously shaped boys’ shoes in the most fabulous of colors! These are the Kids’ Suede Bucks with Contrast Sole, $98. They’ve also got pretty nice wingtips for $118, though I’m less convinced of the chunky design in the dressier shoe.
Cole Haan has some fabulous choices this season. I tried a pair of their Skylar Oxfords and found them very comfortable! They would make for a great dress shoe. The leather sole feels like it would last for ever. The black ones are currently on sale for $179.95. They also have the Alissa Oxford (pictured above) — the same thing with a rubber sole a different kind of leather (nubuck) in brighter colors. Those are now running as low as $88 on Amazon.
In other news I crossed these Steve Madden oxfords off the list when I tried them on IRL. They feel like a flimsy piece of felt glued together by a child. There’s women’s clothing for ya.
Am I missing anything? Add it in the comments!
And this queer says the hype matches the delivery! If you are already on their mailing list, you will be granted access immediately when you enter your email. Otherwise, you can get on the waiting list here: www.wildfang.com
They are curating a very artsy look; loosely fitting clothes, wild patterns, lots of black and white, some western influences. There are a wide range of prices, and some of their vintage pieces are one-of-a-kind and disappearing fast! Here are some of my favs:
Get Loose Jean, $148
Pound The Pavement Boots, $240
Craftsman Flannel, $78
They also have some sweet articles on tomboy style! I’m so stoked, friends. I’ll keep you updated as the brand grows. Don’t know what Wildfang is? Catch up here. - Sonia
It was so gorgeous in Boston today!! 50 degrees, no clouds in the sky So since it’s like basically HOT OUT, I asked Blake to share with us how she transitions into a spring wardrobe. Hope some of you find this useful when getting together yer outfits! - Sonia
You don’t need to start from scratch when the seasons get warmer! For spring I only make two significant changes to what I wear:
I still wear jeans (vans and cuffed jeans= classic) and collared shirts in the summertime (usually not at the same time) depending on how hot it is.
The weather in Virginia can be pretty temperamental (Buah hah!); 70 degrees one day and 50 the next. However, the outer layer goes away-sweaters, cardigans, and heavy jackets. To replace a big coat, I’m in love with the windbreakers/ parkas I’ve seen around for when it gets chilly.
Gitman Vintage Pinup Oxford Shirt (from meadowweb.com)
In addition, I love incorporating a busy pattern into my spring outfit. Because it is often too hot to wear a sweater or cardigan, patterns can add another layer of complexity and flare. I’m talking polka dots (and top button swag), florals (“florals for spring…groundbreaking”), zig zags, pin-up girl patterns; go crazy. When done right, patterns show that you put some thought into your outfit.
Timex weekender watches $35 at Amazon
Shirt: George boys, tailored
Glasses: SEE Eyewear
Suspenders: Bobby from Boston (Buttons sewed on myself)
Pants: Gap Broken-in Straight Khakis, women’s
Shoes: Suede Walk-over Derbys (Bought on sale at the Tannery)
Bow Tie: Michael Kors (Bought on sale at Loehmann’s)
By Guest Blogger, Anita Dolce Vita
In my home town of Albuquerque, NM, people don’t think twice about throwing on a pair of sweatpants and an old T-shirt for brunch. When I moved to Manhattan, my New York City friends were mortified when I tried to pull off sweatpants in a restaurant. Moving to a fashion forward city quickly revealed a huge weakness in my queer femme style: I have no functional, casual, cool outfits.
I mean, I have formal covered. My closet is filled with a ton of glittery shoes and bejeweled cocktail dresses that are appropriate for a variety of special events.
I also have that undergraduate-just-rolled-out-of-bed look perfected. But, I have nothing “in between.”
And, why would I? In Albuquerque — at least when I lived there in the 90s — you either dressed up for formals or threw on a beat up pair of jeans to hang out at Applebee’s. (I certainly wouldn’t wear the above pictured shoes to an Applebee’s!) There weren’t a whole lotta other activities that called for casual chic attire. In fact, the last time I visited home, I was the most dressed-up person at our only gay bar and all I wanted to do was change into a fleece pullover so I could stop listening to my friends call me “bougie.” But, especially during the years when I was in college, wearing an outfit like this to the lesbian coffee shop or Coronado mall food court would have only invited awkward stares and judgment (even if it was self-judgment for feeling out of place):
But, now I live in NYC, where there are a ton of activities (lounges, rooftop parties, gallery hopping, brunches, queer events, etc.) that call for this “in between” look that I just can’t seem to achieve. This is the closest I’ve gotten:
While the outfit works for gallery openings and people watching at lounges, the boots do not lend well to walking more than 15 or so blocks in the city. Urbanites know the importance of a good walking shoe. So, I have some work to do in the fashionable-but-functional shoe department and I most definitely need more than one casual chic outfit.
I’ve found a few outfits on Pinterest that I might be able to pull off. I’m going to take these images shopping with me and use them as inspiration. My goal will be to stay focused on the mission of getting those “in between” ensembles and staying away from disco dresses and metallic stilettos. I’ll keep you posted about the results. Until then…
Anita Dolce Vita is the Managing Editor at dapperQ
Anyone wanna be my queer sugar boi? I mean, these are necessary staples! - Sonia
Captain Oscar O’Leary Belt, Kiel James Patrick for $88
Men’s Slim Fit Straight Colour Jeans, Uniqlo for $31.50
Short-Sleeved Plaid Shirt, Ralph Lauren Boys, $40
Men’s Classic Boat Penny Loafer, Timberland, $80
Dot Print Bowtie, Gitman Vintage, Barneys for $85. I’d wear this every day.
ABC Polo shirt, $19.99 at French Connection
Boy’s Ludlow Sportcoat in Seersucker, $118 at J.Crew
Adidas Gazelle, $65 at Shoes.com