A Beginner’s Guide to Androgynous Dressing

an·drog·y·nous
anˈdräjənəs
adjective
  1. partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex.

If dressing in a way that blurs the lines between genders is new to you, let me be your guide.  This is NOT the same as being a tomboy.  Androgyny is the tomboy’s fashion forward and edgy older sibling.

The history of androgyny in fashion is a storied one, dating as far back as the early days of Coco Chanel. Yes, the woman who  overhauled the women’s fashion world was one for blurring the lines of what each gender is supposed to wear. The trend continued into the film world when Katherine Hepburn dared to wear pantsuits and played a boy in the film Sylvia Scarlett. The music industry continued this trend with David Bowie, Grace Jones and most recently Lady Gaga’s alter ego Jo Calderone.

So how exactly can you introduce this style of dress to a wardrobe full of maxi dresses, skirts and tank tops? With ease! The first piece you should introduce is a button down oxford shirt. These are everywhere and can be worn with pants, skirts, and over dresses!

California Blue Chambray Workshirt from androgyny 

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Pair some straight leg khakis with a lose fitting tank for the “I stole my boyfriend’s pants” look.
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Get comfy shorts! If you are over tight shorts then opt for a loser fit paired with a blazer or graphic tee.
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What was once a shoe staple in the men’s business world, can now be a staple in your wardrobe! Oxfords are super comfy and can be worn with everything from dresses to jeans.
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I hope this helped those who are ready to dip their toe into androgynous fashion! Happy shopping!
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About Media Junkie Jungle

Maddy Murcott is a social media maven, reality tv obsessed, makeup junkie and has been a fan of watching the news since the age of 8. She is currently living the life of a northeast transplant in Colorado.

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