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Androgynous Clothing.
« on: March 23, 2007, 03:47:57 am »
Androgynous style
This is a daunting topic to cover in one post. Rather than just coming out and telling you a formula X+Y=androgyne style, I will instead show some general ideas sometimes showing ends of spectrums and examples to wear you can sort of figure out what combinations can lead to a unique androgynous type style that can become a part of your gender expression.

From http://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,9739.0.html

(communication of gender)

masculine ------------------------------ androgynous ----------------------------- feminine
                                     Interdressing & Neutral dressing (also Bigender)

Gender expression is everything we do that communicates our sex/gender to others: clothing, hair styles, mannerisms, way of speaking, roles we take in interactions, etc. This communication may be purposeful or accidental. It could also be called social gender because it relates to interactions between people. Trappings of one gender or the other may be forced on us as children or by dress codes at school or work. Gender expression is a continuum, with feminine at one end and masculine at the other. In between are gender expressions that are androgynous interdressing and neutral dressing. Interdressing mixing elements of both gender. Neutral dressing neither masculine nor feminine. Gender expression can vary for an individual from day to day or in different situations, but most people can identify a range on the scale where they feel the most comfortable. Some people are comfortable with a wider range of gender expression than others.

Historically Men's Clothing

If you were to judge some historical clothing by today's standards one might think them to be a mixture of masculine and feminine. Such as these.

Social Androgynous Trends
With groups coming into and out of style, why not use them as a chance to express the androgynous part of the androgyne in you. Instead of rejecting them, support and promote them. After all, many none androgynes will be expressing both femininity and masculinity, which is good for transgenders as well.

Social Groups accepting cross gender appearance
Japanese- Manga, Anime, Cossplay, Crossplay, Visual Kei http://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,6637.0.html
Glam Rock
80s Androgynous Pop Stars http://www.eightyeightynine.com/musicvideo/transgender.html
Some Techno Sounds

Some changes you can try

General Clothing transformations
  • Choose more feminine friendly colors (see colors feminine: below): Pinks, light blues, light greens, turquoise, purples, lavender. Colors are soft, light, pastel, clear and rich. Ex. Wear something like the pink polo shirt.
  • Wear buttons on the left. Women's clothing have buttons predominantly on the left. http://www.marquise.de/en/themes/linksrechts.shtml. Ex Wear the women's polo or dress shirts
  • Try Clothing with more feminine fabrics (see fabrics section below): crisp cottons, fine woolens, linens, silks, satins, lace, and finer weaves. Angora, satin, velvet, and organdie are extremely feminine. Ex. Silk or satin dress shirt.
  • Buy female clothing in masculine colors. Wear them so that you have feminine cuts (see various pic examples of men's vs women's clothing of the same kind but with various differences below). Ex. wear women's jeans.

  • Choose more masculine friendly colors (see colors masculine: below): dark blues, dark greens, black, dark browns
  • Wear buttons on the right. Men's clothing have buttons predominantly on the right. http://www.marquise.de/en/themes/linksrechts.shtml. Ex Wear the men's polo or dress shirts
  • Try Clothing with more masculine fabrics (see fabrics section below): heavier fabrics like tweeds, suit fabrics, herringbone, and denim are all masculine. Ex. Suit coat or flannel shirt.
  • Buy men's clothing in feminine colors. Wear them so that you have masculine cuts (see various pic examples of men's vs women's clothing of the same kind but with various differences below). Ex. wear men's jeans.

Fabrics and Colors
I'd like some art introduced into men's clothing. maybe some design or ink work into men's jeans or something. [Men's cloth with artistic designs and such]
men's styled clothes in women's fabrics and/or colors. A soft satiny men's dress shirt. [Men's styled clothes women's fabric & Colors]

Guy stuff, almost by definition now, is pretty much androgyne.  I just would like to accentuate that a little more without going totally overboard to the "metrosexual" type of image.  A mixture of feminine and masculine would be good.      [between guy and metrosexual]

Gigli blurs gender lines in his characteristic way by making the silhouette slim and narrow. His closely-fitting clothes follow the lines of the body in rich, muted colors. He softens the often stark masculine lines with feminine accessories and delicate details. Gigli calls it playing with contrasts.


Diane von Furstenberg's collection also included a dose of masculine inspiration made more feminine with metallic colors and form-fitting shapes. Actresses Ellen Barkin and Carmen Electra were at her show Sunday.



Masculine preferred fabrics: heavier fabrics like tweeds, suit fabrics, herringbone, and denim.

Tweed Herringbone

Feminine fabrics: crisp cottons, fine woolens, linens, silks, satins, lace, and finer weaves. Angora, satin, velvet, and organdie are extremely feminine.




Colors [Starting to build a section on Colors, starting with quotes of information to work off of]

Poll of Favorite Colors by gender http://desktoppub.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=desktoppub&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fjoehallock.com%2Fedu%2FCOM498%2Fpreferences.

Favorite Masculine colors

Blue is a favorite color of both men and women of all ages. However, men have a much stronger preference for blue than women. It may be the calming effect of the color blue that makes it a popular color for both men and women or it could be the association of some shades of blue with authority figures, intelligence, and stability.

A distant second to blue as a favorite color of men, the color green is cool, restful, and signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment as well as balance and stability. While women favor cool, soft colors, men prefer brighter shades although they still show a preference for cool colors such as blue and green.

Men favor the color black only slightly more than women.A strong preference for conservative colors such as blue and black may also reflect social and cultural norms where women wear the brighter, more varied colors while men's attire is traditionally less colorful.

Purple stands out as a feminine color because it is chosen almost exclusively by women as a favorite color and is strongly disliked by men. Men are less likely to respond favorably to other feminine favorites such as lavender and turquoise.

Most people still think of pink as a feminine, delicate color, the color for little girls. Even though it is acceptable as a clothing color for men, the color pink has such strong negative associations for men that some uses of the color may be considered insulting to men.

Feminine colors are soft, light, pastel, clear and rich.
Favorite Feminine Colors
Blue is a favorite color of both men and women of all ages. While men have a stronger preference for blue than women, it's still a top choice. It may be the calming effect of the color blue that makes it a popular color for both men and women.

Mother Nature is green and she's a female. A favored color of both men and women, the color green is cool, restful, and signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment.

According to a 1964 Color and Gender study, women favored blue-green (aka turquoise) more than men. This same study found that "76% of women preferred cool colors." and turquoise is a mix of the two cool colors of blue and green.

Purple stands out as a feminine color because it is chosen almost exclusively by women as a favorite color and is strongly disliked by men. Traditionally associated with royalty,the color purple is also spirtual, romantic, and mysterious.

Most people still think of pink as a feminine, delicate color, the color for little girls. Does that mean women prefer pink? Not necessarily.The color pink and women is likely more of a cultural association than a strong preference. However, this cultural association could mean that pink is not the ideal color for targeting men.

A more grown-up and cooler version of the pink of baby girls and the lighter side of purple, the color lavender is associated with genteel ladies and can evoke feelings of nostalgia or romance for women. A 1990 study found that between bright and soft colors, women prefer soft colors which could include soft shades of pink, lavender, and other pastels.


found men preferred blue to red and women red to blue. Eysenck's study, however, found only one gender difference with yellow being preferred to orange by women and orange to yellow by men. This finding was reiforced later by Birren (1952) who found men preferred orange to yellow; while women placed orange at the bottom of the list.

men were generally more tolerant toward achromatic colors than women. Thus, Guilford and Smith proposed that women might be more color-concious and their color tastes more flexible and diverse. Likewise, McInnis and Shearer (1964) found that blue green was more favored among women than men, and women preferred tints more than shades. They also found 56% of men and 76% of women preferred cool colors, and 51% men and 45% women chose bright colors. In a similar study, Plater (1967) found men had a tendency to prefer stronger chromas than women.

A similar study by Greene (1995) examined the color identification and vocabulary skills of college students. They were asked to identify the colors of 21 color chips. The results showed that women recognized significantly more elaborate colors than did the men. Findings also indicated that gender different responses in color identification may be attributed to a difference in the socialization of men and women.

In expressing the preferences for light versus dark colors, there was no significant differences between men and women; however, in expressing the preference for bright and soft colors, there was a difference, with women preferring soft colors and men preferring bright ones.

The Meaning of Colors http://desktoppub.about.com/od/choosingcolors/p/color_meanings.htm

Types of Clothing
silk shirts                                                                                                               [silk shirts]
male or female shirts/blouses, I tend to like wearing things loose and flowing                       [Loose flowing male female shirts blouses]

First shirt that may come to mind is the T-shirt. Of course this depends on cut, style, print, and color. Essentially, the T-shirt in it's raw form is unisex.
Regular T-shirt Long sleeved
Feminine Cut T-shirt might have higher cut sleeves or V neck Men's T-shirts have evolved into collared shirts


The Indian Kurta Looks good on men, women, and androgynes.



Pantsa rugged look in a more feminine cut.

Masculine Cut Feminine Cut

Baggy pants- Want more of a skirt/dress feel yet still keep the pants look?
The workout lookCarpenter Pants
Cargo Pants

Bravehearts in Kilts Against Trouser Tyranny

men wearing skirts                                                                                                    [skirts for men]
I'd also like to see skirts for guys make it into at least a subculture.                                   [Men's skirts]

Gothic inspired

Sometimes even the Matrix like Long Coat can act and sorta bring a dress silhouette to a person.

Drawstring and sweatpants
Many styles and cuts can be unisex. Can be worn for casual wear.

Traditional Business Wear

Put a little pink into your business men's clothing

Or some pink into your semi casual wear

Androgynous Shoes from http://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,8866.0.html

From Purse topic http://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,9418.0.html

Casual wear - Shorts, jeans, shirts that could be taken for male or female. Levi's 501 jeans with a little better fit spandex-denim mix
shirts "butch"...a rugged look in a more feminine cut.                          [Casual Jeans & Butch Shirts mix Men's with women's fabric]

Business Casual - Pants/slacks and dress shirts that those of us who are not out at work can wear, that will not look too femme, but still have enough of a touch that it leaves a little question.  As much as I like the idea of the satiny dress shirt, not sure I would risk that at work...the long nails raise enough questions.                                      [Satiny or silk dress shirt + Pants and such]

Dress clothes - something for a night on the town ("fancy style") or to church or weddings.  It would be great if it looked good enough to wear for a job interview.                                                                       [fancy]

Swimwear.  Lots of luck here...I can't imagine much except a crop-top t-shirt and running shorts.    [Swimwear?]

Price vs Quality and Thrift options
best bang for my bucks, which I have very few of.                                                        [quality vs affordability]
And cheap, too.  Poverty is the wrong word for it, but there's never quite enough money to make it.      [Price tag conscious]
I buy most of my clothes at thrift stores, and have a number androgynous silk shirts that cost under $5   [Affordable thift shopping]

Updated a few more tidbits.

Again added some more. I still want to add to the guide a feminization / masculinization to casual, semi casual, and business attire if I can in the future.
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