The refusal to conform stirs interest, so when Angelina Jolie or Kangana Ranaut wear pant suits on the red carpet, everyone takes notice. Women’s fashion and style has come a long way and there is increasing acceptance to gender blurring styling. Take a quick look around the street style globally, and you notice women sporting short crops, wearing ties, brogues, fedoras, full formal suits, lose and relaxed silhouettes – all traditionally considered to be staples in a gentleman’s wardrobe. Since the fall of 2012 we have seen androgynous silhouettes, outfits and accessories. Working a little menswear in a woman’s outfit or vis-a-versa has never been easier.
While androgynous is a word that I’ve learnt only recently, I’ve always been attracted to this sense of styling. I remember being called a tomboy very often. I would dress up in my dad’s shirts and sweaters in college, pairing them with leggings. I was not afraid to wear a short crop, which too, is an integral part of androgynous styling. In recent times, I’ve styled an online clothing company’s tee with a pair of suspenders and a hat…
Naturally, when I saw the collection of tees, bags and bow ties by BrownBoy, choosing the bow tie was an obvious choice. I found that most of BrownBoys products are ‘unisex’ in nature. Their tees are cut to fit both men and women and the bow ties are an accessory every woman who’d like to experiment with her style should have in her wardrobe.
I chose a blue bow tie with white polka dots, it is perfect to add color to a mundane work outfit for a man and a versatile accessory for a woman. Wear it as a bow tie, or pin it up as a brooch, tie up the sides on a plain hair band and transform it for a sunny brunch. I wore mine with a tie up shirt and a pencil skirt to Lakme Fashion Week. I’d love to hear what you think…
Like any other trend, picking an androgynous outfit is first about being confident and comfortable with your self. It is a style that all body types can adopt, all it needs is a little channeling of the rebel in you. Here are 3 tips to use this trend for the Indian winter.
– Invest in an accessory that is traditionally male, like suspenders, a fedora or a bow tie. These are very versatile and can be used to make a basic tee and jeans or shirt and jeans outfit look more interesting. If you are feeling very bold, you could use a tie from your husband, dad or bros cupboard.
– Get yourself a ‘boyfriend’ shirt. Not always do we fit into our better halves shirts, so designers and brands now have straight cut shirts for women. Pairing them with shorts or wearing them long with a belt is a way you can subtly adopt the trend.
– Try a pair of brogues. They will look great with a boyfriend shirt and a pair of leggings or a skater dress or even a high low skirt.
Blue Pencil Skirt: H&M
White Tie Up top: Westside
Buy the Bow Tie: BrownBoy
Ankle Boots: Nine West
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Pictures courtesy the very talented: Subhasini BA Devaiah