Monday, 6 February 2017

androgynous aesthetic


androgynous

anˈdrɒdʒɪnəs/
adjective
  1. partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex.

Yeah I am totally professional with the first image because this is a post about individuality and I took this on a whim and thought it was fitting. I've realised that I don't tend to discuss my personal style a lot on my blog, yes I tend to talk about trends but not what style means to me and how I manipulate it to make my style well... personal. My mum has always been into fashion and I can recall when I was much younger her always talking about how 'androgynous' her style was. As a six or seven year old I can never remember questioning what it meant until I got into fashion and was intrigued by this 'trend' that isn't a trend; it's a movement. It is however a movement that I seemingly don't know how to spell - thank goodness for spell checker. 

But that's beside the point. It's a movement that is about becoming more confident in yourself and what you wear, whether that be in terms of their physical appearance (becoming more comfortable in the real you) or in the style of androgynous fashion. It's so much more than just trendy. 
I absolutely adore androgynous style, it's clean, sharp, stylish yet I feel so comfortable in a baggy jumper and trainers that have been worn a little too much. It's feminine yet masculine and yet it's still so beautiful. Androgynous fashion has become a lot more prevalent in the past few years, and it may come with underlining commentary about where our society is heading. Or better yet, what it's evolving towards. 

Where does androgynous fashion originate from though? (yasssss history and fashion coming together). There was an evolution of androgynous fashion throughout the 20th century and not just in response to changing social views.  Aesthetic androgyny arguably stems from the desire to have the freedom to decide what we should and also shouldn't wear. 


In the early 20th century Katherine Hepburn was the pioneer of all things androgynous is the Hollywood exemplary representative, she was all about subversive fashion statements and trousers and also her version of men's inspired buttoned down shirts; they're still iconic still now. And imagine the scandal and agitation among fashion savvy women back then!
Cinema is once again to be considered responsible for one more defining element of androgyny and that is to do with men becoming more aware of their feminine side.

When Chanel started creating clothes in 1913 (this was right around the era of the Suffrage movement), women were just getting used to the idea of leaving the stereotypical of Victorian femininity behind. Chanel personified the independent roles women were about to enter (this would later include working women in WWII) by providing them with the option of pants and masculine-like silhouettes. It's kinda crazy to think that trousers were once considered the most daring of clothing choices right? We've come a long way in the evolution of style and breaking boundaries, in the 21st century there is so much room for individuality and becoming the person you want to be.
Pinterest is an absolute haven for androgynous style inspiration. Australian ethical brand Caves Collect perfect the androgynous aesthetic. I absolutely love the style of the brand and although they're a little pricey I am just crushing on ALL the clothes. 

So many shops both online and in store sell clothes that have an androgynous vibe about them. Alternatively, charity shops or depop are fantastic for finding unique pieces. Also, exciting news! I finally bought my first depop purchase last week and I am way too excited for it to arrive. A light blue sherpa coat to complete my winter wardrobe (because it is still cold enough to be buying coats in England, at least that's what I told myself when I clicked buy). I most definitely have a love affair with blue in my wardrobe at the moment. Clearly because everything I seem to be acquiring lately seems to be of a blue nature. 
Pinterest is an absolute haven for androgynous style inspiration. Australian ethical brand Caves Collect perfect the androgynous aesthetic. I absolutely love the style of the brand and although they're a little pricey I am just crushing on ALL the clothes. 

The androgynous look as about feeling comfortable with who you are and I am all for that. I wanna know what your thoughts on dressing androgynously? Or just anything surrounding the how idea of an androgynous aesthetic? I'm so intrigued! 
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35 comments

  1. This is a really interesting post! Androgynous clothing is so attractive to me, I like how clean and simple the clothing styles tend to be. I feel like I personally can't pull it off which is annoying (if only I had that Katherine Hepburn body!) but if definitely suits you. Also I have to say how much I love your hair!
    Beth x
    www.adventureandanxiety.com

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    1. Thank you so much! It's quite different from the things I usually write but I really like the outcome :) x

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  2. Loved this post! You are so stunning! ❤️

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  3. I love this style so much! The clothes are so simple and stunning at the same time :D

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  4. Such an interesting read, didn't really think about this style, well at least the name it was given, I do like the clean and simple look though xx

    Sophie's Spot

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    1. there's so much more to the 'trend' and it was really fun to research! x

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  5. Such an interesting post! I love this style, in simplicity is unique and stylish but looks effortless at the same time. I love how you described this as a movement!

    Kizzimay.co.uk

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    1. Awh thank you Kizzi! I really do think it is more than a fashion style :) x

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  6. This is such a nice read! I've never looked into like the history behind androgynous clothing so ty for informing me! I absolutely love just dressing simply and pairing 'male' clothing with more feminine clothing x
    www.lexiealexandra.com

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed researching about the history of androgynous style! x

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  7. This is awesome! I never really put a term to this kind of style. I've never been quite as fashionable as I'd like because of my big booty, so I usually wear jeans, ankle boots or high tops, and geeky shirts, along with a faux leather jacket - not exactly androgynous but it's almost in that territory.

    Stephii Mattea xx

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    1. Thank you! I guess it's not really a type style but how you define your personal one :) x

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  8. I love the detail you put into this! It was so nice to learn a little about the history and how it is not a trend but a movement. Definitely something I hadn't thought about before xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I wanted to mix fashion and history as I love both topics so much! xx

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  9. I am FEELING androgyny rn (in clothes but also jefree star's new palette ya feel me). Tbh during class I just fantasise about wearing a silk green jacquard suit half the time

    Edie x
    thelifeofedie.com

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    1. I NEED to see Jefree Star's new palette! Let's be real I just fanstasise about anything that's not the school work...

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  10. I adore this post, so well written! I love nothing more than jeans, a t-shirt and a pair of trainers!
    Jenny x

    www.borntoblend.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Jenny! Stripping it back to basics, weird to think they were seen as totally out there 100 years ago! x

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  11. I'm all for clean cut and sharp clothing, I'd love to take the androgynous look and mould it to my liking in a future outfit perhaps. Imagine a dainty lace black bralette with a loose blazer over it, black trousers and black monk shoes, oh and slicked back hair and a red lip...what a look. Loved reading about the historical context of the movement too, seems really well researched :)
    Dalal
    monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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  12. I'm loving your blog atm! Your personal style is just perfect, great post!

    Alice x
    girlabroad.co.uk

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  13. Such a well written post and I love your sense of style! I loved that you added the history of it too, such a great read!

    Grace x
    http://loveellenagrace.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Loved reading this post! And you look so gorgeous by the way x

    Morgan // www.justmorgs.com

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  15. Such a well written post! Very interesting to read x

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  16. this is such a lovely post, you've wrote it so well too!

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  18. It was interesting to learn about the style, I love how simple the look can be yet makes a bold statement

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/itsatashathing-labour-story.html?m=1

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  19. I wish bloggers spoke more about their personal style- I found this fascinating. I feel the world of bloggers can often seem a bit cosmetic, but posts like this remind me why we all do what we do. We're all passionate about something, especially our style. Lydia Eve | www.lydia-eve.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  20. I found myself surprisingly fascinated by this post - never would have thought to find fashion-related history that interesting! I may also add that the looks are absolutely incredible, so unique and beautiful and as you said: androgynous (yap I had to check how to spell that)

    xx Solange | creativepineapples.blogspot.com

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  21. I love this post, I literally just posted a similar post about androgynous styling on my blog today! I am all about the androgynous styling and dressing for yourself! :)

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

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  22. ELEANOR OH HOW I'VE MISSED COMMENTING. I've been reading all of your posts, but haven't commented because I haven't really been into the whole blogging shebang for the last few months, but each and every one has been a genuine delight to read. And this post - amazing! I also think a lot of the regeneration of the androgynous aesthetic in the modern age can also be blamed on the "heroin chic" craze of the 90's - lots of pixie cuts and gender blurring fashion then too. I didn't know Chanel began creating in 1913 - wow, that's insane. of course it was Chanel heralding a new era of womenswear... who else! Also MAJOR props for discovering Caves Collect - I spent a solid 55 minute French lesson browsing their page; so so SO beautiful! I'm all for androgyny, I also think the rise of androgyny can represent a growing toleration in modern society of people who aren't necessarily always he/him or she/her. Also can I say how absolutely STUNNING you look in these photos you're an ethical fashion goddess Eleanor omg. lots of love xxx

    esmemadeline.blogspot.com

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  24. You look so pretty (also great brows) I need some cool trousers like the ones in your pictures but I'm always too lazy to go to charity shops. Also I love the colour of the first top you're wearing ! x
    constantlylibby.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Great read- i have never been a trend setter but I do have my own style. I prefer button down shirts instead of frilly ones. I like clean lines and not a lot of bright colors!! Maybe Katherine Hepburn and I have more in common than I realized!! Thanks for your insight and such great write ups!!

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