Androgynous men's wear

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by VanBurnham, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Yeh he's bald now. :D

    I immediately thought of The Human League and new romantics when I saw your pics. See also Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Visage, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark(OMD), Duran Duran, etc.


    Rather like when I see the older bands I remember and liked, still performing the same songs live in their 50s, 60s and sometimes 70s.
     


  2. Xenon

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    Can someone photoshop him in a tom ford suit. I think VanburnHam has similar build to the current Tom Ford model on the website. Tom Ford has alot of structure which would really help blur the line
     


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    Fascinating thread, and kudos to you guys helping him out.
     


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    One of the best threads over here, and one of the best advices this one above.

    Perhaps you can also carry a 'male' accessory to strengthen the male look, like a rugged bag etc
     


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    acridsheep Senior member

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    In almost every way, this thread is awesome.
     


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    I feel like Thom Browne is what you want
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    philosophe Senior member

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    Your project sounds fascinating.

    Although some have suggested wearing more structured menswear, I would recommend soft-tailored items. There are plenty of unstructured jackets, cardigan sweaters, etc. that could be worn by a woman or a man. I would also urge you to select fabrics and patterns associated with menswear (eg herringbone, houndstooth; pinstripes; generally, heavier fabrics & less form-fitting cuts). There are very expensive versions of these items--Cucinelli, Isaia, Canali Kei, Lanvin, etc--but there are also more affordable pieces from RL, LBM 1911, and others. Why not start with something as classic as a blue blazer?

    Wearing men's shoes would also really help. Somehow they are a major social cue.

    Re trousers: I recommend sticking to menswear cuts but introducing a little play into your color choices, especially in warm weather. Red pants (Nantucket red, crimson, etc) might be great in an androgynous wardrobe. Muted purple, burnt orange, and olive would also be good choices.

    Good luck!
     


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    Well, if nothing else, this thread has permanently altered my mental image of MoL as looking like Donald Trump.
     


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    Haha, this was my thought all along
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Reminds me a lot of Andrej Pejic. He's a model here in New York that does both women's and men's runway stuff. Beautiful person.

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  12. JakeLA

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    If I may give the OP another direction to consider --

    You're androgynous. Your clothes don't need to be. In fact, I'd venture to say that wearing androgynous menswear (whatever that is -- tight pants and scarves, I guess) is only going to detract from your face, and really, what's the point of that? You're not going to fool anyone into thinking you're some regular Joe Sixpack, and you don't want that anyway.

    If I were you, I'd wear classic, unobtrusive, casual mens clothing in a muted palette. Khakis, jeans, button-down shirts, crewneck sweaters, jack purcell sneakers -- that kind of thing. Penfield jackets. Old 8-eye Doc Martens. It should all look like you've owned it forever, the collars and cuffs should be frayed, and you should wear it like you just woke up and threw on whatever was by the bed. The idea is studied nonchalance. Why? Because it'll look like you don't care about clothes, and that'll make you100 times more interesting than if you're running around town in some gothy Rick Owens get-up.
     


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    Gah I wish.... I want to move to New York so bad. I actually got an interview for a well known day trading firm on Wall Street a few months ago, but I never followed up... my cats won't have a yard to run in and my bf isn't ready to sell his house and his office. I'm getting a little old for modeling though... I turn 27 next week. It's funny because I can still pass as a teenager, especially if I dress like a guy. New York is my dream though... maybe I'll look into it anyway.





    Mmm, Andrej Pejic... he is my favorite. I've followed him since he was just a little girl in pigtails... it's been nice to watch him rise through the ranks of modeling. I did a photoshoot a couple years ago for a local makeup artist who wanted similar things... female headshots on an androgynous face. I had to create the appearance of a heavy jaw and a mean look to pull it off, was really fun.
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    This is actually a really interesting idea. I went over to a friends house recently who has some really nice menswear, probably one of the best mens wardrobes I've come across. I probably sat in his closet for 2 hours, trying on suits, different types of pants, dress shoes, button ups, sweaters... and it all looked really nice. He even made the comment that I wore it all really well, and that the cloths and the fit said male, but the face said female, and that it gave off a very interesting look. I actually have plans to go shopping with him in the next week or two and he is going to take me to some places he gets his cloths at. I think this may actually work really well.... I'm going to see if he'll let me borrow some of his cloths for a bit.





    I love this suit! I am going to go to their webpage right now =)



    Call me whatever, either is fine =) Everyone in real life refers to me as female, it's just easier for them because they tend to make mistakes if they try to call me him. You could just call me Van, that is my name =)




    Amazing thread... there is one girl on there in a suit that I'd love to look like. I love the look of women in masculine cloths... maybe this is what I should be going for.
     
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  15. F. Corbera

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    I like this rare, thoughtful post from you. Then again, I also like your snarky posts.

    I guess that I just like it all.
     


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