How to create a perfect balance of femininity and Masculinity within your look
Balancing out femininity with masculinity has always been an issue I have dealt with. How does one make something look androgynous, or feminine, for that matter? I often find myself either too masculine or too feminine, although most of the times it’s edging towards too masculine. Fashion is a complex arena in today’s world. It’s replete with dialogue over what ‘femininity’ or ‘masculinity’ are and whether these gendered concepts are obsolete now. However, the scope of these issues far transcends that of this blog, so I’ll just keep it sweet and simple.
Often, women face a dilemma while dressing up: Too dress for ourselves, or for the crowd. Of course we must always go with our heart, but appreciation from others never hurts either. So when I got this look together I found myself pondering over a trivial yet obvious issue. I thought to myself: “I look like such a boy, no one is going to think this is cute”. Keep in mind that I have no problem dressing like a guy (especially considering most of my apparel is from the men’s section.) So what I’m trying to get at is that each outfit needs the perfect equilibrium of femininity and masculinity to achieve what you are going for. And for each individual it can be done in a plethora of different ways, whether it’s through clothing, accessories, makeup or even your personality. Everyone can add their own unique twist to their outfit in order to achieve that harmonious balance we all are searching for.
This whole idea dawned upon my trip in Toronto while I was getting dressed everyday to strut the town. I wanted to look good for myself but also for the new crowd that I was about to enter wherever my travels brought me. As for what I’m wearing: I knew from the beginning of my day that I wanted to wear my sporty cropped short sleeve zip up and my Air Jordan 1’s in shadow grey. Now ultimately I knew I was dealing with two masculine pieces and I didn’t want to overkill it, so I thought to lighten the entire outfit up and achieve a perfectly balanced look I had to add a feminine faux leather skirt. Now the tan skirt is a perfect neutral color for your wardrobe all season round and in addition has a side slit which really gives it some flair. Often times it’s really difficult to represent these two completely opposite looks but when you find your own way to achieve it, the process can seem almost effortless.
Find what makes you as in individual comfortable and just go with it.
- Top: H&M
- Skirt: Forever 21
- Shoes: Nike
- Bag: Prada