10 examples why the androgynous fashion look is big right now
Androgyny comes into fashion time and again. In today’s world of gender equality, androgynous style is a great look for women who aren’t afraid to show their tough side. Androgynous outfits can be built for all kinds of occasions, for chilling out and even for workwear!
Over the last few years, Chloe Moretz has gone from strength to strength. Best known as a child actress, she is now a fashion icon. She is at the forefront of high fashion, usually mixing it with her own quirky touches. Chloe got in early on the androgynous trend, wearing this stunning trouser suit to a promotional shoot for Kick Ass 2 in August last year. The bold stripes add interest to the outfit, while showing off her slim frame. Mixing the suit with a crisp white shirt and Mary Jane shoes adds a touch of class and femininity to a strong look.
Jennifer Lawrence is always stunning, whether dressed up for a premiere, on a designer photoshoot or relaxing in her (very limited!) free time. Layering is a great approach to autumn fashion; a flannel shirt like this one from Asos, with your favourite jeans and a beanie (try this Replay one from House of Fraser) will keep you warm and looking as cool as Jennifer. To go for this look, keep accessories minimal and let the clothes do the talking.
As U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson is all about blurring the lines between masculine and feminine – and this extends as far as her own fashion choices. This monochrome outfit is a flattering look for Emma; the cigarette trousers lengthen her legs and the tuxedo-style jacket nips her in at the waist, showing her curves a little to prevent it becoming too manly. Adding a slick of bright red lipstick to the otherwise simple look gives her a lift and prevents her from looking too mature. All in all, a fabulous look for multi-talented Emma to wear for film promotion (as she did earlier this year for Noah), but equally suitable for addressing the U.N.
Hollywood favourite Kristen has a bit of a chequered sartorial history. She has the ability to look stunning, but she has made a few fashion faux-pas in the past. Kirsten always looks fantastic when she’s dressed down, and this boyfriend shirt is a great look for her. Wearing it open over a plain top stops the outfit becoming too try-hard, and the glasses add a geek-chic touch to finish the look off.
Tabloid favourite Kate Moss has been a style icon since the 90s. Her unique twists on current trends are frequently copied and this is no exception. Kate teamed her fitted blazer and trousers with a music tee and trainers on a night out at Chiltern Firehouse in September. Minimal makeup and accessories, and loose locks added to the casual effect. Music tees have been around for a while now – if you want a music tee to dress down your suit, perhaps this Pink Floyd one from Urban Outfitters would fit the bill and help you to nail two trends in one simple outfit.
This boyish edgy look is a great one for Cara Delevigne (although, let’s face it, she looks amazing whatever she wears). Her simple top and jeans accentuate her boyish figure, while the biker jacket and boots and oversized headphones add a grungy edge. Topping the outfit with a bright coloured hat keeps the look fresh. Loose locks and red nails add a little feminine touch to an otherwise androgynous look.
Like Cara, Rihanna has gone for a plain top and jeans for a casual look. Her jacket brings a touch of androgyny to her look, and gives a nod to the 90s trend. Adding blue lipstick wouldn’t work for everyone, but it is a stunning look for Rihanna, when coupled with her cropped, boyish locks.
Katy Perry was spotted recently in this relaxed, androgynous outift. Head to toe sportswear isn’t for everyone, but Katy pulls it off in style! Her 90s style tracksuit is reminiscent of those sported by Oasis, but she has added oversized sunglasses and a chain-strap bag to dress it up a little, and remind us of her star status.
Keira’s willowy frame is ideally suited for wearing androgynous styles, as she proved earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Faded jeans and brown Doc Marten boots are a classic mix for winter. Keira teamed them with a navy military style coat for maximum style points, and kept her accessories minimal for a simple, classic look.
Ellen Page is well known for her strong will and unusual film choices. The star, who came out as a lesbian earlier this year, never fails to disappoint on the red carpet, and this year’s Oscars were no different. Ellen wore a sharp, tailored suit, with a white shirt, black skinny tie and a chequered pocket handkerchief. Simple make-up and loose hair added a little femininity to an otherwise completely masculine look.
Androgynous looks are a classic, and reappear on the catwalks and red carpets every few years. Whether a classic suit or a dressed-down jeans and tee combo, there is something for everyone.