Androgyny: In or Out?

By Elena Cattalani
Photo Dior Spring/Summer 2014

As society’s definition of masculine and feminine evolves into a wider acceptance of ideas, fashion has always been intrigued with the idea of gender roles. The fashion world has witnessed this trend popularized by models such as Agyness Deyn and Casey Legler – the first woman signed by Ford Models to exclusively model menswear.

Designers Rad Hourani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Acne, Comme des Garçons, Alexander Wang, and Saint Laurent have solidified this trend and will always be leaders with androgynous applications; separating clothing from gender. Celebrities, of course, have emerged as well sporting shorter-than-ever haircuts paired with masculine apparel while embracing their inner-confidence or perhaps simply rebelling against traditional gender norms.

Gaultier Fahion Sprind 2014 Her Cit yLifestyle Elena

Jean Paul Gaultier, Spring/Summer 2014

The big question, however, is will fashion continue to follow suit and embrace sexualized masculinity or will the craze for feminine silhouettes of the 50’s make a strong comeback? It seems to me like these looks are here to stay. As seen in various applications throughout many designer collections featured at the latest fashion week, the most important fact to take away from this is that androgyny is tastefully incorporated in most designer collections.

Aleksander Wand Spring 2014 Her City Lifestyle Alexander Wang, Spring /Summer 2014

Here are a few tips to get you started on the right track:

Fall/Winter Application

Key Elements:

● Trousers, collared shirts, blazers and suits with masculine tailoring

● Shift dresses with straight lines

● Simplistic over-sized coats and blazers with masculine tailoring

● Tailored jumpsuits as an alternative to dresses for black tie events

● Boxy leather jackets and leather pants

● Boyfriend jeans and loose fitting trousers

● Fedoras, aviators, wayfarers, large watches and oxfords

● Black, high range of greys, neutrals, and deep colors that are neither masculine nor feminine, such as inky blues, oxblood and forest green

● Solids, plaids, pinstripes and checks

Spring/Summer Application

Key Elements:

● Leather tops and dresses with straight lines and laser cut-outs

● Sweat pant inspired bottoms using unconventional fabrics such as leather or silk

● Pyjama-inspired tops and bottoms with sexless motifs like fine dots

● Boxy leather jackets, bomber/varsity jackets, and wind breaker style jackets

● Layered sweaters, jerseys and unisex basics

● Boyfriend jeans, straight cut jeans and loose jean or flannel button ups

● Visors and baseball caps in unconventional fabrics and patterns, sporty sunglasses, sneakers, running shoes, and backpacks or gym-type duffel bags

● Predominantly black, white and grey tones with some bright blues, oranges, and greens, as well as iridescent and metallic finishes

● Solids, color-blocking or items sporting brand labels (Adidas, Nike, Puma etc.)


Elena Cattalani is a Toronto based fashion enthusiast focusing on fashion forecasting and general industry commentary.  Having lived in several cities and traveled around the globe, her well-rounded commentary provides readers with a thrilling ride into the future of fashion.

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Elena Cattalani

Elena Cattalani is a Toronto based fashion writer focusing on fashion forecasting and general industry commentary. Having lived in so many cities and travelled around the globe, her well-rounded commentary provides readers with a thrilling ride into the future of fashion.

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