“Why don’t you dress like a girl?” Was the question I got asked on my first day of primary school when I rocked up with my teenage mutant ninja turtles rucksack which was almost the size of me. Despite the fact I had tiny shiny patent shoes, platted skirt and frilly socks the rucksack was what my classmates honed in on. I was wearing it because I liked and I have stuck by that principle ever since.
I don’t care what side of the shop or section of a website clothes come from, if it catches my eye I will buy it. My style has always incorporated more traditionally masculine elements, not only because I think they look cool but also because I have never been one to sit still and male clothing, generally, is much more practical and hard wearing.
I have spoken preciously about how “pretty” just doesn’t appeal to me, so even some of the more hardwearing sports brands which have female options don’t work for me. Most still seem to be stuck on making many of their options with a flash or pink, floral detailing or are tight fitting which I don’t feel comfortable in; I would rather stick to the oversized male versions, which are also often much cheaper.
This outfit is typical of my style; I am wearing unisex Vans trainers, unisex Cheap Monday jeans, a Killstar bodysuit, a mans Adidas jacket* and a full face of makeup – perfect for a long day of exploring in Amsterdam.
I think we are sold a very limited ideal of what is masculine and feminine, but I love those that blur the boundaries. I embrace being flat chested by not wearing bras but wearing ‘boys’ clothing does not make me less of a women, in the same way that a guy wearing makeup or heels does make him less of man.
I believe that once those items hit your basket they no longer sit in categories of menswear or womenswear, they are yours no matter what your sex. I think there needs to be less focus on labels in fashion; whether it is male, female or the size, buy what works for you and makes you feel awesome.
Having worked in menswear fashion I feel confident in knowing what works for me, often I find myself in the gents department or scrolling the pages of websites such as Scotts to pick up staple pieces from brands that I love.
I don’t make a statement with my clothing, I just wear what makes me feel comfortable, confident and fits in with my busy lifestyle; so next time you can’t find what you are looking for why not try a different department?
*I got to choose Adidas Jacket as a complimentary item from the Scotts website but, as always, all opinions and words are my own