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Anonymous asked: Hi, as a petite (I am 5’4” with 110-115 lbs) female with androgynous style, I’m having a hard time finding a suit that would fit me perfectly. I crave skinny crisp look rather than baggy look. I was thinking maybe I could get a three-piece suit set from topman and get it altered/tailored to fit me better, but I’m still not sure and I’m running out of time! Do you have any recommendations or any tips?
Courtney says: The Topman option is always excellent. Depending on the suit you get you may not need to have it tailored, but tailoring will of course always enhance the look of any suit. I love the fit of Topman vests. I have also had great luck with H&M suits. They are reasonably priced, slim, short enough in the jacket, and go down to small enough sizes to fit my shoulders (I am a size 34 in jackets). I do have to hem the pants, but once hemmed they fit wonderfully. The sleeves also need to be taken in sometimes, but that is easy work for most tailors, and for your height possibly not necessary. I am also generally fond of the look of J. Crew suiting, though I have never worn it myself, and their sizes tend to run slim and small enough to fit more petite people.
If you are looking for more of a staple option for work or something of that sort, and have more money to spend on something higher quality, there are a plethora of new *menswear suiting options available, such as Kipper Clothiers, Tomboy Tailors, and Saint Harridan. A custom or tailored suit will always look better on you than one off the rack, and even Saint Harridan’s OTR suiting will be more likely to fit better on FAAB, trans*, and genderqueer bodies. Indochino is a great custom menswear clothier, friendly to queers and reviewed by Sonny in this post. A good tailor will also be able to alter a classic menswear suit from places like Bachrach or Jos. A. Bank, though tailoring has been definitely necessary for me in regard to those sorts of suits. I have, however, experienced excellent customer service from both places, surprisingly enough.
Good luck! Send us a submission when you’re suited up — we’d love to see what you come up with!
Author | Sonny
Hey students, finals are approaching! Have you not left your dorm room in a week in a desperate attempt to memorize the difference between Basalt and Gabbro rocks? Taking inspiration from my straight tomboy coworker’s style, as well as the Durimel twins, and what celebrities wear on their days off, I’m ready to give you some style ideas for your cram period. If there’s one thing I learned from college, it’s that dressing well boosts your confidence, and that can translate to better grades.
Sweat pants are in right now, so what better thing to wear when studying? Your school store probably has some athletic ones, but if you’re looking for a fashion look, try ASOS:
ASOS Skinny Sweatpant, $36.30
Who has time to style their hair when they’re studying? Throw on a cap and look super cute while hovering over your books. Thrift stores can be a dangerous place to get new head gear, so you could take two routes: A beanie (but if you’re gonna go beanie, go bright.) Nef is a pop-oo-lar choice:
Sweatshirts. Duh. But, where to go? American Apparel sucks. H&M is the obvious choice. Your school store with overpriced school sweatshirts is another good one. But, have you met Uniqlo? The place with cheap basics that are small enough for the modern day queer? They have $20 sweatshirts in all the colors with cute little crew neck designs. And again, GO BRIGHT! I mean, god, it’s finals. Studying is boring enough without boring clothes.
Men’s sweat long sleeve shirt, $19.90 at Uniqlo
(from this amazing blog)
But Timberlands are also pretty comfy and will last you many-a winters, while also looking rad with your casual studying attire:
Oversized coats. You just kinda throw it over everything when you jet out to grab more waffles from the cafeteria. (I mean, with fruit on top, of course.)
Don’t forget that lots of stores have student discounts, sometimes up to 20% off! Make sure to check out the deals, because sometimes they aren’t advertised prominently on the site.
"Hey there Qwear! I’m Mo from over at polycule (queer & relationship blogging) sharing an outfit from my first exploration into queer dapperism. I only recently came out as genderqueer and this was the first time I was able to do a formal event — a wedding in this case — without actually wearing a dress. It was terrifying and amazing and I felt awesome! And also wanted to shoot a big thanks to all the queer fashion bloggers, namely Qwear, for aiding in my confidence to express myself. For a long time I struggled a lot with dressing the way I really want because of my very feminine curves, but once I started exploring how fashion can really work well for you, it all worked out and I was the best-looking dude at that wedding.”
Shirt: H&M men’s, premium cotton line
Tie: H&M skinny black
Pants: Topman ultra skinny dress pant (and favorite pair of pants I own now. Perfect blend of fitted without too feminine).*
Shoes: Target, Women’s Xhilaration® Lata Oxford Flat
A few weeks ago we heard from a FTM trans person who got advice from A.D. on how to dress feminine while still passing. Right after that post, another anon wrote in, “I kind of want to ask the same question as the ftm person, but in reverse? I’m mtf trans and I’d love to rock some more masculine styles that still allow me to pass, but I’m not really sure how to pull that off.” I forwarded the question to Viv, our butch trans woman in residence, and she had some wonderful things to say. - Sonny
Riding the Binary Line As A Trans Woman
By Guest Blogger Viv Taylor
Friend, you are speaking my language. I too am a trans lady who enjoys her access to a wide range of gender presentations while still identifying strongly as a woman.
I’m not going to sugar coat this: dressing in a more traditionally masculine way, presenting in a more traditionally masculine way, there’s a good possibility that it will occasionally cause people to misgender you. It can be deeply unpleasant, it can be quite insulting, but it happens. The trick, I think, is to find way to ride the line between binary gender presentations, to find ways expressing kinds of strength and beauty and whatever other attributes you find meaningful in ways that work for you.
Have courage friend, we’re going to talk through this. Let’s start out with some easy ways to add some more masculine touches to your wardrobe, then we’ll talk about how to counter the misgendering.
Try to find some nice button-up shirts. It sounds simple, but there are few things as versatile and sharp looking as a good button-up. A well-cut Oxford cloth shirt will take you a long way. For more colorful button downs, I’ve had good luck with H&M (although I also hear questionable things about their labor practices, so think carefully about where you shop.) One of the benefits with H&M is that they sell attractive button downs designed for people with breasts in sizes 12-16, meaning that if you happen to be somebody who’s a little taller or have shoulders that are a little wider (somebody like me for instance), you’ve got access to clothes that still look good on you.
Fitted Shirt, $19.95 at H&M
Speaking of breasts, I find that it’s very important to have a properly sized bra. Weirdly, I have found Macy’s to be a pretty trans-positive place to buy bras and get them fitted. As a company they have a strong trans inclusion policy and in my experience have been polite and helpful. Having the right bra will help both with your comfort and will improve the fit of a lot of cloths. That better fit can go a long way toward ensuring that people read you how you want to be read.
Now, once you have bra and button-up that fit, I find a good place to go next is to an attractive blazer. L.L. Bean sells some of my favorite women’s blazers. I have one in charcoal that I feel brings about the right amount of butch energy to a lot of outfits. I would love to try one of their tweed jackets, but have not yet. These blazers are great because they can work when you’re femmeing it up as well as when you’re playing more traditionally masculine. They’re right at that edge.
Donegal Tweed Blazer, Herringbone, at L.L. Bean for
Next, get yourself a good pair of black leather boots. Your footwear is your foundation and you want to have a strong one. I’ve recently started wearing a pair of Sivertons from Keen, and I’m a big fan. They’re comfortable enough to walk miles in and they look amazing with minimal care. You can combine them with more traditionally masculine styles for a nice tough look, or with more femme styles for a certain kind of put togetherness.
Once you get a few things that work for you, just try mixing and matching to dial up the masculinity of your look. By playing with it, you can find a good middle place for yourself. I actually like to take more time to do make up and hair when I’m looking overall butcher, sometimes wear a little bit more jewelry just to complicate the picture.
The trick is to have fun, to dance around the boundaries.