Androgynous fashion is the balance of masculine and feminine aesthetics as well as the result of playing with contrast and symmetries; on the other hand, minimalism holds on the principle of less is more. If you’re a woman and wish to look androgynous with a feminine twist on any given time, you must learn how to minimize some of the feminine aspects of your style, and be skillful in mixing-and-matching menswear items that create a unique style.
From Sydney, Australia, Kaitlyn Ham is a style blogger and a master of androgynous fashion with a minimalist touch. Kaitlyn described her style as always needing a little ‘off’ about her outfit to keep it from being too feminine or one-dimensional but keeps it comfortable, classic, and edgy. Her blog, Modern Legacy served as her portfolio on introducing her low-key and laid-back aesthetic.
You may start small by exploring unisex accessories. For instance, you may pick an androgynous hat like a trilby hat or a fedora hat rather than a wide-brim hat so you can get that menswear feeling. Also, ranch hats, baseball caps, beanies, are great hat styles for your androgynous look as well. Men’s watches look great when mixed with other feminine bracelets. Men’s accessories like ties, bow-ties, suspenders as well as a structured bag or a tote bag that resembles a stylish briefcase will really help to tie your look together. As for footwear, there are so many styles such as brogues, oxfords, loafers, converse, slip-on sandals, and Birkenstocks that can be a perfect way to gain that androgynous look. Anything will do as long as it’s not too flashy or girly.
Button down shirts, oversized sweaters, tank tops, tuxedos, and suits are a great preference to give your any outfit an instant cool edge. But remember, androgynous inspired does not mean sloppy or baggy clothing. So, mix masculine items with tailored pieces. Since minimalism means less is more, you may pay attention to the simplicity of your ensembles like styles, tailoring, and design. Like Kaitlyn, you may opt for neutral tones and avoid flashy colors. You may still sport some prints, but be sure it’s not too loud or busy that will take away the minimalist touch to your outfit.
You may still bare some skin in a demure way by wearing a sports bra as outerwear or a tube top as your base; then just throw in a jacket, cardigan, or a suit like Kaitlyn did. She even paired her sexy tops with jogger pants and wide-leg pants.
Though you may still wear skinny fit of pants, loose fit pants like culottes, boyfriend jeans, Bermuda shorts, and straight leg pants are a better option. Skirt may be worn too, but to avoid looking too feminine, opt for a loose fit like accordion skirts, maxi skirts, and such. Leather skirts in any style add some edge to your androgynous look.
Since Yves Saint Laurent, introduced “Le Smoking” as a female tuxedo, men pieces like tuxedos and suits are no longer considered as a masculine garment. The key is in the tailoring and quality that fit you perfectly. It’s really captivating seeing a woman in a tuxedo that has been designed to fit her figure perfectly. Like Kaitlyn, you may wear a female tuxedo or even men’s in your style. Just polish your looks with boots, sneakers, brogues, or oxfords.
Androgynous style doesn’t mean skipping the dress. Just pick a loose fit and stay away from a bodycon style that’s made to hug your figure and flaunt your curves. Kaitlyn opted for a loose shirtdress and maxi dress and just balanced the style with a leather jacket and masculine footwear.
Though androgynous fashion is a major trend right now, it’ll remain timeless if you style it in a minimalist way. Like Kaitlyn, be bold and brave on your style choices and show your timeless elegance in your androgynous style with a touch of minimalism.