HOPE News trouser | purchased this time last year on sale at Steven Alan
JAMES PERSE casual tee | OLD
EVERLANE cashmere Cardigan | received for review, no longer available
EVERLANE Loafers | received for review, I took my true size
Apparently, my style is androgynous. I’ve seen it referred to as such a couple of different places, and although at first, I was shocked to see it, I do admit that my style has definitely shifted in that direction lately.
I’ve never been a particularly feminine dresser, but I’ve never thought of myself as an androgynous dresser either. I blame the sneakers. I think my style started to shift this way when I got my Vince sneakers in 2013 – they sort of masculinize everything, don’t they? As do boyfriend jeans, oversized sweaters, and these slouchy Hope pants. Loafers too. Hmmm…
As the weather warms up, I’ll put on my fitted JP dresses and sandals, and dress like a girl again. I always tend to favor more boho in the summer, although I’ve been shifting away from that also, towards more shapeless, minimal pieces all year round. My, how style changes over the years…Perhaps I’ll do a retrospective sometime, because it truly is amazing, I think, to me anyway, how everything has changed, even just in the last five years.
Ah! The beauty of it 🙂
I really like this look. I think it’s very chic. And I love tough boots or menswear-style shoes like oxfords, so I get where you’re coming from. 🙂 I wore my Kate Spade Pella loafers home for the holidays and my dad commented that he had shoes just like those, and with a sort of sigh/chuckle “Women wear men’s shoes now?” ;-P
I love this look on you, it really is effortless chic! My style changes quite a lot, through the seasons too. Like you I definitely take on a more bohemian style in the summer and more masculine one in the winter…although at the moment, its ssooooooooooooooooooo cold that I look more like Michelin man with all my layers!
Grechen Reiter says
haha!! my husband says that too…needless to say, he’s not a fan of my androgynous look. i don’t “do” sexy androgynous….
i keep thinking i’d like to try oxfords, but i’m not sure i’d love them on me. i prefer shoes that don’t come up so high on my foot.
Androgynous? I don’t know. I’d call it simple chic or chic simple (Remember those books? I still have them!).
I love the idea of a tenth anniversary retrospective. You’ve changed, your style has changed, and even location!
Man o man, I want some James Perse, but I’m just too big right now (saving grace?!?).
Did you see that GAP has tried to dupe the Everlane loafers? I saw them in-store last weekend.
First comment ever but love your blog. Your post reminds me of when a friend worried about her mother in law making comments over the clothes her toddler daughter was wearing. She said her in law felt they were dressing her in “boy” clothes. I said if a girl is wearing them then they are girl clothes, full stop.
I know what you mean about dressing like a girl again in summer..but it is food for thought thinking about how we genderize clothing. I like this post of yours and I think your clothes are purposeful and comfortable and stylish.
I also don’t think this style is particularly androgynous, but I guess I can see how people might. I’ve been gravitating more toward this look as well, as it feels modern, unfussy, and elegant. Five years ago, I wouldn’t touch pants with a ten foot pole, but now I feel like I wear my dresses less and less, and the ones I do wear are long and shapeless. My husband calls it “bag-wear” haha. It’s comfortable and elegant though! Husbands (all straight men?) I think in general prefer a “sexier” look but hey, saving it for special occasions makes them appreciate it! Every couple of months or so I’ll put on some lingerie and that does the trick 😉 Anyway, you look amazing, (And I toooooootally feel you on the oxfords — I’ve tried and tried to love them but there’s something about how high up they come on the foot that makes my legs look really short, because, well, they ARE really short!)
Grechen Reiter says
you’re right, maybe this outfit specifically isn’t so androgynous, but my style does seem to be moving in that direction quite a bit lately. and when i see links to my site on forums, etc., my style is generally referred to as “androgynous” – which is, I suppose, what got me thinking about it….because honestly, i never considered it to be.
yes, my husband can be very funny about what i wear, overall, i think what it comes down to is that he wants to see my body reflected in what i wear. which i certainly appreciate.