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30.8.16

Don't Gotta Be A Man To Wear 'Menswear' ft. Fred Perry x Scotts Menswear




I love fashion. I love expressing myself, trying out new trends, silhouettes and styles and discovering what it feels to dress like 'me'. I don't feel or believe that fashion should be limited. I don't think people should be afraid to wear what they love to wear and how they want to wear it, and just because I choose to express myself one way, doesn't mean the person next to me has to do the same, but it doesn't mean that they have to be different either. Just because that same person next to me is male doesn't mean that they can't have similar taste, similar style or shop in a similar place to me. There should not be such a stigma attached to clothes - wear what ever the hell you love. There should be no such a thing as 'dressing like a boy' or 'dressing like a girl'. At the end of the day, if you're a girl and you're wearing clothes... you're dressed 'like a girl' and vise versa. Let fashion be entirely androgynous.




Scotts Menswear contacted me recently asking me if I'd be up to styling a piece from their Fred Perry collection. (Actually, they first asked me if I had a male in my life who I could get involved with wearing the piece on my blog... of course, I said no and just laughed that off whilst secretly sobbing into my pillow #aloneforever) I said yes, of course, because who doesn't love a bit of Fred Perry? and I immediately had an idea in mind of the way I wanted to go with this post. 

I love androgynous style. I love mixing more 'feminine' pieces with 'masculine' vibes (notice the quotation marks because I'm really trying not to contradict myself in this post). So, with this outfit I wanted to show that just because you're purchasing an item from a 'Menswear' store, that doesn't mean your outfit will automatically become 'manly' in anyway shape or form.  




Here I'm wearing this super comfy and slightly over-sized (I chose a size M because that was the desired fit I wanted) Fred Perry Sweatshirt. I love the navy colour and knew it would be perfect with denim jeans. 

As I said, I wanted to create an androgynous feel so opted to pair it with my grey Dorothy Perkins heels and my little shoulder bag from Mango. Adding heels to this kind of look just adds that little bit of sophistication and immediately made the look more traditionally 'feminine'. The contrast between all the pieces is something that I find so so cool and love wearing. 

However, as much as I love slipping on a pair of heels and getting all glammed up, I would absolutely love to wear this look with a pair of white trainers and a leather back pack too - something more typical to the 'menswear' vibe. This doesn't mean that the look would then instantly become 'masculine' because, as I said earlier, I'm still a girl and I'd still be wearing the clothes. 




I think it's so freeing to not have label clothes with 'men's' or 'women's'. If I want to shop in the men's section, I'll bloody well do so and that doesn't make me any less of a girl. Our minds shouldn't instantly tell us that I'm dressing 'masculine' just because I'm not wearing a pair of stilettos or twirling round in a flippy skirt - clothes should have no gender.

Enjoy expressing yourself through clothes and don't think about the stereotypes. We're in an age now where everything is becoming so much more accepted, so just be YOU. If that means that you're a guy who enjoys wearing fitted tees and styling handbags, then you go for it or if it means you're a girl who grabs for her tuxedo at prom, then you do YOU gurlll!

I'd love to know what all your opinions are on this down in the comments below because I know it's (for some reason *eye roll*) a super controversial topic right now. However, I do have to say, I'm totally with Jaden Smith on this one.... (if you have no idea who/what I'm talking about... google it!)

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8 comments:

  1. Love this!! 100% agree, I'd totally wear that jumper too!

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  2. This look really suits you Hol! You look incredible, as always xx

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  3. I love this look! I totally agree with you there shouldn't be a stigma around these! I've worn shirts, flannels, accessories that came straight from the men section! No shame in my game haha!

    Jasmine :)
    colorubold.com

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    1. YES! You can't beat 'men's section' flannel shirts! They're the best! Thanks lovely <3

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  4. I totally agree with you! The way you styled this is stunning!

    Bella x
    https://bellasfashionjournal.com/2016/09/05/kodo-collection-calm-skin-soother/

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