June 9, 2009
Androgyny in fashion might be yesterday’s news, but it’s always nice to see fresh takes on the idea. Accessories are a great way to push the envelope in androgyny; the fact that they’re not as huge and look-defining as, say, a coat or a shirt means that a guy can go intensely feminine on one accessory as an accent piece without looking like he’s cross-dressing.
Robert Geller floral pattern bangle – The embossed flowers work to soften the almost rusty-looking brass bangle.
Alksndlia antiqued silver+onyx ring - I like pieces of jewelry that look as if they come with powers.
Rust cameo ring – Every woman and her bank-working aunt seemed to have a cameo necklace in the 90s. Now you can wear one on your finger!
Lad Musician big chambray brooch – Truth be told, if it didn’t have the label “Lad Musician” attached to it, I wouldn’t even think of wearing a huge pale purplish blue fabric chrysanthemum on my jacket.
But the fact that it’s made out of chambray, a traditional workwear fabric, and the way it was styled (pinned on to a denim jacket) really makes it quite appealing to me. It’s a more rugged, modern take on the fresh flower boutonniere.
Lad Musician foiled kangaroo leather brooch – Now this one, I had to take a second and third look at to figure out what it was.
It somewhat reminded me of those 24k gold-dipped orchid brooches from Singapore that one of my elementary school teachers was particularly fond of wearing:
The brooch makes quite a bold, garish statement, and is a textural wonder up close.
It has a more pared-down cousin which, though more subtle, is still pretty eye-catching:
Lad Musician small foiled kangaroo leather brooch in gunmetal
It would make the perfect complement to my fictitious wardrobe bursting with subtly androgynous pieces from Dries and Lanvin.