Fashion For All
by Gayborhood on 11/02/2011 - 01:36 pm
If the Devil wears Prada and the clothes make the man, then this “top of the pile” girl is certainly out of her league when it comes to fashion. For pointers, I turned to the madly fashionable folks at Gayborhood. They instantly pointed me to boutiques, malls and away I went.
For gay men, I was ushered South to Atlanta. Here it’s Boy Next Door Menswear and Brushstrokes (for fun t-shirts and such). Express, Kenneth Cole, Gucci and Versace were on the list. Oh, and apparently, every gay man should own at least one pair of premium jeans (according to web surveys).
I really appreciate the weekend attire of plaid shorts and collared shirts for road trips and sporty events. Gay men are typically the best dressed people at the party as they accessorize like no other. How can I argue with pin stripe and argyle?
“Queer Eye for the Straight Girl/Guy” is available as a starting point for Straighties like me. Of course, when it comes to do’s and don’ts, it doesn’t particularly matter if you are gay, straight, bi, or lesbian. If you have it, you have it. But let’s all band together for the greater fashion good, shall we?
Today’s lesbian is femme couture, dressed in everything from Urban OG to Zara, Banana Republic, Levi’s and Gap. Harley Davidson still makes the list and I was informed that a number of lesbian styles originate on “Sex And The City”, who’s costume designer was a lesbian. Lipstick Lesbians and L.A. tomboy are two of the newer terms that refer to the more feminine donned women. As seen on the tv, the popular series “The L Word” also shows that there are no limits to female fashion. These women are daring, sexy and dressed to kill!
In the lesbian ailsle, a look into recent history shows us the t-shirt, leather, ties and tux suits. Cowboy/biker boots and open toed sandals were in the spotlight for the last decade. Long shag hair seemed to be the trend for the lesbian hairdo. Back to the 60’s and 70’s, the androgenous look swept the community. Then in the 80's, the lesbian stereotype emerged, only a dolled up version. Drag kings came along in the 90’s and in the 2000’s, gay women sported everything from expensive pantsuits to dresses, male looks and crossover fashions.
Varied and beautiful, there is an obvious influence of the LGBT style into the fashion circles of the gay and straight communities. No longer are views on gay and lesbian styles stifling. Many women assert that they are better equipped to design women’s clothing, coming at the female figure from an intuitive level. Men are encouraged to play with gender roles, depending on their preference and style.
Though I’m a long way from Project Runway, I hope we're all one step closer to being a little more fashion savvy. This is Straighty Says, and I’ll shoot it to you Straight!!!