Androgynous Fashion Guide to Defy Gender Norms in Style

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Androgynous fashion is the best way to express non-binary gender identity, but most people – even celebrities – get the style wrong, often with embarrassing consequences.

As an androgyne who has worked in fashion all my life, I hope my guide on dressing androgynous (best clothes, footwear, and accessories) helps.

And as a bonus, I’ll share five of my favorite androgynous designers I wear, and I think you’ll also love to wear them.

1. Clothing

Androgynous Clothing

Generally, it is best to wear loose bottoms if you have a female body type.

That’s because tight pants tend to show off curves, and that’s the opposite of what the androgynous look is about.

Male jeans (boyfriend jeans) are a great option, paired with an oversized Preppy style navy jacket or a large cardigan for a streetwear effect.




A loose top will hide your figure better than something super-fitted.

For a more office look, wear button-up shirts for men.

Wear the shirts under a cardigan and pair them with ‘boyfriend jeans’ and canvas sneakers.

The canvas sneaker will cool your office look and keep it casual.

If you have a male body type, wear feminine fabrics whenever you can.

Androgynous Clothing
Androgynous Clothing (thevou.com)

Choose garments made from soft fabrics, such as lace, silk, satin, and velvet.

Also, when possible, wear Old Money style tailored tops.

Cardigans or oversized jackets over t-shirts, paired with jeans and sneakers, create an excellent everyday androgynous look.

For a more powerful statement, you can wear a semi-transparent blouse.

Harry Styles androgynous look
Harry Styles Wearing Gucci on the Red Carpet. (thevou.com)

Just pair it with vaporous trousers of the same material, similar color, and heel shoes.

Choosing the right color is also important in androgynous clothing.

The classic androgynous look is built on neutral tones: black, white, and subtle shades of grey.

Yes, an occasional splash of color can amp up your look, especially if you’re going for once-dedicated men’s apparel.




2. Accessories

Androgynous Accessories

Most hats and scarves are already perceived as gender-neutral, so these are the best accessories to amplify the androgynous look.

You can wear a fedora, newsboy cap, trapper, or baseball hat.

Whether you choose a hat or scarf, wear them when you need to break down an overpowering, unified style.




3. Makeup

Androgynous Makeup

As an androgyne, your makeup has to be a blend of subtle and bold elements.

Similar elements are also present in Korean beauty standards.

For example, you can use matte powder to create a natural look.

Then, go for a bold brow by accentuating length and thickness, but not too much.

Finally, to achieve that bold statement, go for intense red lipstick.

The red of your lips will create a beautiful contrast with your neutral apparel choices, turning people’s heads in admiration.




4. Hairstyle

Androgynous Hairstyle

Last but not least, androgynous hairstyle.

Short hair is recommended, especially for those with female features.

Some of the most suitable hairstyles are the pixie and the buzz cut.

You can also go for a side mohawk.

The side mohawk hairstyle adds extra edginess to your overall look.

Androgynous Hairstyle
Androgynous Hairstyle (thevou.com)

For those with more masculine features, longer haircuts would be preferred.

However, you do not have to have short or long hair to have an androgynous look.

It depends much more on your chosen clothes and where you get them.




5 Androgynous Fashion Designers

The following androgynous clothing designers are rocking the unisex and gender-free apparel stage.

Without further ado, these are their stories and why customers love them so much.

1. Toogood

Toogood Androgynous Fashion

Toogood is a British androgynous label launched by two sisters, Faye and Erica.

The duo’s creations are not only gender-neutral but also sustainably made.

Designed and made in Britain, Toogood’s collections emphasized sustainability while leaving conformity and convention behind.

I love the label and recommend it for its broad lines oozing a practical/functional look.

2. Wildfang

Wildfang Androgynous fashion

Wildfang is, according to its founders – Emma Mcilroy, Taralyn Thuot, and Julia Parsley – a “tomboy-chic brand with a feminist ethos.”

I love Wildfang’s wide range of androgynous clothing, workwear, and garments made to look like they were designed for the men’s section.




3. Telfar

Telfar Androgynous Fashion

Telfar was launched in 2005 under the motto: “Not for You, for Everyone.”

Nowadays, Telfar has become a globally recognized androgynous label.

While the brand’s exceptional collections still include some animal leather belts and hats, the brand is shifting fast towards a cruelty-free ethos.

I love this New York-based label for its cozy hoodies and vegan leather bags.

4. One DNA

One DNA Androgynous Fashion

Hailing from New York, a city that supports gender-fluid movements, ‘One DNA‘ has become the front house of androgynous and gender-neutral fashion.

With an early focus on unisex clothing, One DNA rescued androgynes thanks to its gender barrier-breaking fashion styles.

I love One DNA for its gorgeous androgynous apparel, suitable for all body sizes and shapes.




5. Chelsea Bravo

Chelsea Bravo Androgynous Fashion

Chelsea Bravo is an androgynous fashion designer based in London, UK.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Chelsea’s androgynous designs focus on the body’s motions and its fluidity within the clothing.

Moreover, using natural materials such as organic cotton and hemp, Chelsea Bravo creates elegant garments that blend style with sustainability for a more mindful fashion.

What is Androgynous Fashion?

From the Latin ‘androgyne, a mix of male and female physical characteristics, androgynous fashion describes mixed-gender clothing and accessories that express non-binary gender identity.

Androgynous fashion avoids constructing a visual distinction between masculine and feminine physical characteristics and, therefore, is neither feminine nor masculine but gender-inclusive and sexually neutral.

Androgynous Fashion Definition
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8 COMMENTS

    • Nonbinary here; I’ve found this article an excellent source of historical facts and styles. Sun, care to share what’s INSULTING or inaccurate to you?

  1. When you realize how much people biker about what makes one androgynous, you no longer care. And, it is hard to argue with them but that’s just life. I am androgynous and I couldn’t care how people define me, I just enjoy fashion as I want, when I want. Anyway, great stuff, just great, thanks for the article, founds some amazing designers here.

  2. A great guide to androgynous fashion, love the androgynous clothing designers’ addition in the article, as now I know what to buy, and where to buy from.

  3. Been on the androgynous spectrum all my life. This article would be more helpful if it showed curvy androgynous folx. It is weird as well to see a how to on dressing androgynous. If you are then you already know how to dress that way.

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