This week, I am sharing how I utilize styling as a vehicle to balance the duality between the masculine parts of my identity with the feminine parts of my identity. For those of you who want to learn to release your inner tomboy or incorporate a more masculine edge in your wardrobe, this week’s blog is for you.
Balancing duality simply means utilizing garments that have a masculine edge and fusing it with a feminine aesthetic. For this look, I started from the bottom and worked my way up. These Zara khaki green boots were my centerpiece. I appreciated the architecture of the boot; starting from its long shaft, lug sole, and green earth tone hue.
To juxtapose the boots’ masculine aesthetic, I added a dash of chic by incorporating a Boohoo mini baby doll dress- which had a personality of its own. Notably, the polka dots and pink flower pattern, the frilled layering across the chest, wrist, and bottom of the dress and the mock neck added a pop of character to this ensemble.
I thrifted the sea-green coat liner from Black and Brown: Vintage & Modern Clothing in San Jose, CA. The coat’s bulky fit added a masculine layer. In fact, it’s sea green color paired well with the khaki green boots and also offered a bit of uniformity to complete the overall look. Though the function of coat liners are to be worn under jackets, it can also be worn independently. It’s lightweight, quilted design and color make it an ideal fall wardrobe addition.
My favorite part about balancing duality when styling is taking the risk of pairing garments that are on the opposite ends of the gender spectrum. As you continue to enhance or establish your sense of style, always remember that your style should be reflective of your personality, interests and sources of inspiration. Try not to limit yourself and don't be afraid to take risks.
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Peace and Love,