The Curious Case Of Cross Dressing

The Perfect wedding picture. :’)
Credits: Anmol Kshetriyum 
There has always been a certain sense of stigma associated with the concept of cross-dressing but over the years fashion has evolved greatly and the concepts of what men and women should wear have largely merged into each other. I personally love the way we’re evolving into this generation of like-minded equal individuals where the concept of androgyny is more accepted than it used to be (at least in the world of fashion). It sort of started sometime around Annie Hall, but in the past couple of years it has finally started taking over the streets and more importantly over men than women (don’t forget those skirts on Marc Jacobs!) Here’s a roundup on what you can borrow from the opposite sex’s wardrobe and add a little edge and eccentricity to your look.

Credits: Bhavna Nagpal
Credits: Bhavna Nagpal

 MEN

Do not shy away from experimenting with accessories for women, especially some tribal-inspired (silver and bronze) neck-pieces. They go very well with crisp solid-colored shirts or the ones with minimal designs. Anklets also work very well as necklaces, since they’re chunky, versatile, and mostly minimalistic. Scarves and printed shirts from the women’s section can sometimes be a lot better option to opt for over the ones in men’s section. You’ll find a lot of variety in terms of prints and colors relative to the blacks, blues and checks in the men’s section. Kantha jackets with quirky prints can as well work great for a casual outing. I’m obsessed with the Indian ikat and it is high time men experiment with these fabrics and use them to make kurtas and shirts. We all owe Marc Jacobs for making the concept of cross-dressing more practical than ever. We love how he’s made the skirt look stylish and more importantly ‘okay’ to be worn by men. Wedged sneakers and platform shoes from the women’s section won’t only help you add a few inches but can also work amazingly well for a casual laid-back look.

WOMEN

There’s relatively more inspiration for women out there when it comes to androgyny. Like I said, it sort of started with Annie Hall, and in recent times that one woman who pulls of androgyny like no one does is Tilda Swinton. Her short pixie hair-cut adds all the more drama to her sartorial choices. Rihanna’s puff sleeved tux is one of my all-time favorite look of hers on the red-carpet. Our very own Sonam Kapoor has also scored amazingly well in this department. I’ve always had a thing for over-sized boxy clothes, and women can do so much with them. Check-shirts and boyfriend jeans can be super-chic for college. Jackets from the men’s section have a crisp tailoring and can work super-well to add structure to your body. Then there are shirt-dresses, bow ties, sneakers, loafers, and more over-sized shirts to choose from. Broaden your horizons and never shy away from experimenting.
Absolutely loving my gals in here. The stance, the pose. Everything! :*Credits: Anmol Kshetriyum

I’m not really sure if we can refer to this as cross-dressing or is it just men borrowing from the women’s wardrobe and vice-versa. I’ve always had issues with labels. They’re always complicated and sometimes politically incorrect. Fashion is also about expression and there are way too many of them to label. So let’s just have fun with the clothes and keep ourselves away from naming them. After all in the end the only thing that matters is originality and happiness.

Peace in!

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