Celebrating Masculine Trends
Teaming masculine and feminine silhouettes can make an outfit individual. But with the recent upheaval in tailoring and with many women now choosing to turn to suits, androgynous fashion has never been more accepted in high-street stores and by the public.
Award shows have never been a true exhibition of self expression, or acceptance. Often they can exhibit the worst in the media and limelight. With each outlet ready to penalise a women for standing out, or similarly pitting celebrities up against each other due to their physical appearance or sartorial choices. But what made the recent VMA awards slightly different was an honest transcript from Pink.
In the speech she confessed how her daughter saw herself to be 'ugly' due to her masculinity, to which her mother replied:
With the recent influx in tailoring and the revival of the female buzz cut, it seems obvious that we [the general public] should celebrate who we are as individuals, rather than dwelling on what the media may say about us. This is something that fashion can help with; to present confidence, and provide a big middle finger to what others may think.
Sartorialism and tailoring are fashion staples which are dominant in my wardrobe. As much as tailoring can be seen as understated and often the 'boring' part of an outfit, they can also be a piece which dominate an outfit and make it powerful.
In every aspect trousers have been snowballing through the high-street in the past season. If you forget about denim, the straight leg cigarette trouser has been replicated through most of the high-street stores including: Topshop, ASOS, & Other Stories and H&M. But what is so versatile about the straight leg trouser is that they can they be found in almost every colour and pattern.
Exclusively wide-leg trousers have been photographed more than any other statement piece on street-style blogs during fashion weeks alike than ever before. Proving that they are a statement piece, and that they are likely to be trending for a while.
Pushing both the trends together, suits and wide-leg trousers, the inevitable reinvention of the wide-leg trouser suit has been claimed by many designers through the past Spring/Summer season. But it has been championed by Victoria Beckham in most of her last collection.
Although suits have been holding the runway for the past couple of seasons now and have been gracing the catwalks from designers such as: Jacquemus, Alexa Chung, Rochas, Tibi and Acne. Proving that they have a ability to be high-end or more accessible through high-street stores.
The house that has made the most impact on the feminine perspective of the suit has to be the past Gucci season; which led to the influence of the clashing floral suit, then seen throughout Ports 1961, H&M and Marques Almeida. Gucci deconstructed the masculinity of the suit and made it a casual piece for everyday women.
What has made the suit so successful is that is can be worn individually or together. Without holding the dreaded virtue that, something can't be worn more than twice.
The suit itself is also extremely commercially viable. Due to its multiple pieces [trousers and jacket], it can allow for a higher budget; a suit may cost, in Topshop, around £110 together, but individually the separates are getting more wearability for their worth. Additionally along with this, it can also be worn throughout seasons; teamed with pieces used throughout the seasons.
The fashion industry seems to have been playing within trends this past season, with the similar trend of 80's power dressing also pushing its way through onto the high-street. What is obvious is that the suiting trend is not nearing its end, and with the coming Winter season they are sure to be making their way into your wardrobe soon.