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From a Shirt to a Skirt: The Extremes of Androgynous Fashion

It’s one thing to take on androgynous styles like flinging on your boyfriend’s slightly oversized shirt and transforming it into a svelte shirt-dress or casually throwing on a checkered shirt atop a dress and calling it a carefree chic day. But when you take a masculine dress shirt and deconstruct it down to a distinctly feminine piece of clothing in the form of a skirt, then you’ve deftly pushed the envelope on androgyny.

Fashionably speaking, what we have here is ingenious. On first glance, I was unsure what was before me: a tattered skirt perhaps or maybe a traditional garment of Swedish culture like the kilt is to the Scottish. Curiosity got the best of me as I continued to pore over the picture a few more times and an “aha!” moment finally surfaced.

In a gutsy attempt to move away from the tedium of fashion conservatism, it came to me that this young lady from Stockholm, Sweden had decided to alter her father’s shirt into a skirt! With several folds and tucks, she was able to render a men’s dress shirt into a very complicated silhouette that serves as a skirt.

However, as I revisited the look a couple more times (I was kind of dazed and confused by it all), the complexity of the skirt became a gift and a curse. On one hand, the oddity of the skirt was a definite lure, but at the same time it seemed all too fastidious with the make-shift skirt’s undulating folds and creases.

All the same, applause is owed to the young Swede. The mere idea can only be fathomed by a few like minds—Marc Jacobs and his inverted heel pumps—that tick to the rhythm of a different drum. That being said, curiosity did kill the cat so I’m not expecting hoards of you to all of a sudden start rummaging through your boyfriends’ closet (men, breathe easy) to scrunch up his shirts into skirts, but consider this hodgepodge skirt as a rather convoluted addition to current androgynous styles women have at their disposal. Mind you, it’s not for the fainthearted!



5 best dressed at ACM

At the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas I picked my 5 best dressed celebrities. Here they are, like it or not, that’s my choice.

#5 in yellow Mischen frock and gold sandals. This season yellow is trendy but its getting on my nerves. Too much.

The DWTS star punched up her all black mod ensemble from up and coming designer Katie Ermilio with a red clutch. Classy.

The Top New Female Vocalist winner glittered in Marchesa’s delicately embroidered strapless chiffon gown. Stunning, but looks like she dressed up for her own wedding.

Fred Leighton jewels, a flapper-esque Badgley Mischka platinum sheath and metallic Rickard Shah heels. Loved the dress.

A mom to be is wearing Yves Saint Laurent’s empire waist frock. She is the glam.

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