Wow! We made it. And that is saying a lot, for in my experience many people in my sphere of love and friendship transitioned to planes far beyond this one where I know they are experiencing the fullness of what they learned on earth and what they plan to bring back on their next journey.
For those of us still buzzing around and creating and discovering I am thrilled to say that there is an incredible shift in the air as far as fashion, lesbians, queerness, masculine beauty, design and designers go.
As you well know I am fashion advisor to the fabulous brand Saint Harridan, that not only surpassed their goal on Kickstarter but became the 7th ranked fashion fundraiser in the history of the crowdfunding site! Congratualtions to Mary Going and his team of talented and amazing people that made this all possible.
I am also happy to say that other lesbian owned and operated companies that were featured on Preppybaba last year are still growing and thriving and I look forward to seeing more and more entrepreneurs with fashion dreams take the plunge into the market.
(I do consult on such matters, so feel free to contact me at CONSULTING)
Here are some pic’s from the other fabulous queer fashion houses for 2013. (Shop queer!)
And new to the list:
In their own words – Tomboy Tailors is a fine clothier specializing in custom-made suits and shirts of the finest quality that are made-to-measure in the material, cut and fit that you want.
2013 is starting out to be a great year in the world of queer fashion. I am truly excited!
Size does not have to matter when it comes to style and fashion. It is always about the fit. One of my favorite male Dandy’s is Graham Elliot. He is always so pulled together on Master Chef. I love his style and the fit that he gets on his clothes. Graham is proof that big Dandis can put together current styles in fashion and rock the heck out of them.
Now there is an element of truth that he probably shops at a Big and Tall man’s shop and that is hard to do for us because the cuts are so gynormous that it can be impossible to find something that fits our chest or derriere that then doesn’t absolutely swallow us up every place else. You will have to shop around to find the store that carries both recent trends as well as cuts that will fit your body. Most men’s stores have tailors, use them to get the perfect fit for your body.
Style and fashion is most of all about confidence. I hate it when I see Dandis hiding their bodies in too baggy t-shirts and style-less garments that are way to big for them because they are afraid of showing the world what they are working with or because they believe that their size means they can’t find fashion that will make them look great. As I’ve said before, feeling good dies start on the inside but sometimes constantly looking blah on the outside can affect your mood and confidence. Believe me the better you feel about yourself will bring an amazing domino affect into your whole life.
Shopping can be a daunting task for everybody sometimes. I am not a small Dandi myself and have to go to many stores and try on many different designers before I can find the look that compliments my body as well as my sense of style. It can feel a lot like work but eventually, when you start hearing all of those flattering compliments, it becomes fun.
And don’t forget, there are always body shaping undergarments that can help even and smooth things out to help you fit better into your clothes. Certainly the practice of binding can decrease the chest area. And if you bind on a regular basis always wear the binding when try on your clothes. It will o make a difference in the size and definitely the fit.
If you feel like you’ve tried all of this and haven’t had much luck then there is always the fun of having your clothes tailor made for you. It may not be worth it to have your everyday clothes made but it can definitely give you the dapper edge to have a suit made specifically for your body.
There is a great suiting company in the UK owned by and designed for Butches (as shown below). Check out The Butch Clothing Company website and excellent look-book. Even though they are located in the UK they will work with you online and have a large selection of suits, shirts and other accessories for all types of occasions.