I Like to Dress Like a Man...So What?

Thursday, 9 February 2017

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So I like to dress a little manly. So what? I'm still a woman.
The above caption is something I have had to repeat to SO many people over the years, including my own immediate family. Along with; no I do not think I was born in the wrong body. And no, I am not a lesbian. I like Men, but I also like Men's styling just as much. And doing so, does not make me weird. It's just makes me androgynous.

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For years I have struggled to understand society's precedence upon women belonging to dresses and men belonging to their suits. I could never comprehend it, because if this was supposed to be the United Kingdom, a place so sure of it's freedom of speech and also expression, how then, was I now being opposed for wanting to wear a waistcoat and  trilby hat to my high school prom. Or a Fedora and blazer to my first date. Why was I being judged?
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You see, for me, fashion has always been my freedom of expression. My expression of style has always been a translation of myself and a chance to allow people to peer a little deeper into the soul I am so careful to keep hidden. I have never been afraid to wear what I wanted, dress the way I wanted, because of the way it would make me feel and the joy it would bring to my heart. Now I don't know about you guys, but to me, that's what fashion is all about, having fun with it and it making you feel happy.

Recently however, I have started to feel a little less confident with my choice of clothing. Now I don't know whether it's the feeling of impending doom with Trump's rule and his archaic views or my incredulous record of being able to catch and hold onto a man (jheeze, it's funny, how I always find a way to bring myself back round to that sore point eh?) but I have been really struggling with my overall appearance and wondering whether I needed to start "glamming" and "girling" myself up a little bit in order to start to conform with the societal conventionalists in order to see a different set of results in my life.
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But then I had a wake up call and thought, abso-bloody-lutely-not! My style is my strength. My style is my outlet, it is what makes me happy. It is what makes me strong. It is what has got me through some of my most toughest times. My personal style is a part of me. And just because I am struggling with my self-esteem and confidence, changing myself, to fit in with what is already out there, is not going to help matters in any way, shape or form.
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So yeah, maybe this outfit is something that looks like it has been plucked straight from a 1950's gangster biopic, but I like it and for all it's worth, I think it is totally funky and S-A-S-S-Y af. (Gosh I must stop with the 'af's' for all my sins!)

I guess I took these photos to reiterate the fact that my personal style, although conventionally a little "manly" is actually kind of cool and if I like it, then that's all that matters.
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These photos were taken in the uber cool Temple church area, in the lawyers district of London. To tell the truth, it was truly nerve-racking to shoot there, because it was swimming with suited and booted conformist lawyers and I had a momentary lapse of "let me get my coat back on-before-they-all-laugh-and-jeer-at-how-completely-unlaweyer-like-I-look".  But I quickly got over it and posed my ass off to create these BOMB af (there it is again) photos, which I have to thank my bud Sabreena from 'The Girl in the City' for freezing her arse off for, to get these fabbity fab shots. Thanks dude!
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Do you like this look? Are you confident in your personal style?

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