What It Feels Like For a Girl

Men’s fashion is SO boring. Fashion designer JW Anderson, known for blurring the lines between menswear and womenswear, agrees. "I feel like menswear has gotten to a point for me where it had to be thrown out the window and dragged back in. There's something that has gone stale for a while in men's, and I think you have to blow it up...”

'Blow it up’ might be an understatement. Anderson’s Men’s Fall 2013 collection was downright womanly- parading models down the runway in ruffled short-shorts, tube tops, femme-fatale playsuits, and expertly tailored dresses. In the past, gender-bending menswear had a “draggy” feel to it; but Anderson has specifically tailored each piece to suit the male figure; drawing attention to parts of the body that are typically associated with women’s fashion, accentuating the thighs, hips, and shoulders.
The collection, and the designer himself, are polarizing to say the least. Is he bat-shit crazy or just ahead of his time? Personally, I love anyone who practices with such blatant disregard for the status quo; but apparently some style bloggers are saying that Anderson “pushed the envelope too far”. To which I say...bitch it is time to open the damn envelope. Fashion is a constant state of change- try to keep up.

I have always wondered: Why don’t (can’t?) men and women share the same styling options? Why can’t (won’t?) both sexes wear the same garments? I mean hell-o...Marc Jacobs does it! And just look at how rich and successful he turned out! My fave song by Madonna, “What It Feels Like For A Girl”, sums up exactly why I believe men never quite ventured into the wonderful world of (historically speaking) “feminine” clothing. A clip of actress Charlotte Gainsbourg from the 1993 film “The Cement Garden” kicks off the song:

“Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots, because it's OK to be a boy, but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading, because you think that being a girl is degrading. But secretly you'd love to know what it's like, wouldn't you? What it feels like for a girl?”

Until next time,



  1. Love the shorts and tweed with the black boots!

  2. I did a double take when I first saw these clothes on the models. you're absolutely right, men's fashion is normally pretty boring—I mean, suit styles have barely changed in the last century! JW Anderson's styles are definitely an interesting concept though!
    ♥ vivian | seattleite fashionista

  3. What a brave move, and you're right, why not!? I wonder whether any of this will sell off the runway..

  4. love the last line and his interesting feminist comment. such a shame that we value being a woman so little.