August 26, 2017

Gender Schmender: Pansy Magazine Redefines What It Means To Be A Man In The Twenty-First Century

No longer will one's assigned gender determine what they are allowed to wear, how they are allowed to behave, or who they are supposed to be. In recent years, discussions of gender and what it means to be a man, a woman, both, or neither have grown to become extremely polarizing. The discussion of masculinity has gained momentum after society has begun to realize that people can take on more than one kind of identity with films such as The Mask You Live In. Boys do cry, wear skirts and makeup, and like pink; they can do all of that regardless of their sexual orientation. Of course, I'm simplifying things a little too much as men have deeper issues they face in this society. The point I'm making in the realm of fashion is that society has restricted men to express themselves with a limited color palette or a small range of facial expressions while encouraging violence and silencing males who endure matters like abuse and depression.
But unlike society, PANSY has bigger ideas for males. PANSY is an online magazine which focuses on "redefining the modern man, blurring the rigid categories of masculine and feminine." Fashion, a field of interest which is typically considered feminine, is explored in a series of photoshoots featuring male models. From floral prints to exuberant colors, PANSY is clearly unapologetic about the work they put out.
Having male models in vivid spreads and traditionally feminine clothing isn't the only thing that makes Pansy special. The editorials themselves are consistently well produced and the concepts are diverse and unique. I found these shoots uplifting as I have always had a hard time standing out or pushing my own boundaries, even if I'm not going to be socially persecuted for it.

Another thing I should point out is that not all of the models are white, which is so important because not everyone has the same experience when it comes to things such as gender inequality. For instance, the experience of being a woman differs so much between different cultures, socioeconomic statuses, and races/ethnic groups. The same should be expected when it comes to topics of masculinity.

If you find PANSY Mag to be of any interest to you, you can follow them on Instagram or view their online magazine at their official website.

August 19, 2017

Crisp White Shirts

From left to right, top to bottom: Proenza Schouler Grosgrain-trimmed Asymmetric Cotton-poplin Top for $690, Ann Demeulemeester Velvet-trimmed Cotton-poplin Wrap Shirt for $785, Palmer Harding Waterfall-hem Cotton-blend Poplin Shirt for $585, Dolce & Gabbana Grosgrain-trimmed Cotton-blend Poplin Shirt for $475, Brunello Cucinelli Beaded Grosgrain-trimmed Cotton-poplin And CloquĂ© Shirt for $1,575, Marques Almeida Open-back Ruffled Shirt for $426, A.W.A.K.E Oversized Wrap-effect Cotton-blend Shirt for $430, MSGM Ruffled-hem Seersucker Shirt for $223,  Maje Broderie Anglaise-trimmed Ruffled Cotton Blouse for $275.
I love a good white button-up collared shirt, and I can't get enough of them! Many fashion brands these days are restructuring the basic white shirt into more interesting silhouettes such as an off-the-shoulder style top, tie details, frilled collars, flow-y hems, etc. With so many options nowadays, the white crisp shirt will always remain fresh. I actually just purchased a bell-sleeved shirt with a flared hem; I'm hoping it works out for me. It looks similar to Zara's Pin Tuck Poplin Top which was sold out before I could buy it unfortunately...

I realize these shirts are pretty pricy, but they do serve as great inspiration! I find that it's hard to find nice structured shirts such as the above for an affordable price. A lot of button-up variations in fast fashion stores are a little boring and the quality is disappointing. Hopefully in the future, fast fashion giants will step up their game!